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Creative Summertime Recipes Highlighting Your Local Produce

Creative Summertime Recipes Highlighting Your Local Produce

Here at Toby’s, we love seasonal produce! It supports the local economy, is better for the environment, contains more nutrients, and tastes a whole lot better! So you can’t blame us for getting a little excited during summer here in the Pacific Northwest — especially when we have so many delicious fresh fruits and vegetables to choose from.

Are you looking for some creative summertime recipes to add a little fresh flavor to your meals? 

Or maybe you have an overabundance of delicious, local produce that you don’t want to go to waste?

Let’s take a look at some creative ideas to enjoy the flavor and the health benefits of summertime produce. You’ll see how even fruit can be incorporated into your next dinner––imagine your family’s surprise when you tell them strawberries are for dinner!

So what’s growing during summer? If you visit your local farmer’s market or get a box from your local CSA, here’s what you’re probably seeing.

summer produce info

If you find yourself overwhelmed by more produce than you know what to do with or if you’re just ready to add a little fun summertime flavor to your meals, check out these recipes.

This tip has become more and more popular — instead of buying a disposable item, get something that’s reusable. For example, use a refillable water bottle, instead of plastic disposable water bottles. Or when you go to the grocery store to shop for your favorite Toby’s product, bring your reusable shopping bags instead of the plastic bags the store provides. Waste Management estimates that we use 4 TRILLION plastic bags each year worldwide. Let’s do our part to bring that number down!

zucchini fries with blue cheese dressing

It seems like many home gardeners have zucchini coming out of their ears! How can you tempt your kids (and yourself!) to eat more zucchini? How about turning them into fries? Add a little Toby’s Blue Cheese Dressing & Dip on the side and watch that zucchini disappear. We also have a recipe for Stuffed Zucchini Boats which are perfect for serving as a plant-forward entrée.

Vegetarian Stuffed Bell Peppers with Jalapeño Ranch Dressing

Bell peppers are a summertime veggie favorite. If you want to skip the meat, but not the flavor, check out this flavorful stuffed bell pepper recipe with some added zip from Toby’s Jalapeño Ranch Dressing & Dip.

cucumber canapes

Are you looking for an appetizer for a barbeque or picnic? These elegant, plant-based, but mega-tasty canapés featuring Toby’s Jalapeño Dip & Spread are sure to be a hit!

shrimp tacos with jalapeno sauce

Tacos are a favorite all year long, but you can add some summer vibes with this delicious recipe starring mango salsa. To prevent these tacos from getting too sweet, add Toby’s Jalapeño Ranch Dressing & Dip for a touch of creamy heat.

Nothing says summer like a ripe, juicy peach. They’re great on their own or in a cobbler, but what about adding them to your salad? This recipe includes Toby’s Honey Mustard Dressing to give you the perfect savory component to this sumptuous salad.

Strawberry Walnut Spinach Salad with Feta Cheese Dressing

Here’s another salad recipe that tastes like a bite of sunshine. Your fresh, local strawberries will shine in this salad and pair well with the zingy flavor of Toby’s Feta Cheese Dressing & Dip.

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