What to Cook in June: A Produce Guide

Hi, friends. Welcome to my new monthly produce guide series! After googling “what’s in season in _____” for the thousandth time, I decided to create a guide from of all the information I found. It’s a way for me to give some sort of seasonal organization to my old recipes and share dishes from my favorite websites. I hope you find these guides useful!

June Produce Guide - click through for recipes ideas using these ingredients! by @healthynibs.

AVOCADOS (FROM CALIFORNIA)

Avocado Cantaloupe Bowls with Pomegranate Balsamic Reduction - paleo, whole30, gluten-free, vegan by @healthynibs

Although I see Haas avocados in the supermarket year round, they’re usually imported from Mexico. It’s this time of the year when California avocados are in season! Last year, I discovered the Sir Prize avocado at a farmer’s market in San Mateo. Besides its awesome name, Sir Prize avocados have a thinner skin, and the flesh doesn’t brown after you cut into them! I haven’t been able to find them in Sacramento yet, but see if your local markets carry them.

Recipe Inspiration:

BEETS

Simple Red Beet Power Smoothie - this simple detox smoothie is made with ingredients that you recognize! @healthynibs

Beet it, just beet it. Nobody wants to be defeated . . . (I had to).

Recipe Inspiration:

CHERRIES

Vegan Peach, Cherry, and Blueberry Crumble by @healthynibs

Nothing brings me more joy during the summer than grabbing a handful of cherries, stuffing them in my mouth, and spitting out the pits. There are times when I just don’t act like a lady . . .

When you’re making a recipe that requires a lot of cherries, pitting them can be an awful chore. I bought this OXO cherry pitter last year, and I love it. It’s definitely a tool that I leave in my kitchen drawer for most of the year, but when it’s summer, boy, does it come in handy!

If you don’t want to buy another gadget, no worries. I’ll be sharing a video on how you can pit cherries without using a knife or a pitter!

Recipes:

CUCUMBERS

Vegetable Hand Rolls from @healthynibs

Confession time: I hate regular cucumbers—the ones that are usually least expensive with a ton of seeds in the middle. I generally go for Persian cucumbers, and they’re usually more readily available around this time of the year. Also, if you head over to the farmer’s markets, you might see some lemon cucumbers! They’re yellow and have a slightly milder taste.

Recipes:

GREENS

Kale Salad with Fried Tofu and Miso Ginger Dressing - an easy vegan salad with asian flavors | healthynibblesandbits.com

A lot of these greens are available year round, but they are in abundance during the summer. Cue my happy dance.

Recipes:

FRESH HERBS

Summer Green Soup with King Oyster Mushroom Chips - gluten-free, whole30, paleo, vegan | healthynibblesandbits.com

This is the time of the year when I hoard all the fresh basil and mint I can find. The thing is, I never know what to do with all these bunches of fresh herbs before they go bad. Thankfully, there are a wealth of recipes from other food blogs that are definitely worth trying.

Recipes:

LEEKS

Thai-Spiced Potato Leek Soup - an easy, vegan soup that's easy to make! by Lisa Lin of healthynibblesandbits.com

I love the flavor of leeks, especially in soups. The slight problem is that they collect a lot of dirt, so be sure to wash them thoroughly before cooking them. Elise from Simply Recipes has a great tutorial on how to clean them.

Recipes + a How-To!:

FRESH PEAS (& PEA SHOOTS)

Burmese Fried Rice - a quick and healthy vegan fried rice with shallots, peas, and turmeric! by @healthynibs

Shelling these peas is a bit of a chore, but fresh peas taste wonderful. Just put a tv show or podcast in the background, and that time will fly by.

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RHUBARB

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie via @healthynibs

Rhubarb is one of those things that I didn’t get into until recently. I love cooking them in pies and making rhubarb jams!

Recipes:

STRAWBERRIES

Gluten-Free Strawberries and Cream Oat Flour Waffles - these waffles are paired with a homemade kahlua whipped cream that you make in a jar! (video tutorial) by @healthynibs

Now is the time of the year to eat strawberries!! Yes, you can find them year round, but off-season strawberries are expensive and tart. Do yourself a favor and buy a pint this week. They are truly nature’s candy.

Recipes:

STRING BEANS

String beans from @healthynibs

I never bought purple beans until recently, when I saw them at the farmers market. Much to my disappointment, they don’t stay purple after they cook—they turn into a very dark green color.

Recipes:

SUMMER SQUASH

Carrot Top Pesto Pasta by @healthynibs

Zucchini, yellow squash, eight ball squash (sometimes called globe squash), zephyr squash, pattypan squash . . they’re all in season now! Zucchini, yellow squash, and zephyr squash are more commonly available at supermarkets. You might have to venture to your farmers markets to find eight ball squash and pattypan squash. I like stuffing eight ball squash, and slicing pattypan squash for stir fries.

Recipes:

June Produce Guide + Recipes by @healthynibs

Note: This post contains an affiliate link to the cherry pitter

12 thoughts on “What to Cook in June: A Produce Guide

  1. Faith (An Edible Mosaic)
    I love this! There's nothing better than fresh, local produce in season and I love seeing all the new things at the market each week. We're always looking for new ideas and this is a great collection! Thank you so much for including me. xoxo
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  2. Traci | Vanilla And Bean
    What a great way to bring the freshest of veggies and recipes front and center! I love this round up.. so much to choose from. I gotta say, I often am at a loss for rhubarb because it seems I just make the same things with it. I think it's time to step out of my box! Thank you for this, Lisa and including my salad among so many fabulous bloggers and their recipes! xo
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    1. Lisa Lin Post author
      If you get a chance, definitely check out Naturally Ella's rhubarb recipes. Erin has a rhubarb salsa on there that I've got my eye on!
      Reply

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