Seasonal July dishes

July foods in season and what to cook with them

It's the height of summer which means 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, while the new potato season is slowly drawing to a close. Although technically a fruit, tomatoes are widely available and will pair well with this month's top herb choice – basil.
 
Socca with artichokes

Broad beans with lettuce, shallots and mint

Tandoori vegetable kebab

Tomato and courgette galette

Spinach and ricotta pie

Spinach and ricotta pie (Image: Tracklements/loveFOOD)Tracklements/loveFOOD

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

Lamb steaks with artichokes and cabbage

Skirt steak with chimichurri

Ultimate jerk chicken

Lamb and chorizo burger with apricot salsa

Lamb and chorizo burger with apricot salsa (Image: The Burger Book/Quadrille)
The Burger Book/Quadrille

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 salade Niçoise

Pan-fried scallops with broccoli

Smoked mackerel, orange and beetroot salad

Bloody mary prawn tacos

Roast hake, samphire and tomato salad

Roast hake, samphire and tomatoes (Image: Sardine/Pavilion Books)Sardine/Pavilion Books

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 as well as the first blackberries coming into season. On the hotter days, cool yourself with a refreshing slice (or two) of watermelon.

Peach puff tart

Pimm's spritz

Strawberry and buttermilk ice cream

Peach and blackberry tart

Cherry and almond galette

Cherry and almond galette (Image: Califonia: Living+Eating/Hardie Grant)California: Living + Eating/Hardie Grant

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