15 Summer Recipes to Make From Farmers’ Market Finds

From heirloom tomatoes to fragrant summer berries, how to make the most of your market haul

By SAVEUR Editors

Published on July 24, 2018

SAVEUR editors and contributors have a pretty well-documented love of produce. Between the SAVEUR Market Report and all our many produce guides, it's clear we've got a bit of a thing for the good garden stuff. And what better time to go produce-crazy than summer? If we go to a summer farmers' market, we're definitely coming back with tomatoes, cucumbers, peaches, cherries, strawberries—as much as we can carry and then some. If you're looking for some inspiration for you summer produce haul, we've got just what you need. From savory tomato pies to simple grilled squash, here's a list of what we're making with all our favorite summer produce.

Pan Fried Eggplant
Pan Fried Eggplant With Capers and Basil

Sass up creamy eggplant with briny capers, fragrant basil, and a sweet-and-tangy balsamic reduction. Get the recipe for Pan Fried Eggplant With Capers and Basil »

Summer Succotash Salad
Summer Succotash Salad

This summer mainstay is elevated with grilled sweet corn, plus fresh edamame in place of the traditional limas. Get the recipe for Summer Succotash Salad »

Japanese-Style Swiss Chard and Sesame Salad

Turn tough chard leaves tender by giving them a light pounding, then dress them in this light sesame-flavored vinaigrette. It’s the perfect side to Amy Thielen’s Japan-meets-Midwest tonkatsu burger. Get the recipe for Japanese-Style Swiss Chard and Sesame Salad »

Melon Butter
Melon Butter

Like apple butter, melons can be cooked down to a jammy, spreadable condiment, as in this recipe from chef Silvia Baldini of Strawberry and Sage. Spread it on toast tomorrow morning or save it (via proper canning technique) for a pork chop in the dead of winter.

Grilled Strawberries
Grilled Strawberries

Roasting strawberries over mellow, barely glowing embers turns them from bright red bulbs to plump crimson pillows of deeply sweet juice. Get the recipe for Grilled Strawberries »

Watermelon Gazpacho
Watermelon Gazpacho

Juicy sweet watermelons go savory in this summery no-cooking-required soup from Anna Watson Carl. Spicy bite comes from jalapeños and red onions, while tomatoes and tart lime juice provide acidity. Get the recipe for Watermelon Gazpacho »

Grilled Shallots with Dill (Schalottenlök i Folie)
Grilled Shallots with Dill (Schalottenlök i Folie)

Milder than their cousin the onion, shallots are ideal for grilling. For a midsummer cookout in Sweden, home cook Asa Johanson tosses shallots in butter and olive oil, wraps them in foil with dill, and cooks the package slowly on the grill until the shallots soften and caramelize, taking on a deep, sweet flavor.

Tomato and Cucumber Salad
Tomato and Cucumber Salad With Fennel Dressing

Tomatoes and cucumbers are a classic combination. Here, Eli Sussman of the Sussman Brothers modernizes the summer staple with heirloom varieties of the titular ingredients and brings them together with a caramelized fennel–lemon dressing. Get the recipe for Tomato and Cucumber Salad With Fennel Dressing »

Raspberry Brûlée
Raspberry Brûlée

This raspberry brûlée is a delightful combination of whipped cream and luscious ripe raspberries covered with a crunchy sugar topping.

Simple Weeknight Meal, Summer bolognese
Summer Bolognese

This recipe for summer bolognese has the classic comfort of bolognese, but without the heaviness of a red sauce, instead embracing the summer’s bounty of gorgeous tomatoes and fresh basil.

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