Vegetables

Recipe: Chicken and Veggie Pesto Salad — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Now that the summer farmers market season is in full swing, I know I can count on a steady stream of ripe seasonal produce and fresh herbs to make a roster of salads that are anything but boring. Full of a robust assortment of the freshest veggies, strips of juicy chicken, and tossed with a bright, herby pesto, this no-lettuce summer salad comes together with a single trip to the farmers market.

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20 New & Exciting Ways to Eat Zucchini for Dinner — Recipes from The Kitchn

Oh, zucchini — it's hard to explain our feelings about this summer vegetable. We cheer when it arrives, but then all too quickly it overwhelms us. How do you keep up with the vegetable that just never seems to stop giving? The good news is that it's one of the most versatile veggies out there, so you've got loads of options when looking for ways to keep your zucchini consumption exciting. Here are 20 ways to enjoy the summer standby.

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Recipe: Cucumber Gin & Tonic Pitcher Cocktail — Summer Pitcher Drinks

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My favorite cocktail is a gin and tonic. But sometimes, even if I use extra-fancy tonic water and good gin, it feels like it just needs a little bit more. Sure, a lime will do, but what about something a touch different? Something that could transform it into a party-ready cocktail rather than the quiet cocktail I sip on Sunday evenings. The answer to this dilemma is a slew of cucumbers — oh, and a big ol' pitcher so that it can be batched and served up to whatever thirsty crowd you happen to invite over.

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20 Recipes to Turn Your Farmers Market Haul into Breakfast — Recipes from The Kitchn

When you're knee-deep in all the great produce available at the farmers market, chances are breakfast isn't the first meal that's on your mind. You may be thinking of the crisp salad or juicy fruit cobbler you'll be making later, but probably not how you'll use all those good things for breakfast, aside from sprinkling those berries on your morning yogurt. Well, grab an extra bag and load up because there's no better way to start your summer day than by using the most seasonal produce in your breakfast.

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Recipe: Sparkling Strawberry Cucumber Sangria — Pitcher Cocktails

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

This pitcher sangria is all you need to start a party this summer. Invite a few friends over, stir it up, and consider the remaining details unimportant. You could throw a few burgers on the grill, make some sides, and feel like a champion. But honestly, even if you just scraped together whatever hunks of cheese you have in the fridge, set out that half-empty tub of hummus, and then ordered in pizza, it would still be a celebration. That's because this sangria is fruity, fresh, and, most importantly, fizzy — and bubbles always make for a party.

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50 Summer Vegetable Dishes to Make in 20 Minutes — Recipes from The Kitchn

When it comes to summer cooking, there are two things I always do: Fill my plate with as many fresh, seasonal veggies as possible and keep things as quick and easy as possible. Less time in the kitchen means more time poolside, on the patio, stoop, or fire escape enjoying the warm weather!

From a creamy corn and egg scramble and summer squash succotash to a one-minute tomato sandwich, here are 50 delicious ways to get your fill of veggies in 20 minutes or less.

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