During the summer everything is in bloom. Bright, vibrant flowers line the parks, and many of the tastiest fruits and vegetables are in season. ‘Tis the season for apricots, eggplant, corn, cucumbers, watermelon, bell peppers, tomatoes, cantaloupe, nectarines… and much more!

If you have a garden, now is an opportunity to grow fresh produce in your very own backyard. Pick your favorites and get creative with recipes. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, it’s good to acquaint yourself with what is currently in season, so you know what to look for at the grocery store. Shop from local sources, like Farmers Markets, if you can, to ensure you know where your nutrients are coming from.

Here is our favorite summer salad recipe, courtesy of Southern Living, using ingredients that are just ripe for the plucking.

Strawberry-Tomato Salad
Yields 6
A colorful salad using fresh, seasonal ingredients.
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Total Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
23 calories
5 g
0 g
0 g
1 g
0 g
82 g
199 g
3 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
82g
Yields
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 23
Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 199mg
8%
Total Carbohydrates 5g
2%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
8%
Vitamin C
50%
Calcium
3%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh strawberries
  2. 1/2 pound assorted small heirloom tomatoes, quartered
  3. 1/3 cup chopped, fresh basil
  4. 1 tablespoon chopped oregano
  5. 1 teaspoon loosely packed lemon zest
  6. 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
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calories
23
fat
0g
protein
1g
carbs
5g
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strawberry-tomato-salad-sl-xCredit: Southern Living

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