Finally, summer is here! And with that sunshine and warm weather comes a plethora of delicious fruits and vegetables that are perfectly in season and waiting for you to eat them. Fruits and vegetables go great with every meal, so we decided to put together a list of 5 of our favorite summer foods for lunch. Whether you eat it poolside, at a picnic, on the beach, or at your office desk, these summer foods will brighten up your lunch!
Watermelon is light, refreshing, and oh so juicy. Many people wait all year to cut into a fresh watermelon. Watermelon can be a great side on its own, or can be incorporated into many easy lunchtime recipes. Add watermelon to your favorite salad, or use it to make a delicious post-lunch sorbet. You can also make a tasty watermelon salsa or frozen drink. Tip: Watermelon goes great with mint!
Arugula can be used in almost any lunchtime recipe, as it acts as a more flavorful alternative to iceberg lettuce or spinach. Add a handful of arugula to your favorite sandwich or Panini to make the flavors really explode. You can also use arugula as the base for virtually any salad, or as a topping to your favorite lunch sized pizza or flatbread. If you don’t want to eat it raw, you can easily cook arugula and add it to your favorite omelet or stir fry. Tip: Arugula is high in vitamin A and C!
A fan favorite of the summertime season is strawberries, which are great in basically every meal. For lunch, we recommend making a strawberry and blueberry fruit salad or making a refreshing strawberry and banana smoothie. You can add a twist to the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich by making your own homemade strawberry jam. If you want to try something different, you can make chicken cutlets topped with strawberries and balsamic glaze. The sweet and juicy nature of these berries make them a great summer addition to any lunch. Tip: Strawberries go great with walnuts!
Is it a fruit or a vegetable? We don’t care, we just know they’re delicious. Perhaps the simplest ingredient on this list, ripe summer tomatoes can really make all of the difference to your normal lunch time routine. Add fresh sliced tomatoes to your ham or turkey sandwiches, or chop them up and throw them in a salad. Buy some fresh mozzarella cheese and basil to pair with tomato wedges for a delicious caprese salad, or dice up the tomatoes and make a decadent bruschetta. There is literally no wrong way to add summer tomatoes to your lunch. Tip: If you’re a true tomato lover, you can always snack on cherry tomatoes!
While zucchini is often associated with fall cuisines, it is actually a summer time vegetable. Whether you like it cooked or raw, there are tons of options to incorporate this summer squash into your lunch. Try changing up your regular sandwich bread by substituting with zucchini bread, a sure way to add flavor to your sandwiches! If you like it raw, slice thinly and dip them into hummus or ranch dressing. You can also chop it up and add corn and cilantro to make a delicious alternative to normal tomato-based salsa. If you prefer cooked zucchini, bake it and to your lunch sized pasta dish or chicken recipe. Tip: Fried Zucchini is delicious as well!
There you have it, five summer foods that you can easily incorporate into you lunch. Summer time is bright, relaxing, and wonderful, so you should have a lunch to match! If you would like to learn how Festival Food Management can make delicious, prepared lunches for you, please call us!