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What to Cook This July

What to Cook This July

July is here. Thank goodness. In June, we listened as very important protests and conversations took place. We spent our first wedding anniversary together in a little cabin. We said goodbye to my beloved grandmother Virginia, and I already miss talking to her about my latest gardening endeavors. The tomatoes that I grew from seed for the first time this spring are getting so big!

We looked for a new home and found one that was downright perfect, except for the location. We’re still looking. Maybe we’ll find the right one in July. Here’s to a month of hope, progress and good health for all of us. I have new recipes in the pipeline, and you’ll find plenty of in-season recipes below.

Looking for 4th of July recipes? Here are some of my favorites. The more salads, the better!

  • Dips: Chunky Avocado Salsa, Mediterranean Tomato and Feta Dip, Pimento Cheese or Strawberry Salsa
  • Hearty Salads: Favorite Quinoa Salad, Fresh Black Bean Salad, Garden-Fresh Corn Salad, Jessica’s Marinated Chickpeas, Herbed Potato Salad (no mayo!), Layered Panzanella or Watermelon Salad with Herbed Yogurt Sauce
  • Meals: Grilled Veggie Skewers with Cilantro-Lime Rice (Love Real Food, page 160), Mujadara (Lentils and Rice with Caramelized Onions) or Sweet Potato & Black Bean Veggie Burgers (I prefer the version in my cookbook, page 177)
  • Fun Desserts: Blueberry Almond Crisp, Easy Pineapple Mint Popsicles, Gluten-Free Almond Cake with Berries on Top or No-Bake Greek Yogurt Tart


Gaby’s Cucumber Salad

Gluten free and vegan

“Made this immediately last night and loved it – my daughter as well! Quick and easy for when you get home from work – served alongside pasta.” – Connie

More avocado recipes »

Berries! Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries & Strawberries

Gluten-Free Almond Cake with Berries on Top

Gluten free

“Sooooo good. I added a little powdered sugar to the Greek yogurt and this was delicious. Thanks for the easy summer showstopper!” – Carrie

More blueberry recipes » (also blackberries, raspberries and strawberries)


Balsamic Stone Fruit Sundae

Gluten free and vegan if you use vegan ice cream

“I made this for a cooking class I taught and everyone loved it!! Hopefully you get some more readership, because I tell so many of my patients about your blog :)” – Tricia

More cherry recipes »


Sweet Corn & Black Bean Tacos

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I made these last night and they were WONDERFUL! I loved the flavor; the lime adds a lot. I followed the recipe exactly and they are fabulous the next day for lunch!” – Laura

More corn recipes »


Veggie Sushi Bowls

Gluten free (see recipe notes for vegan option)

“OH my goodness Kate, I have loved every recipe I’ve made from your site….but I have to say the Sushi Bowl is the best yet, YUM!!” – Charlene

More cucumber recipes »

Green Beans

Blackened Green Bean and Quinoa Salad

Gluten free and easily vegan (skip the feta)

“This might actually be my favourite grain salad ever. The combination of textures is phenomenal– definitely don’t skip the toasted almonds! It’s a little bit involved but if you multitask it comes together fairly quickly. I’ve made it several times now and will definitely continue to do so as long as I can get fresh sweet corn!” – Elinor

More green bean recipes »


Ashley’s Sun-Dried Tomato Caesar Salad

Vegetarian and delicious

“Tried this last night it was DELICIOUS and SO EASY! On my lunchtime favorite list. Thanks Kate!” – Carolyn

More salad recipes »


Heather’s Zucchini Noodles with Basil-Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Vegan and gluten free

“We are volume eaters in my household and we need large quantities of food to feel full! This pesto was a total hit, my kids were shovelling down the whole meal and begging for more. VEGETABLES. MORE VEGETABLES? That’s a first! THANK YOU!” – J Marie

More basil recipes » (also cilantro and dill)


Heirloom BLT Salad (with Coconut Bacon!)


“Kate, this salad is so delicious. The DRESSING–I know everyone is going wild for your coconut bacon, which is wonderful and all, but the DRESSING! I love that it is oil-free so you can really load up on it. This salad is raising the bar for salads in my book. You’ve done it again, Cookie and Kate!” – Tory

More kale recipes »


Thai Mango Cabbage Wraps with Crispy Tofu and Peanut Sauce

Easily gluten free and easily vegan

“I made these tonight and they are so delicious. A perfect summer meal. I also mustvsay that this is the first time myself and my boyfriend have actually enjoyed (even, loved) tofu! Yay for soggy free perfectly crisp tofu.” – Deana

More mango recipes »


Creamy Peach & Honey Popsicles

Gluten free

I need you guys to try these and let me know how they turn out! I loved them.

More peach recipes »


Fresh Black Bean Salad

Gluten-free and vegan

“Hi Kate, I had forgotten how delicious this salad is! Served it with slow cooker mac & cheese for dinner last night. I really like that you mix the whole salad at one time, no separate dressing to prepare, and also that the dressing just “dresses” the ingredients and does not drown them!! Perfect summer meal – easy, make ahead, no use of the stove :) Thanks, again, for sharing!” – Kris

More bell pepper recipes »


Plum Crisp

Gluten-free and easily vegan (see notes)

“I made this as a dessert for a ladies group dinner and everyone LOVED it! Thank you.” – Daniela

More plum recipes »


Herbed Red Potato Salad (no mayo!)

Gluten-free and vegan

“Absolutely wonderful recipe- so fresh and light compared to traditional potato salad and was a hit during my father’s birthday! Liked it so much we’re making it again tonight!” – Tori

More potato recipes »


Colorful Veggie Lettuce Wraps


“I Just made these for dinner and they were delicious! My whole family loved them. Easy to put together and fun to assemble at the table. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes!” – Katherine

More radish recipes »

Summer Squash

Pesto Squash Noodles and Spaghetti with Burst Cherry Tomatoes

Easily gluten free and easily vegan (see notes)

“Didn’t think twice about whipping this one up for tonight since all I had to buy were the zucchinis and tomatoes. I made it vegan with nutritional yeast and OH MY this is an amazing recipe. So simple! You are quickly becoming my favorite food blogger! Can’t wait to share this creation with my loves. Thanks” – Lauren

More zucchini recipes » (also yellow squash)


Mediterranean Tomato & Feta Dip

Gluten free

“Made this tonight for a quick dinner. It was so delicious! I’ll be bringing this to all the parties/BBQs I go to this summer. I love your blog :)” – Jodi

More tomato recipes »

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