In a previous article, we wrote about how there are some summer vegetables that can still be started in July. By doing so, you create a bumper crop to enjoy even more summer bounties. Once your bumper crop has been harvested, you will have a plethora of fresh produce to use up and we wanted to share some of our favorite ways to use up the bounties of your garden.
Here are 7 delicious ways to use up your summer vegetable harvest!
Fresh salads are always a go-to summer meal. Whether it be a fresh tomato Caprese salad, heirloom bean salad, cucumber salad, or a salad made with fresh-cut ears of corn, you are bound to get lots of use out of your bumper crop.
We love making a basic tomato sauce out of our bumper crop of tomatoes. We simply take two to three pounds of crushed tomatoes with onion and garlic and a little salt and pepper and allow it to simmer and the flavors to meld together and store it away for later use. This is the perfect base for tomato sauce, tomato soup, or even stew.
3. Salsa and Chutneys
Fresh tomato salsa is a perfect way to make use of your bumper crops. Many of you know your peppers will be outperforming many of the other vegetables growing because they love hot weather. So why not make good use of them.
3 large ripe tomatoes, diced or one 14-ounce can diced tomatoes with their juice
1 small onion, finely chopped
1-2 jalapenos, seeds, and veins removed, and minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon cumin
salt and pepper to taste
Another way to use up those tomato bounties is to make fresh bruschetta to add to crusty sliced bread. Here’s the recipe we use.
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 medium tomatoes, diced
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 loaf (1 pound) unsliced French bread
In a large bowl, combine oil, basil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add tomatoes and toss gently. Sprinkle with cheese. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Bring to room temperature before serving. Cut bread into 24 slices; toast under the broiler until lightly browned. Top with tomato mixture. Serve immediately.
Everybody loves a flavorful condiment to accompany their meal and chutneys are great for that! Chutneys are a savory condiment made from fruits, vegetables, and/or herbs with vinegar, sugar, and spices.
Here are some great chutney recipes from around the web: