Summer Vegetable Garden Recipes + The Vegetable Garden has been planted

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Happy Spring! It’s been a few weeks and all of the sudden, Spring has Sprung! We had the best weekend and spent almost all of our time outside tackling fun projects, household chores, and enjoying the sunshine. It was amazing!

One of my favorite parts of the weekend was planting my Summer Vegetable Garden. If you were reading last Spring, you know how much I love planting a vegetable garden. This year is no different and I can’t wait to see what grows. For the first time ever, I also joined a CSA and an organic free range egg share. We’re going to need some great summer recipes to use all of our produce…errr, what will hopefully be our produce. Fingers crossed.

So, here’s what we planted and some fun summer recipes that we’ll be making.

Vegetable Garden 9 | Bites of Bri


We love planting arugula, which is easily one of my favorite salad greens. Here are some amazing arugula salads to use fresh arugula:

Cherry Couscous Arugula Salad in Balsamic Vinaigrette

Triple Berry Summer Salad

Vegetable Garden 8 | Bites of Bri

Mixed Greens-

It is amazing to go out and pick fresh mixed greens for a salad. The best part is that they’ll keep growing as you keep harvesting. I just use a pair of scissors to cut what I need. We love salads for dinner when it’s warm outside, and here are some of our favorites:

BLT Chopped Salad with Corn, Feta, and Avocado

BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad with Avocado Ranch

Vegetable Garden 6 | Bites of Bri


I keep hearing that kale is such a fad and that makes me so sad! We absolutely love kale in any form: raw, in salads, sautéed, or as kale chips.

Italian Kale Chips

Warm Kale Salad with Bacon, Dates, Almonds, Crispy Shallots, and Parmesan

Kale, Barley, Feta Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

Vegetable Garden 5 | Bites of Bri

Rainbow Chard-

Rainbow Chard is often overlooked in my opinion, but it’s great as a sautéed green. In fact, we often substitute it for spinach or kale. It’s delicious and it’s stems are so gorgeous!

Garlicky Swiss Chard and Chickpeas

Shakshuka with Swiss Chard

Green Chile and Swiss Chard Enchiladas

Vegetable Garden 10 | Bites of Bri


The best part, or at least my favorite part of the vegetable (fruit) garden.

Summer Panzanella Basil Vinaigrette

Crusted Goat Cheese Caprese Stacks

Vegetable Garden 12 | Bites of Bri-2

Brussels Sprouts-

Brussels Sprouts have a bad reputation, but we absolutely love them! We like to eat them roasted, raw, sliced thin, in salads, any way they’re served…except boiled or steamed!

Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Goat Cheese and Honey 

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Feta, Walnuts, Apples, and Citrus Vinaigrette

Now for the Herbs…

Vegetable Garden | Bites of Bri


I keep the mint closeby, because we like to use it for everything from iced coffees, mojitos, and other delicious goodies.

Watermelon Feta Mint Skewers

Blackberry Mojitos

Vegetable Garden 2 | Bites of Bri


We love using cilantro for pesto and for topping some of our favorite Tex-Mex dishes.

Seared Tuna Tostadas

Tex-Mex Chicken and Quinoa Casserole with Lime Crema and Pico de Gallo


We all know basil is delicious in caprese salads, but it’s also delicious in salad dressings and as a topper for other dishes.

Charred Corn with Basil Vinaigrette with Crumbled Feta

Strawberry Caprese Salad with Brown Butter Balsamic Vinaigrette


Vegetable Garden 7 | Bites of Bri

Flat Leaf Italian Parsley adds fresh flavor to just about everything. I love in meatballs, on roasted veggies, or in pestos.

Easy Italian Salsa Verde Shrimp

Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Meatballs

Check back in a few weeks for some garden updates once things have had a chance to grow!  In the meantime, we’ll return to recipes that get us in the mood for warmer weather.

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  1. says

    A little jealous of your garden Bri! I still have at least another month before it will be safe to plant. Adorable herbs! Loving your kale, it’s so chock-full of nutrients. I’d like to see the pics if you end up getting any Brussel Sprouts, those haven’t worked for me in the past!! Good luck. If you do, maybe I can share them on my RYG Facebook page =)

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