Late Summer Vegetable Recipes I’m Loving

I go crazy for this time of year. Maybe literally. Almost every Saturday this summer I’ve been in my car by 6:45 am to head to the St. Jacob’s Farmers Market – is that crazy? I’ll let you decide.

late summer vegetables

But the excitement of picking out new fruits and vegetables for the week is enough to drag me out of bed at that hour (and it helps that I’m naturally an early riser anways). Especially now that it’s the peak time for some of my late summer favourites like tomatoes and zucchini! Truth be told I rarely even bat an eye at some of these vegetables the other 9-10 months of the year, but the second they hit farmers markets, I’m all over them. You can’t beat that fresh local flavour!

Tomatoes have been finding their way into simple salads, always with some form of cheese (I’m having a bit of a love affair with fior de latte at the moment). Zucchini grated into patties and pan fried so that they become deliciously crispy. Peppers and eggplant roasted until they become soft and slightly charred. And corn – well I keep meaning to make corn patties or something, but it’s just so good eaten plain right off the cob!

roasted red peppers

If you’re in need of some more inspiration, here’s what I’ve been cooking with summer’s bounty lately:

tomatoes and peppers 

Caprese Salad with Grilled Peppers via Jamie Oliver
Grilled Vegetable Salad with Smoky Cumin Dressing via Yummy Beet
Tomato Eggplant Stew over Parmesan Polenta via Snixy Kitchen
Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup
Sun Dried Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Pasta (recipe coming soon!)

summer squash 

Summer Squash Gratin with Gruyere and Salsa Verde via Smitten Kitchen
Shaved Summer Squash Salad via Bon Appetit
Zucchini Fritters via Clean Eats, Fast Feets
Arugula Pesto and Zucchini Pizza with Chevre

beets 

Farro Salad with Beet Greens and Sun Dried Tomatoes via Brooklyn Supper
Golden Beet Salad with Orange Miso Dressing via Oh She Glows
Balsamic Glazed Beets via The Washington Post

miscellaneous late summer vegetables 

Sweet Potato, Corn, and Feta Salad via What’s Gabby Cooking
Smoked Trout and Summer Bean Salad via Fine Cooking

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8 Responses to Late Summer Vegetable Recipes I’m Loving

  1. We’ve been on a veggie roasting kick! Asparagus, sweet potatoes, red potatoes, etc. It’s all so good!

  2. Um yeah, 6:45am on a Saturday is crazy to me but I can sympathize with your love for all of the veggies right now. Especially tomatoes. They’re to-die-for this time of year!

    And all of these recipes look amazing!

    • Chelsea

      Haha I know it’s kind of crazy, but the farmers market is so popular that it’s hard to get a parking spot if you go later on!

  3. I’m glad someone else is still on the late summer veggie train with me. I should have known it would be you.

    That eggplant stew with polenta you posts on IG last night looked amazing. I was hoping to get another eggplant this week in my share so I could make ratatouille. I’m thinking of going with this instead.

    Thanks for sharing my recipe. I hope all is well in O’Canada Land.

    • Chelsea

      You know it! I’m right there beside you waving my banner in defence of the late summer veggies. Squash and pumpkin aren’t even fully in season here yet – the farmer I worked for a few summers ago told me that squash isn’t good until after the first frost, so now I always go by that rule.

  4. Grilled vegetable salad for moi! :)

  5. I love farmers markets- absolutely never crazy to head out early to get there :)

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