Can we agree that July is the best month of summer? The weather’s warm, there’s still plenty of summer left, and the produce is literally amazing. During hot summer days, I crave all things fresh, flavorful and colorful.

You know I had to put together 31 seasonal recipes to cook in July to kick off the best summer month and inspire you to get creative in and out of the kitchen. These recipes are filled with incredible, fresh flavors you’ll crave. I’ve included plenty of grilling recipes for the days where the stovetop and oven are just too hot, plus tons of apps and desserts that are perfect for bringing to your Fourth of July BBQ!

collage of seasonal recipes to cook in July

What’s in season in July?

This month stock up on plenty of:

P.S. did you know we have dedicated ingredient pages? YES! Click any of the produce names above to see all of those recipes, or head to our Recipe Index to filter by even more.

Let’s get to the goods. Start things off with a fun appetizer, pair it with a bright, veggie-packed salad (pasta salad, anyone?), impress friends with a juicy burger or chicken from the grill, and don’t forget a sweet summer treat to round it all out.

If you make any of these recipes be sure to leave a comment below to let me know how you liked it!

almond butter peach blueberry baked oatmeal cups on a cooling rack


Almond Butter Peach Blueberry Oatmeal Cups

Fluffy Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread Pancakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Sweet Corn Honey Jalapeño Zucchini Cornbread Waffles with Turkey Bacon & Eggs

Peanut Butter Zucchini Bread Baked Oatmeal

Sunshine Tropical Turmeric Smoothie

grilled corn salad in a bowl


Grilled Corn Salad with Avocado, Goat Cheese & Hot Honey Vinaigrette

Peach, Tomato & Corn Arugula Pasta Salad

Avocado Blueberry Quinoa Salad

Summer Glow Strawberry Kale Salad

Herby Olive Italian Orzo Salad

Damn Good BLT Pasta Salad with Creamy Jalapeño Cashew Dressing

slow cooker baked beans in a bowl

Appetizers & Sides

Homemade Slow Cooker Baked Beans

Sesame Garlic Grilled Sweet Potato Fries with Yogurt Curry Dip

Grilled Crostini with Roasted Cherries, Goat Cheese & Basil

Fresh Mango Salsa Recipe

Honey Lime Basil Peach Fruit Salad

How to Grill Delicious Vegetables (4 different ways!)

Greek turkey meatballs with orzo and veggies in a bowl


Greek Turkey Meatballs with Lemon Orzo & Creamy Feta Yogurt Sauce

Grilled Tahini Chicken Caesar Sandwiches

Moroccan-Spiced Turkey Burgers with Creamy Feta Sauce

Sazon Grilled Chicken Thighs

One Pan Enchilada Zucchini Turkey Meatballs and Rice

Buffalo Zucchini Chicken Burgers

Chipotle Chicken Tostadas with Pineapple Salsa

sliced orange zucchini cake on parchment paper

Snacks & Treats

Orange Zucchini Cake with Orange Frosting

Strawberry Crisp with Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Crumble

Ooey-Gooey Tahini S’mores Bars

Grilled Peaches (+6 different topping ideas!)

Brown Butter Strawberry Coffee Cake with Lovely Strawberry Icing

Gluten Free Peach Crisp with Salted Coconut Milk Caramel

If you make any of these recipes be sure to leave a comment below to let me know how you liked it. Snap a pic and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #ambitiouskitchen — I love seeing what you guys make.


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