Summer brings an interesting dilemma: The sun is out, the temperature is hot (in the sweltering South, at least), and the last thing you want to do is heat up your kitchen cooking. But…summer also brings an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, and you owe it to them (and yourself) to cook them.
Most of us who love food, especially fresh summer produce, wind up doing more cooking that we might expect to in the summer. Blame it on all the lovely watermelons at the farmers’ market, all the peppers, zucchini, and eggplant being left on our porch by some anonymous gardener. We can’t resist making jalapeño pickles and even watermelon rind preserves.
We kick off summer here in the States with a celebration, Independence Day, that demands lots of cooking: veggie burgers to go on the grill, potato salads and baked beans, fruit-filled desserts. So whether you’re looking for great recipes to use your summer produce or perfect picnic/cookout foods for the Fourth of July, I’ve got you covered with these ten essential vegan summer recipes.
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