Or maybe you have a garden in your backyard or patio!
This leads to needing wonderful summer vegetable recipes like the 35 I have collected here!
Because vegetables are so versatile, some of the recipes included here are full summer vegetable dinners like #28 while others are tantalizing summer vegetable side dishes like #17 that could compliment any entree.
Keep in mind that summer vegetables ripen in stages like early, middle and late summer, but whichever veggies you use throughout the season, they will be colorful and delicious!
Summer vegetable salads keep salad creations fresh and interesting both taste-wise and texture-wise.
Another great benefit to using summer vegetables is that they can add a lot of color and variety to a meal.
I also included a few summer vegetable recipes low carb specifically for those following a low-carb eating plan.
Too many other foods to get derailed on and vegetables should not be one of them!
On the other hand, if you are a fan of pasta, summer vegetable pasta dishes are plentiful and may help draw the picky ones in the house into trying new dishes!
WIth 35 options, I hope the beautiful pictures and excellent recipes encourage you to experiment more with summer vegetable recipes this year!
Bonus: One of my very favorite summer vegetable recipes is this appetizer/snack Renee made called Goat-Cheese Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes.
Poppable and addictive, there’s something just exquisite about the combination of tangy cheese and sweet, fresh little ‘maters.
A winner for some will most definitely be summer vegetable recipes for vegetable soup.
No punches are being pulled here.
Just broth and veggies and seasonings in the form of herbs and parmesan cheese.
Dice everything into similar sizes for even cooking and include the veggies you love most!
Seems most folks consider summer vegetable sides as the best way to use fresh summer veggies.
So let’s collect a bunch of ideas and maybe one-night dinner could be a veggie plate of several different veggie sides!
Here corn and green beans are coated with heavenly butter-flavored using herbs like basil, chives, thyme, rosemary, tarragon, or parsley!
Sweet corn, bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes, herbs, and feta cheese make up this gorgeous summer vegetable salad!
The charred lime vinaigrette (instructions included) stars charred limes giving the whole salad a freshly grilled flavor.
Any protein could easily be added to make it a meal unto itself!
A different take on summer vegetable pasta dishes is this recipe which uses gnocchi, cooked by itself, and lots of grilled vegetables, like eggplant, zucchini, squash, corn, and red onions.
Toss in an oil and vinegar-based dressing and serve with feta sprinkled on top!
When the grill is hot and the veggies are fresh, summer vegetable recipes in nature are a great dinner side.
Simply grill the veggies and toss them in a light tangy marinade of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Raving compliments in the comments!
This recipe teaches us how to make delicious wraps as summer vegetable dinners filled with crisp, crunchy, fresh veggies!
It uses rice paper wrappers, lettuce leaves, basil leaves, mint leaves, cilantro, carrots, purple cabbage, red bell pepper, cucumber, and avocado.
Wrapping instructions are well explained.
The peanut sauce is for dipping if you wish.
Few summer vegetable sides have as catchy a name as this one!
If you are all about vegetable boats that are filled, then this recipe using zucchini is right up your alley!
The mixture the scooped-out zucchini boats are filled with is grated zucchini, goat cheese, onion, parmesan, paprika, salt, and pepper.
Once the boats are filled, the topping of panko, olive oil, paprika, and salt is sprinkled on.
Bake and enjoy!
Earlier we had corn with green beans, now we have corn and zucchini in our summer vegetable side dishes!
This pan-fried recipe starts with zucchini, yellow squash, corn, and garlic stirred until tender with Italian seasonings.
Once done, lemon juice is added along with crumbled feta.
Simple and delicious!
11. Fresh Corn Salad
Often times we think of grilling fresh corn on the cob and serving it as is.
But summer vegetable salads come alive with grilled corn that is cut off the cob and included in a side or salad.
This salad does just that by using corn off the cob, tomato, cucumbers, red onions, and herbs, with an apple cider vinegar and olive oil dressing.
Chop, toss and serve!
If pasta is what you want, several summer vegetable pasta dishes will oblige.
The pasta of choice is cooked separately and tossed with a lemon-flavored dressing.
Next, the zucchini, asparagus, corn, and yellow bell peppers are grilled.
Then the corn is cut off the cob, the other veggies diced and added to the pasta and dressing mix for combining!
If potato salad is a favorite but you want to turn it into summer vegetable recipes low carb focused, this recipe will help!
The cauliflower is boiled, the tomatoes are roasted and the bacon and leeks are cooked.
A delightful sauce of pickle relish, mustard, mayo, salt, and pepper will be added once everything is combined!
I like to have everything in one pot so summer vegetable dinners are what I love most!
The added protein of ground turkey compliments the onion, garlic, zucchini, green beans, and tomatoes!
Lovely seasonings plus mozzarella cheese make this a crowd-pleaser for sure!
Low-carb keto-friendly summer vegetable recipes are so delicious like this Baked Asparagus which has Gruyere cheese, garlic, and bacon to boot!
Drizzled with olive oil and minced garlic, the asparagus turns out just great!
Simple recipe with outstanding taste!
Raise your hand if you love cherry tomatoes!
I do, I do!
These summer vegetable sides never get old and cheer for the simplicity of this recipe!
Cherry tomatoes, garlic, and olive oil are combined and seasoned with salt and pepper then broiled.
The topping is panko and butter!
For summer vegetable side dishes it is hard to beat marinated tomatoes.
They need a day to soak in the flavor, hence the marinated part of the title!
The tomatoes are cut into half-inch thick slices and arranged in a shallow dish.
The marinade is made of olive oil, red wine vinegar, red onions, garlic, parsley, basil, salt, and pepper and is shaken together and poured over the tomatoes.
Refrigerate overnight but recommended to serve at room temperature.
If quinoa is on your eating plan, summer vegetable salads that include it are very filling.
The summer veggies used here include sweet peas, cherry tomatoes, red onion, colored peppers, and zucchini.
The fresh mozzarella, parsley, and thyme bring life to the salad.
Dressing recipe included.
For a definite Italian-influenced dish, summer vegetable pasta dishes do not disappoint.
Here the pasta primavera uses penne pasta along with asparagus, zucchini, yellow squash, and bell peppers that are roasted.
Then comes the lovely lemon garlic butter sauce to take everything to the next level!
Parmesan cheese for the win!
Mint is the flavor that shines through in this entry on my summer vegetable recipes low carb options side of the house!
Chop and mix is my kind of salad most summer days.
Chop up cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, and bell pepper into similar sizes and add minced mint.
Combine the oil and vinegar and pour over veggies, gently tossing with salt and pepper.
Another easy approach to summer vegetable recipes is with a stir-fry.
This recipe for Zucchini Stir Fry With Tofu uses carrots and bell peppers in addition to the zucchini.
Tofu and Asian profile seasonings pull it together.
Additionally, shrimp, chicken, or beef would all complement this dish quite well.
Occasionally summer vegetable sides can also double as appetizers!
Bacon-wrapped around asparagus spears sounds like heaven on earth.
It is made exactly like it sounds with strips of bacon cut in half longways and wrapped around the spears.
Bake for 20 minutes till crisp!
I need these right now!
I am immediately drawn to summer vegetable side dishes where the ingredients are sliced and diced quite small.
Here we cut corn off the cob, and diced tomatoes, celery, cucumber, and red onion.
The creamy dressing is made of sour cream, mayo, vinegar, jalapeno, celery seed, salt, and pepper!
After combining, chill for several hours before serving.
Tomatoes are the focus of many summer vegetable salads and they give this Caprese Salad that tempting bright red hue!
Just look at the stunning combination of vine tomatoes, mozzarella ball, fresh mozzarella, and green avocado!
Fresh basil and balsamic glaze round out the dish!
Orzo is the pasta used in a variety of summer vegetable pasta dishes.
The summer vegetables to be grilled for this recipe are cherry tomatoes, red onion, yellow and red bell pepper, and zucchini.
Of course, there is plenty of room for variations to meet your preferences or local availability.
Summer vegetable recipes with a low-carb style make great sides.
Here cauliflower and colored bell peppers are roasted, in the oven or on a grill.
After cooling, diced cucumber and fresh herbs are added.
Finally balsamic dressing and feta cheese complete this creation.
For summer vegetable dinners, tortellini brings something new to the mix!
The sauteed vegetables of zucchini, tomatoes, corn, and onion are easy to prepare.
Then the cooked tortellini and marinara sauce are folded in with the veggies and parmesan adds the final tasty touch!
This is one of my rather different summer vegetable recipes being called a slaw but the cabbage is not the focal point.
Instead, cucumber, mango, baby bell peppers, and jalapeno pepper are cut up straw-like and mixed together with the cabbage!
The sauce recipe is included and this make-ahead option is super helpful!
Here is another summer vegetable side soup for your consideration!
This low-carb recipe starts with sauteing onions and bell peppers with garlic.
Next cauliflower, green beans, diced tomatoes, broth, and seasonings are added.
Boil, then simmer for a while till veggies are to your liking!
Summer vegetable side dishes could bring any one of a number of vegetables to the forefront.
This recipe does that for the yellow squash.
This is so, so, so simple.
Cut squash into uniform size pieces, add parsley, feta cheese, and chopped walnuts.
Last, the lemon dressing recipe is provided in an associated link.
Mix all together gently for a truly enjoyable dish.
Summer vegetable salads can be used in many different ways from light lunches to dinner sides.
Here, cucumbers, tomatoes and red onions are sliced and dressed lightly in olive oil, red wine vinegar and a nice herb mix of dill and basil.
Chill and serve!
Often summer vegetable pasta dishes call for roasted veggies, like this one which has us oven roast tomatoes, red onions, and zucchini, adding shrimp at the end of the roast time.
The bowtie pasta is prepared separately.
The three parts of pasta, veggies and shrimp are then combined with homemade or purchased green goddess dressing and feta cheese.
Flavors can sometimes make all the difference to summer vegetable recipes low carb specific.
The veggies used are tomatoes, cucumbers and of course, riced cauliflower.
Here the bright cilantro lime dressing is fantastic adding that tantalizing citrus flavor to the whole salad.
For my last recipe on this list, summer vegetable dinners shine when the trifecta of sausage, pasta and veggies come together in one dish!
Brown up the sausage, then add in cherry tomatoes, yellow squash and basil.
Serve over pasta of your choice.
Simple, straightforward and satisfying!
The bottom line
When it is harvest time, summer vegetable recipes come in really handy for creative ways to use the freshest of foods available.
I do hope these summer vegetable sides and dinners motivated you to try out something new!
- Summer Vegetable Soup
- Summer Corn+Green Beans With Herb Butter
- Cucumber Tomato Salad
- Grilled Summer Vegetable Salad
- Summer Vegetable Gnocchi Salad
- Balsamic Marinade For Grilled Vegetables
- Vegetable Spring Rolls With Peanut Sauce
- Zucchini Houdini-Goat Cheese & Parmesan Stuffed Zucchini
- Summer Gratin
- Zucchini & Sweet Corn With Feta
- Fresh Corn Salad
- Grilled Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad
- BLT Cauliflower Salad
- Turkey & Vegetable Skillet
- Cheesy Baked Asparagus With Gruyere Cheese, Garlic, & Bacon
- Tomato & Basil Bake
- Marinated Tomato Salad
- Summer Quinoa Vegetable Salad With Fresh Mozzarella
- Pasta Primavera Recipe With Lemon Garlic Butter
- Low Carb Chopped Cucumber Garden Salad
- Summer Vegetable Chowder
- Zucchini Stir Fry With Tofu
- Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
- Fresh Vegetable Salad
- Caprese Salad With Avocado
- Grilled Vegetable Orzo Pasta Salad
- Low Carb Roasted Vegetable Salad
- Cheese Tortellini With Sautéed Vegetables
- Mango Cucumber Summer Slaw
- Keto Low Carb Vegetable Soup
- Keto Summer Squash Salad
- Creamy Cucumber Tomato Salad
- Cold Shrimp & Veggie Pasta Salad With Green Goddess Dressing
- Cauliflower Salad With Cilantro Lime Dressing
- Italian Sausage Pasta With Cherry Tomatoes
- Take a look at our Summer Vegetable Recipes list!
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