Top Ten Recipes I Want to Try with CSA Veggies

It is the first day of summer!! So let’s celebrate by feasting our eyes on some things that just make summertime awesome. My CSA veggies. It has only been going for 2 weeks but already I am just exploding with happiness at having delicious, fresh, local food in my belly. Here are some recipes I have recently stumbled upon that I will be making as each ingredient comes in season.

Herbal Lemonade: This just says summer to me. Now I want one of those pretty beverage dispensers to serve it from.

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Roasted Beet Crostini: There are truly few food combinations I love as much as beets and goat cheese. I truly can’t get enough of it. This might be dangerous.

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Egg and Spinach Quiche Cups: I am not a big fan of eggs, but I try and eat them for breakfast because they are so good for you. We get a lot of spinach and I can only handle so many salads. This kills 2 birds, one stone.

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Kale Chips: We get a lot of kale. Like from beginning to the end of the CSA. While no one else in my family really liked these I thought they were yummy and super easy to make.

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Tomato-Basil Skewers: Someone needs to invite me to a party so I can bring these. I actually have the ingredients in my garden as well so if something actually grows this year I might make a lot of these.

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Avocado and Grilled Corn Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette: I personally believe there is only one kind of sweet corn worth eating and that is sweet corn grown in Iowa. But since I moved away I have to settle for Michigan corn. And as soon as it is in season I will be making this. And lots of it.

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Zucchini Pizza Bites: I am pretty sure I am not going to fool my kids into thinking this is pizza, but darn it, I am going to try.

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Parmesan Broccoli: We actually typically eat our broccoli quite plain around here, but I love how this is simple yet takes it up a notch.

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Fried Okra: I love it when we get okra and I can make these little delights. And I love how Robin adds a little something special that make it even tastier.

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Strawberry Mojitos: Last year I got a lot of mint and didn’t know what to do with it since I am not big on mint in savory foods. Enter the mojito. Add in some seasonal strawberries and oh my heavens. Yum. 

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And now I am hungry. This post is linked up to Top Ten Tuesday at the fabulous Oh Amanda


  1. I’m all over that zucchini pizza. It’s growing out my ears!

  2. Those zucchini bites are delish!

  3. Kristen says:

    Those are great recipes – this is the first year we joined a CSA and I’m looking forward to trying these. Here’s a good recipe that uses mint. It is really easy and really refreshing for summer:

    Orzo Salad

    1 lb box orzo
    3-4 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
    1 large cucumber, seeded and diced
    5 green onions, diced
    1 tbsp minced mint leaves
    2 tbsp minced parsley
    1/2 cup olive oil
    1/3 – 1/2 cup lemon juice (to taste)
    salt and pepper to taste

    – Cook orzo according to package instructions. Drain. Rinse with cold water. Drain again.
    – Combine tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, mint, and parsley in a large bowl.
    – Add the drained orzo to the vegetables. Stir to combine.
    – In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice to create the dressing. Add salt and pepper to taste.
    – Pour over orzo mixture and stir to combine.
    – Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve at room temp or slightly chilled.

    *** This can be made a day ahead of time and keeps really well for a few days
    *** Variation: add grilled chicken/steak to make it more of a meal
    *** It’s really good with feta as well

  4. I’m loving CSA season too! There are so many great recipes to try. Thanks for adding more to my list :-)

  5. I don’t even like mojitos but I got excited when I saw your photo of STRAWBERRY mojitos in mason jars!! Strawberry picking tomorrow!! I’m doing my first CSA pick-up tonight. At my house both of my kids scarfed the kale chips, but my husband wouldn’t even try them… More for the rest of us. Thanks for these great ideas!

  6. I’m so with you on needing more recipes – we’re only two weeks in as well and had to eat massive salads for dinner again last night to try to use up what we have before we get more today! I do love having the produce in the house, but am quickly learning I need a much more broad selection of recipes!

  7. I made beet chips last summer – SO tasty! With garlic and goat cheese spread (a la Roses).

  8. Oh, man, the quiche and zucchini bites look great! I keep hearing about kale chips, too. I think we’ll have to try them. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Reading your post *right* before dinner was not a good idea. Now my tacos don’t stand a chance compared to your list. ;)

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