In Season: Summer Produce

Summer is almost here and that means a whole new crop of produce will be hitting farmers markets and groceries soon! Bright colored fruits and vegetables like strawberries, asparagus, and sugar snap peas may catch your eye, but maybe you don’t know what to do with them. Don’t fear: Believe it or not, you can enjoy most fruits and vegetables raw – what’s better than savoring a perfectly ripe strawberry straight from the stem?! But if you want to get more creative, you can add them to a variety of dishes. Here are some ways to use the best of the season.


  • Blanch and add to a crudite platter or salad
  • Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and grill for your next BBQ
  • Chop and add to quiche or frittata


  • Make a chutney to top fish, chicken, and steak
  • Add to whole grain muffins
  • Chop into a chicken salad

Sugar Snap Peas:

  • Mix into a stir fry
  • Blanch and top a salad
  • Roast with sesame oil


  • Quench your thirst with a strawberry yogurt smoothie
  • Add to a spinach salad
  • Top low-fat ice cream with strawberries and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar


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By Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN for Fresh Express

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  1. […] During the summer, we shared some of our favorite fruit and vegetables of the season along with ways… Now that fall is here, the produce offerings are a little different, and that means your salad fixings, side dishes, and mid-afternoon snacks are going to change too. You may still see some of those summer favorites in the fresh produce aisle, but you’ll likely pay a lot for them and they won’t be as flavorful as they were a few months ago – a result of being shipped long distances and picked before their prime. And while most fruit and vegetables are available all year round in the canned goods aisle and the freezer section, there are lots of benefits of eating fresh produce, one of which is keeping farmers in business. To help you get a handle on produce that will take you from fall into winter and how to prepare it, here are five favorites of the season. […]

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