From Garden to Table: 10 Healthy Summer Recipes You’ll Adore!

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Wondering how to best enjoy fresh produce from your garden or a farmer’s market? From tomatoes and eggplants to juicy berries and ripe nectarines, try these ten plant-based recipes that celebrate the fresh flavors of the season.

Crispy Baked Eggplant (Vegan)

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Make eggplant with whole grain and vegan ingredients: perfect by itself for an Italian-style appetizer or side dish, or as the base for a pasta dish, wrap, or eggplant parm!

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GET THE RECIPE: Crispy Baked Eggplant

Jamie Oliver’s “Mothership” Tomato Salad

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Savor the taste of fresh summer tomatoes with herbs, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. Try these easy to make recipe with a ton of flavor.

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Blueberry Lavender Iced Tea Mocktail

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The blueberry lavender iced tea mocktail offers refreshing blueberry and lime flavors without any added sugar. It’s the perfect drink to cool you down on a hot summer day!

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Fresh Cantaloupe Berry Nice Cream

scoops of cantaloupe berry nice cream in 2 bowls and a half of a cantaloupe.
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This berry nice cream, bursting with fresh cantaloupe flavor, is a healthy, light dessert. It’s vegan, dairy-free, has no added sugar, and is made without bananas.

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Triple Berry Nectarine Crisp

A fruit salad in a large serving bowl.
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This triple berry nectarine crisp is a juicy and sweet summer dessert that’s easy to make. Vegan and gluten-free, it contains less added sugar and fat than typical fruit crisps, making it a healthier option.

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Chocolate Mocha Nice Cream

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Chocolate mocha nice cream is a creamy, delicious dessert you can easily make at home, perfect for summer. This lighter ice cream alternative uses bananas and peanut butter as its base, so you can enjoy a refreshing treat without dairy.

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Kiwi Pineapple Sorbet

Sorbet in a bread pan.
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Make Kiwi Pineapple Sorbet at home without an ice cream maker for a fresh, light, and easy dessert. This dairy-free, vegan treat cools you down on hot summer days with just four ingredients!

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Fresh Tomato Lime Salad Dressing with Cilantro

glass bowl with tomato-lime cilantro dressing, salad, lime wedges, and bread on napkin table.
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Enjoy this homemade salad dressing, ideal for elevating your green salads, taco bowls, or marinating tofu, tempeh, or mushrooms. Fresh cilantro and lime juice allow your flavors to shine!

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Vegan BLT Salad with Avocado Dressing

Plate with tempeh chunks, lettuce, tomato, carrots, and avocado lemon dressing.
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Vegan BLT salad is a savory, crunchy dish that captures fresh summer flavors. This recipe uses seasoned, thin strips of tempeh bacon as a delicious plant-based alternative.

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Blueberry Coffee Cake – Without Dairy or Eggs

Blueberry coffee cake on a serving plate.
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Try this coffee cake made with olive oil and layered with cinnamon streusel. It can be made in the oven or an Instant Pot to keep your kitchen cool.

GET THE RECIPE: Blueberry Coffee Cake – Without Dairy or Eggs

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