Summer Vegetable Recipes

To make use of your summer vegetable harvest, try these recipes for onion pie, traditional bean salad, garden vegetables, salade andalous, vegetable salad and vinaigrette dressing, and Indian squash.
By Lizabeth A. Stickle
July/August 1983
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Clockwise from top: vegetable salad, traditional bean salad, garden vegetables, Indian squash, Salade Andalouse, and onion pie.

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It's July, that one time of year when our gardens are producing vegetables faster than most of us can think up recipes to use them in. Since your growings should be freshly picked—or at least immediately refrigerated—to capture that marvelous flavor and those precious nutrients, the seasonal superabundance can exhaust your menu repertory. So here are a few ideas for luscious summer meals, created by some imaginative chefs right here in MOTHERland. Bon appetit!

Onion Pie

–Sarah Struby

3 cups of sliced onions
3 tablespoons of butter
1 pint of sour cream
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt,
1/4 teaspoon of pepper
1 1/8 teaspoon of ginger
2 teaspoons of caraway seeds
pastry for a 9-inch pie

Slowly sauté the onions in butter until they're soft and golden brown. Then mix all of the other ingredients (except the caraway seeds and paprika) together in a bowl and add the onions. Turn the mixture Into a 9-inch pie pan lined with pastry from your favorite recipe, sprinkle with caraway seeds and paprika, and bake at 350°F for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the pie is firm enough that a knife stuck into it comes out clean. Cut the pie into six individual servings.

Traditional Bean Salad

–Helen Popvich

1 pound of green beans, cooked
1 pound of yellow wax beans, cooked
1 pound of red kidney beans, cooked
1/2 cup of chopped green pepper
1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon of sugar
2/3 cup of salad or olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper

Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate for at least two hours before serving. For best results, let the salad chill overnight, then serve it to eight diners. 

Garden Vegetables

–Paul Parce

1 medium onion
1 pound of carrots
1 bunch of celery
1 /4 pound of butter
a pinch of nutmeg
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper

Wash and peel the vegetables. Cut them into julienne strips 1/4" wide and 1 1/2" long. Then melt the butter in a skillet and add the nutmeg. Toss in the onions to simmer until they're "clear." Add the carrots, celery, salt and pepper, and cook the vegetables until they're al dente (crisp to the bite). This will provide a colorful dish for eight people.

Vegetable Salad

–Lizabeth Stickle

1 head of broccoli
1/2 head of cauliflower
3 large tomatoes
1 small yellow squash
3 spring onions
1 cucumber
6 radishes
2 ounces of sunflower seeds

Chop and combine all of the vegetables in a large bowl. Than add vinaigrette dressing (see the recipe below), and toss the salad until the vegetables are coated. Sprinkle the sunflower seeds on top and chill the mixture for about two hours before serving it to eight salad-fanciers.

Vinaigrette Dressing

2 teaspoons of salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper
4 teaspoons of vinegar
1 teaspoon of dry mustard
4 tablespoons of salad oil

Combine the salt, pepper, vinegar, and mustard in a small bowl or salad dressing shaker. Slowly add the oil, and then mix the dressing well.

Salade Andalouse

–Paul Parce

1/2 head of iceberg lettuce (or its leaf equivalent)
6 stalks of celery
6 large, ripe tomatoes
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
2 teaspoons of black pepper
2 tablespoons of dill weed
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of white pepper

To prepare six individual salads carefully wash and drain all the vegetables. Then chop the lettuce and celery into small pieces and place them in a mixing bowl add the mayonnaise, black pepper, and dill weed, and let the mixture marinate an hour in the refrigerator. Next cut the tomatoes in half and score them lightly. Sprinkle the salt arid white pepper over them and place 1 1/2 ounces of the lettuce-celery mixture on the cut sides of the tomato halves. Chill the salad-topped tomatoes for an hour before serving.

Indian Squash

–Lizabeth Stickle

6 yellow squash
1 tablespoon of unrefined oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 cup of whole-kernel corn
1 egg yolk, beaten salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup of whole wheat bread crumbs
about 1 tablespoon of butter

Parboil the squash and cut them into halves lengthwise. Scoop out the centers and, putting the shells aside to drain thoroughly, place the pulp in a medium-sized bowl. Next, sauté the onions in the oil and add the tomato, corn and egg yolk to the pot with the squash centers. Toss in salt and pepper to suit your taste, and pour in the cooked onions. Simmer the mixture briefly. Now, place the vegetable shells in a baking dish and fill them with the brew. Top the stuffed "boats" with buttered bread crumbs and bake them at 380°F for 30 minutes: This recipe will serve six happy squash-lovers.

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