I like to serve fish tacos with quinoa and black beans for a complete and satisfying meal. If you’ve got them, add colorful summer toppings like bright peppers, green onions or purple carrots. —Camille Parker, Chicago, Illinois
Fresh squash, zucchini and basil meet ricotta cheese and ravioli in this crowd-pleasing casserole with delicious summer flavors. One bite and you’ll know: This is what summer lovin’ tastes like. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
This is a colorful and tasty alternative to coleslaw. Like most gardeners, we usually have an abundance of squash and zucchini in summer, so this dish is inexpensive to prepare and a great way to put this fresh produce to use.
-Diane Hixon, Niceville, Florida
My daughter-in-law created this recipe and shared it with me. I was delighted, since my husband and I were cutting down on fried foods and that's the way I had always prepared squash. The recipe is versatile...it can easily be enlarged to serve for a family dinner.
-Sue Joyce, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
The "doubloons" in this bright side dish are actually garden treasures! It was a hit on the buffet at our pirate theme party. Once you try the fresh-tasting medley, I predict you'll serve it time and again.
This recipe is a great way to use the vegetables my husband raises on our farm. It's always well received and is perfect for summer picnics, office luncheons or a light dinner.
Beverly, West Virginia
“These are always a hit and great for any occasion because they can be made ahead of time! I make a double batch of the veggie cream cheese to use on crackers and bagels!”
—Kristin Andrews, Gresham, Oregon
The recipe for this zippy side dish was given to me by my husband's grandmother. Convenient corn bread stuffing mix and a can of green chilies give fast flavor to sliced summer squash. Since I cook for just my husband and me, I often freeze the leftovers for another day.
-Tara Kay Cottingham, Munday, Texas
This fresh-tasting side dish pairs pasta with an array of nutritious veggies, including zucchini, bell peppers and a juicy tomato. "Our four boys are all grown and out of the house, but I still grow a large garden every summer and give away everything we can't eat," notes April Johnson, Tonasket, Washington.