In The Kitchen

Top 5 Tips: Making the Most Out of Your Summer Produce

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The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining, and if you are anything like us, you are planting your gardens and scoping out the local farmer’s markets. 


The summer brings us such a variety of produce and we are always looking for ways to make the most of this beautiful season.

We thought we would share some of our tips for creative ways to use your produce before it’s time to add it to the compost.


Look for ways to change recipes to include the seasons best. 

All winter long, our garden salads are loaded up with the standards…but what’s hiding in your garden that can be added for something new and fresh? Maybe switch lettuce for kale, add some fresh berries to your salad to brighten it up, add fresh herbs to your vinaigrette, or throw raw string beans in your salad for crunch. Just mix and match to your taste and enjoy!

If an entrée is what you are looking for, slice up your squash like spaghetti and have a vegetarian night of Italian deliciousness.

And don’t forget dessert, a Fat Free Vanilla Pudding with fresh berries and fruit is a delicious way to satisfy your sweet tooth without loading up on calories. 


Start your day with a smoothie or fresh juice

If you have a juicer, mix and match fruits and veggies to get a nutrient rich drink to replace your breakfast and get your day started. One of our favorites is mint, kale, green apple, celery and cucumber poured over ice. The possibilities are endless! 


Make a pizza

Have fun adding different toppings to your pizza or try the newest fad…cauliflower pizza crust with toppings from your garden. Check out our recipe from Chef Raffy! 


Share it!

Ask the people in your office, the parents in your kid’s class, or your friends and family if they are growing anything in their gardens this year and see if you can share your surplus with each other!


Make a soup

Vegetable soup is a delicious way to get your daily required veggies and is kid friendly too! Add soup with a sandwich and have a delicious and healthy treat. We found a really fun way to mix and match your options here:


What are some of the fun things you are doing with your produce this year?




Shawn Wilson is one of the Founding Partners of Viga Italian Eatery & Caterer. Using her passion for food and entertaining, she has helped create our reputation for amazing food, top notch catering, and beautiful presentation. Living in Gloucester with her 3 Italian Greyhounds, Shawn uses her extra time to create helpful blogs for our customers and readers.