Seasonal July dishes

July foods in season and what to cook with them

It's the height of summer which means the vegetable gardens are full of flavoursome produce, fruits are ripe for the picking and there’s a plentiful selection of meat and seafood for the barbecue. We've rounded up the very best recipes to make the most of the seasonal abundance.

Vegetables

July is a riot of colour when it comes to vegetables. Eat your greens with courgettes, broad beans, peas and spinach. It’s also the best time for aubergines, artichokes, fennel and radishes, and you can spot some of the first baby beetroots appearing as well. Although technically a fruit, tomatoes are widely available and will pair well with this month's top herb choice – basil. 

Beetroot patties 

Broad bean pod fritters with sriracha mayonnaise

Stir-fried runner beans with holy basil 

British tomato toast with poached egg and parsley

Tomato and courgette galette

Tomato galetteNew Kitchen Basics/Quadrille

Meat

Early season lamb continues to fill the butchers and supermarket shelves, and now is also a good time to give rabbit a go. While the sun is out, wheel out the barbecue and stick everything on the grill, including steaks, sausages and burgers. 

Porchetta-style pork kebabs with white beans

Spiced beef skewers 

Lamb and chorizo burger with apricot salsa

Classic cheeseburger 

Spatchcocked chicken with green beans 

Spatchcocked chicken with green beansFood52 Any Night Grilling/Ten Speed Press

Seafood

Seafood is bountiful in July so take your pick from halibut, salmon, sardines, mackerel and tuna, which also taste great when grilled. Plenty of shellfish are on offer too, including prawns and crab which are ideal for salads and sandwiches as well as light pasta dishes. You can expect to see scallops from mid-July as well.

Classic paella

Grilled king prawns with chermoula

Smoked mackerel, orange and beetroot salad

Fish finger tacos with watermelon salsa

Salmon noodle bowl 

Salmon noodle bowlCalifornia: Living + Eating/Hardie Grant

Fruit

Stone fruit takes centre stage in July so make sure you enjoy plenty of apricots, nectarines and cherries as well as the first of the new season peaches. Berries are also at their peak right now and there are many great desserts you can whip up with raspberries, strawberries and blueberries. On the hotter days, cool yourself with a refreshing slice (or two) of watermelon.

Cherry and almond galette

Strawberry and buttermilk ice cream 

Caramel, plum and raspberry crêpe cake 

Watermelon granita with shortbread

Ice cream meringue cake

Ice cream meringue cakeThe Great British Bake Off/Sphere

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