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Grilled Artichoke Pesto Zucchini Bites

Zucchini Rolls

It’s easy to get creative with cookies, cakes, and other baked goodies, isn’t it?

Take a chocolate cake for instance.

It can be layered with vanilla buttercream, chocolate buttercream, lemon filling, raspberry filling, peanut butter frosting, whipped meringue, chocolate ganache, and on and on.

But how about getting creative with healthy things?

It’s so easy to get in a rut with vegetables.

You pick up a zucchini and you stare…what do I do with this?

Zucchini Rollatini

Because chances are, you’ve already sauteed it, steamed it, and grilled it.

These preparations get old.

Let’s do something a little more fun with zucchini today.

Toss some artichoke hearts, a handful of fresh parsley, walnuts, lemon zest and juice, and garlic into a food processor:

Artichoke Pesto

Pulse, pulse, pulse.

Stream in some olive oil, and stir in parmigiano reggiano, and you’ll end up with a bowl of this:

Lemon Artichoke Pesto

Grill up some thin slices of zucchini, and spread each zucchini ribbon with a spoonful of the artichoke pesto:

Grilled Zucchini Rolls with Pesto

Roll it up, nice and tight:

Zucchini Pesto Rolls

And that’s it! Ready to serve. Easy peasy and a totally delicious celebration of summer veggies.

Grilled Zucchini Ribbons

What is your favorite summer vegetable or fruit? (And because I’m curious, what’s your favorite way to cook it)?

Grilled Artichoke Pesto Zucchini Bites

Yield: Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

2 lbs zucchini (about 2-3 large zucchini)
9 oz package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and squeezed of excess water
zest of 1 lemon
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
the leaves of half a bunch of parsley (about a cup)
1/4 cup walnuts
pinch of salt and pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 oz parmigiano reggiano, grated (about 1/2 cup)

Directions:

Cut the stem off the zucchinis, then use a mandolin to slice them into long thin ribbons. They should be about 1/8 inch thick, if they're too thin they won't stand up on the own, but if they're too thick, they won't be flexible enough to roll. Give each one a little sprinkle on both sides with salt and pepper.

Heat the grill to high, and do a quick sear of the zucchini. Since they are really thin, they should only be on the grill for about 30-60 seconds, just enough to take the raw edge off and give them some pretty little grill marks. Remove the grilled zucchini ribbons to a plate.

In a food processor, throw in the artichoke hearts, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, walnuts, and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Let the food processor run for a good 20 seconds, until everything is chopped up, and be sure to stop and scrape down the sides from time to time. With the food processor running, stream in the olive oil. Scrape the pesto out into a bowl, and stir in the grated parmesan. Taste it to check for proper seasoning.

Place a spoonful of artichoke pesto into each zucchini ribbon, and roll it up into a little roll. The artichoke pesto is sticky so it should stick together well. Serve and enjoy!

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  1. shiragabry posted on July 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm (#)

    My favorite is peaches and i LOVE grilled peaches in a salad!

  2. Yee Harriso posted on July 24, 2012 at 4:49 pm (#)

    My favorite summer fruit is mango which I make into a salsa for a side dish with everything!

  3. Gwen B. posted on July 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm (#)

    Nectarines. I love to grill them and dust them with vietnamese cinnamon. They’re an amazing topping for raw whipped cream, homemade ice cream, etc.

  4. Kristen Candella posted on July 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm (#)

    My favorite summer vegetable is crook-neck squash… It’s my favorite because when I was a little kid I lived in Connecticut with my Grandma and every summer we would grow crook-neck squash… I miss her a lot so everytime I have squash I remember those summers. I like to steam it with a little butter… Lately I have also been enjoying corn on the grill.

    Miss you Joanne!!

  5. Chris B. posted on July 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm (#)

    Red peppers from our summer garden. Stuffed with all sorts of herb based fillings and wrapped in Bacon. Then grilled.

  6. Suzie posted on July 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm (#)

    My favorite veggie is the tomato, though I don’t cook it. I love making fresh salsa with them, my hot peppers, cilantro and anything else from my garden. Neat idea with the zucchini :)

  7. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie posted on July 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm (#)

    My favorite is avocado in guacamole!

  8. Caitlin A. posted on July 24, 2012 at 5:05 pm (#)

    My favorite summer vegetable is white corn! I love to make a homemade pizza with bacon, brentwood corn and arugula or a tomato, corn and bell pepper salad.

  9. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie posted on July 24, 2012 at 5:05 pm (#)

    I liked you on Facebook

  10. Matt posted on July 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm (#)

    My favorite summer fruit is avocado… on anything!!

  11. Tracy posted on July 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm (#)

    Favorite summer vegetable: tomatoes. Mostly eaten raw, added to sandwiches and salads or pasta. But when they start to accumulate faster than I can use them (esp. cherry tomatoes), I oven-dry them. Overrun with zucchini now, so I love this roll-up idea!

  12. Laurel C posted on July 24, 2012 at 5:18 pm (#)

    I’m a huge fan of zucchini, artichokes, kale, and broccoli!

  13. Laurel C posted on July 24, 2012 at 5:18 pm (#)

    I like your Facebook page!

  14. Linda S. posted on July 24, 2012 at 5:20 pm (#)

    I love blueberries and like them best in blueberry cake (a recipe from the 1800s from a friend of my grandmother’s), but more often have them on cereal or on pancakes.

  15. Liz at The Lemon Bowl posted on July 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm (#)

    Great idea – I am a huge fan of artichoke hearts and zucchini!

  16. Sara C posted on July 24, 2012 at 5:38 pm (#)

    My favorites are artichokes in a spinach and artichoke lasagna, cauliflower baked with Parmesan or pretty much any kind of berry- especially blackberries and raspberries ontop of plain vanilla ice cream or yogurt!!

    I’ve already been a Facebook fan!! :)

    Ps- trying these zucchini thing this week! They look Delish!

  17. Kelly Weaver posted on July 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm (#)

    My favorite summer vegetable?/fruit? is a vine-ripened tomato. I maximize the flavor by keeping the preparation simple- sliced to a medium thickness. I take a cup of balsamic vinegar and boil it until it reduces by about half. Allow it to cool completely then whisk in a half cup of extra virgin olive oil until it’s a creamy emulsion- almost to the mayonaise consistency. Add a minced garlic clove and a handful of fresh basil & oregano. Arrange the tomatoes on a pretty plate, cover with the balsamic/olive oil dressing and finish with a sprinkling of fleur de sal. Yummmmy and almost ridiculously easy.

  18. Daria posted on July 24, 2012 at 5:52 pm (#)

    Fresh Apricots and blueberries – as is!!

  19. Mariana posted on July 24, 2012 at 5:54 pm (#)

    Papaya is my favorite summer fruit–though I don’t eat them in the US–only when I spend time in Brazil. Best way to eat it…as is.

  20. Daria posted on July 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm (#)

    Liked the Fifteen Spatulas page on Facebook!

  21. marcie smith posted on July 24, 2012 at 5:58 pm (#)

    My favorite is and always will be PEACHES…but then again, Tomatos……ok, ok….Sweet White Corn~!…..I love them raw but also in my many recipes……ok wait… Apricots……just picked cucumbers…..This could never end.

  22. Shirley Heeg posted on July 24, 2012 at 5:58 pm (#)

    Asparagus is my favorite summer veggie and I love it grilled with a little olive oil.

  23. Dawn (Dawn's Recipes) posted on July 24, 2012 at 6:01 pm (#)

    Those zucchini bites are gorgeous! We’ve been getting tons of zukes from our CSA this year, and I’ve been sharing lots of great posts on what to do with it on my FB page. I’m posting a link to this tonight!

    Let’s see…do I have a favorite? I love them all! Tonight I cut up some kohlrabi into chunks, tossed it with olive oil, seasoned with sea salt, ground pepper and thyme, and roasted it in the oven. I’ve put the roasting pan on the grill too when I want to avoid heating up the house.

  24. Shirley Heeg posted on July 24, 2012 at 6:02 pm (#)

    Because I’ve already LIKED 16 Spatulas on FB, I’m adding this additional favorite, Peaches, either in a cobbler with cream or just picked and eaten warm from a tree my brother-in-law’s orchard!

  25. Dawn (Dawn's Recipes) posted on July 24, 2012 at 6:05 pm (#)

    And of course I’m a fan on FB!

  26. Ann posted on July 24, 2012 at 6:09 pm (#)

    One of my favorite vegetables to grill is the red pepper especially with onions in order to carmelize both……..I love to saute many vegetables and also use my grill pan for both vegetables and stone fruits….I do like your FB Page and I am making the rolled up grilled zucchini with pesto…..not sure if I am using walnuts or pine nuts…..

  27. Sarah posted on July 24, 2012 at 6:17 pm (#)

    I love radishes. When I was little, my mom would grow them in the garden and my sister and I would pick them. We would cut them up, sprinkle them with salt, and bring them to all our neighbors. We also did this with tomatoes…yum! This zucchini recipe looks amazing- I am definitely going to try it. Thanks!

  28. Lyuda posted on July 24, 2012 at 6:21 pm (#)

    My favorite vegetable is cucumbers from the garden and I just love to eat them raw with the peel that is all organic and refreshing. My mom says her favorite veggie is zucchini which she especially loves sauteed with bell peppers, onions, garlic and tomatoes, and with a fried egg on top (her almost daily breakfast). As for fruit, I’m stuck between watermelons and apricots. Both can be quite awful when not ripened or bought from the store after being harvested too early but they tend to be just perfect in the summer time from the farmer’s stand near me. My mom loves plums – fresh in the summer and dried any other time.

  29. Joey Jackson posted on July 24, 2012 at 6:25 pm (#)

    After reading this recipe, i will definitely be liking yr FB page! Can’t wait to try this…

  30. Jenn Dyck posted on July 24, 2012 at 6:26 pm (#)

    I liked you on Facebook!

  31. Jenn Dyck posted on July 24, 2012 at 6:29 pm (#)

    It is so hard to pick just one favourite but my all time favourite is a garden fresh tomato sandwich. I love it toasted on a whole grain bread (homemade is preferred) with generous slices of tomato and a crack of pepper. Yum!

  32. Scott B posted on July 24, 2012 at 6:29 pm (#)

    VERY early summer (or late spring) – asparagus. White asparagus if available, green if not.

    Doesn’t matter how you prepare it but salt, pepper and grilled is the absolute best.

    Of course, you can double your pleasure by wrapping it in bacon.

  33. Jenn Jordan posted on July 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm (#)

    P

  34. MK posted on July 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm (#)

    Nothing beats watermelon in the summer. I don’t cook it.

  35. Kathy posted on July 24, 2012 at 6:58 pm (#)

    I love yellow squash, especially the small ones! We eat pounds of them every summer and put cooked bagfuls in the freezer.

  36. Kasey posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm (#)

    Watermelon is the greatest!!!

  37. Ann posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm (#)

    Favorite, that’s tuff! Especially since there are only two I don’t like and there both vegetables.
    Fruits love them all! I will have to say I eat ALOT of Argula. It’s so versatile, I use it in pasta, rice, chicken or just in salad.

  38. InspiredbyIan posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm (#)

    Our favorite vegetable any time of the year is Zucchini! :D We buy it fresh in the summer, by the cases, and freeze it to eat all year round in soup, stews, steamed…now I’m hungry! LOL This recipe is being tried immediately, thank you for sharing! :) My favorite way to cook Zucchini… sauteed in ‘Coogootz Sandwiches’, a simple saute in olive oil, a sprinkling of Himalayan Sea Salt, between your favorite bread and, voila, an all-time comfort food! :)

  39. Drena Paulson posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm (#)

    Favorite is bing cherries. Favorite way…bing cherry mint and basil clafouti with a lemon cream sorbet. Yum.

  40. InspiredbyIan posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm (#)

    P.S. We just “liked” you on Facebook! See you at the Twitter Party! :)

  41. carol posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:31 pm (#)

    peaches, i use them many ways. my fav is a cobbler. the topping is like a biscuit but with a little white cornmeal. so jucy and fresh.

  42. Ilene posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:32 pm (#)

    I love summer tomatoes with basil and mozzarella drizzled with a balsamic reduction.

  43. Aura posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:36 pm (#)

    I really like avocadoes and mango usually together in a salad

  44. Sophia Aguinaga posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm (#)

    I love hood berries! They are so much sweeter than the strawberries you might buy at the store, and even better, there is a farm in my town where I can go and pick my own! Such a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

    My favorite thing to make with hood berries is strawberry lemonade… also a perfect summer treat. Since the berries are sweeter, you need almost no added sugar, you can just enjoy the flavors as nature intended.

  45. Sophia Aguinaga posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:38 pm (#)

    Also, I am a FB fan, indeed!

  46. Cyndi Parker posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm (#)

    My favorite fruit is grilled pineapple with honey and teriyaki sauce. My favorite vegetable is grilled corn slathered in mayo and fresh shredded parmesean then wrapped in foil and grilled.

  47. Beth posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm (#)

    My favorite summer fruit is definitely nectarines. Mmm… so sweet and juicy!

    Favorite summer veggie is probably zucchini, and I love it sliced down and sauteed OR shredded up into zucchini bread ;-)

  48. Victoria Payne posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:41 pm (#)

    Corn Baby! Corn on the cob!

  49. Beth posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:42 pm (#)

    Also? I am a subscriber on fb now (didn’t realize there was a page there!) :-D

  50. Cyndi Parker posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:42 pm (#)

    I already subscribe to the newsletter and just like the Facebook page.

  51. Sara Croft posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:43 pm (#)

    My favorite summer vegetable is sweet corn – despite it being 100 degrees in Indianapolis, I’ve managed to make a sweet corn chowder with bacon and potatoes that is amazing, even if you have to sweat through it! My favorite way to cook it is on the grill, followed with melted butter with seasoned salt and fresh cut herbs like parsley and basil.

  52. Sara Croft posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:44 pm (#)

    Also just liked your Facebook page. Great cover photo!

  53. Geoff posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:44 pm (#)

    strawberries! Plain, with some brown sugar, or as strawberry shortcake.

  54. Geoff posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:48 pm (#)

    i’m already a fan on facebook

  55. Lindsey posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:55 pm (#)

    I am obsessed with fresh strawberries – no prep required. If I had to do something with them I’d serve with whipped cream or whip up into Strawberry Whipped Cream (presumably to serve with something else).

  56. Maria posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:56 pm (#)

    My favorite summer veggie are field tomatoes, sliced thick and layered with fresh mozzarella and basil leaves from my back porch garden, drizzled with a homemade vinaigrette of fresh squeezed lemon juice, smashed garlic and extra-virgin olive oil. Nothing says “SUMMER” like this salad!

  57. Barb posted on July 24, 2012 at 7:58 pm (#)

    my favorite summer fruit is bing cherries.no cooking just eat

  58. Melanie C posted on July 24, 2012 at 8:09 pm (#)

    I love peaches! I just remove the skin via boiling water so they are a bit warm…sprinkle a bit of sugar and eat!

  59. Tammy posted on July 24, 2012 at 8:23 pm (#)

    Tomatoes! Green and fried or green tomato jelly.Or red and raw,sliced,diced or stewed!

  60. Corisa posted on July 24, 2012 at 8:24 pm (#)

    Beets ! I just love roasting fresh beets and having them in the fridge ready to eat !

  61. Jenn Jordan posted on July 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm (#)

    Peaches from the Pearl Farmers Market here in San Antonio are the best I’ve ever had! Made some yummy peach habanero salsa!

  62. Jill posted on July 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm (#)

    I love fresh strawberries! They are the best with a little whip cream! : D

  63. Amanda T. posted on July 24, 2012 at 8:46 pm (#)

    Definitely fresh, local peaches. No prep needed…just need an appetite : )

  64. Heather Scroggins posted on July 24, 2012 at 8:47 pm (#)

    I love zucchini and summer squash. I grill them with cabbage, tomatoes, snap peas, a little olive oil, pepper, and season salt. Yum! Great Giveaway!

  65. Heather Scroggins posted on July 24, 2012 at 8:48 pm (#)

    I like Fifiteen Spatulas on Facebook!

  66. Mi Vida en un Dulce posted on July 24, 2012 at 9:00 pm (#)

    You are right, sometimes is a little bit hard to think about healthy recipes, if you ask me about zucchine, I will tell you that I will use for a zucchini bread…yes, that is me. I don’t have to much imagination for savory things.
    Your proposal is fantastic, and very esy to make. I will keep it for a celebration day…to serve with some Pisco drink of course ;)

  67. Ann posted on July 24, 2012 at 9:00 pm (#)

    I’m all about tomatoes…..and I LOVE bruschetta!

  68. Deborah posted on July 24, 2012 at 9:03 pm (#)

    I LOVE sweet corn!! But I just eat it as is – just steamed on the cob.
    However, I also love zucchini. I like to finely grate it into tons of stuff, because it just cooks up and you’d hardly ever know it’s there. I put it in just about every casserole I make, most pot meals, and use it in almost every soup as a thickener. It’s magic.

  69. Dara posted on July 24, 2012 at 9:44 pm (#)

    These are beautiful! Great recipe. My fav summer veggies are eggplant and tomatoes – I like to grill them and then use as bruschetta topping.

  70. Jessica posted on July 24, 2012 at 9:54 pm (#)

    My favorite summer veggie is definitely zucchini. I grate it raw and incorporate it into my pasta salad with tomato, cheese and my special spicy mustard dressing.

  71. Shea Goldstein posted on July 24, 2012 at 9:59 pm (#)

    Green Plums! – Wash a bunch of them, cut them up and dip into kosher salt. My favorite since I was itty bitty. Only in season in June, though :(

  72. Kellie S posted on July 24, 2012 at 10:02 pm (#)

    My favorite summer fruit is watermelon. I like to puree it for watermelon mojitos, popsicles, and margaritas.

  73. Tiffany Rea posted on July 24, 2012 at 10:19 pm (#)

    Those look amazing!

    My favorite summer veggie is sweet corn! I love it grilled and added to any kind of summer kabob!! Mmmm! My favorite summer fruit is wayy to difficult to choose lol can we make a fruit salad with all of them? ;) I’d have to go with blackberries, made into a jam or eaten as is.

  74. Liz posted on July 24, 2012 at 10:43 pm (#)

    My favorite summer treat is the tomato, and I see I’m not alone! I have a short growing season and I can hardly stand the wait. I grow heirlooms of all kinds, and when one is ready my first step is to slice it, top it with a few flakes of salt (like, less than 5) and savor the unique flavor of each one. THEN, I absolutely love to top a cracker (I prefer something substantial, but not greasy) with a spread of goat cheese, a slice of tomato, and just a drop or two of a balsamic/honey reduction. SO good! Also delicious is to substitute the cracker for a toasty bread piece. The sweet tomato is perfectly balanced by the tangy goat cheese :)

  75. Donna Godfrey posted on July 24, 2012 at 10:56 pm (#)

    I love to grill eggplants, squash, onions and tomatoes for a vegetable meal. Sometimes we add grill packets of potatoes from the garden too. All we do is brush them with olive oil and seasonings….for the eggplant I like Cajun….for the squash I like fresh herbs and tomatoes just a bit of olive oil and serve pesto on the side and fresh baked bread!

  76. Donna Godfrey posted on July 24, 2012 at 10:57 pm (#)

    I liked you on FB too.
    I really enjoy your posts.

  77. Carolyn posted on July 24, 2012 at 10:58 pm (#)

    Only one? It’s SUMMERTIME~ Peaches, strawberries, apricots, plums, BLACKBERRIES (yum) of those, I enjoy raw but also make jams. As for the veggies, nothing can beat a garden-fresh ripe tomato. Tomato sandwiches on toast with fresh basil or lettuce or sprouts! My only unusual riff on a veggie is for zucchini; I slice them in half lengthwise, scoop out a trough with a grapefruit spoon, then fill in the space with Parmesan and maybe some breadcrumbs, green chile or corn, then either broil them, nuke ‘em or grill them. YUM.

  78. Deborah posted on July 24, 2012 at 11:09 pm (#)

    My favorite fruit is peaches. I am from the South and I love a good hot peach cobbler with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream! My favorite vegetable is a tart homegrown tomato. Besides BLT’s, I also make a tomato/basil pie (Paula Deen’s version) which is scrumptious.

  79. Alana Morgan posted on July 24, 2012 at 11:22 pm (#)

    Favorite veggie: Tomato….juiced, chopped in salads, steamed with rice….Yummmmmy!

    I also ‘liked’ you on FB.

    Your recipes are #1!

  80. Alana Morgan posted on July 24, 2012 at 11:24 pm (#)

    I just “liked” you on FB…..

  81. Suzanne Perazzini posted on July 24, 2012 at 11:56 pm (#)

    Oh dang, I guess New Zealand doesn’t qualify then. But I love little tapa-like foods and these zucchini are a perfect bite-sized nibble.

  82. Debbie posted on July 24, 2012 at 11:57 pm (#)

    I love fresh raspberries…. My favorite way to eat them is off the bush! Other than that, I like to stir them into nonfat, plain greek yogurt with a little bit of splenda stired into it. Heavenly!! And then there is raspberry preserves on fresh, hot Honey Oat Waffles:)

  83. Franny posted on July 25, 2012 at 12:20 am (#)

    Tomatos are the absolute: tomato soup, sliced tomatoes, on sandwiches, by themselves, tomato gravy on cornbread (not so healthy), warm from the garden. My absolute favorite though is diced tomato and avocado with salt and pepper. I have used cobinations of lime, cilantro, garlic but plain salt and pepper with juicy tomatos and buttery avocados is the best.

  84. erica posted on July 25, 2012 at 12:36 am (#)

    I love blueberries. but this yr I’ve been really into strawberries.
    I make a salad of romaine, leftover med rare steak, goat cheese, and strawberries w/ a tiny bit of italian dressing. YUM!

  85. Kim Bee posted on July 25, 2012 at 1:12 am (#)

    These are totally too pretty to eat. I mean seriously, I would not be able to eat them. Just too pretty. Okay I would try one. Maybe two. Okay, okay, I’d eat them all.

  86. Neya D posted on July 25, 2012 at 1:22 am (#)

    My favorite summer vegetable is corn. I can do so much with it but I love it in my Cambodian Corn and Tapioca Pudding with Coconut sauce. It reminds me of home.

  87. Margaret posted on July 25, 2012 at 1:31 am (#)

    I love artichokes and make them stuffed with herbs, garlic, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and olive oil mixture. Sooooo yummy.

  88. catherine c posted on July 25, 2012 at 1:41 am (#)

    i love zucchini- baked in a frittata

  89. amy marantino posted on July 25, 2012 at 4:25 am (#)

    i love tomatoes from my garden. I eat them with a lite oil and vinegar dressing with lots of oregano and onions and salt and pepper.

  90. amy marantino posted on July 25, 2012 at 4:25 am (#)

    i like the Fifteen Spatulas Facebook Page

  91. bree posted on July 25, 2012 at 6:33 am (#)

    My favorite fruit is blueberries – hands down. I love blueberries and oatmeal and am always a fan of a good blueberry buckle! :)

  92. dc posted on July 25, 2012 at 6:41 am (#)

    Tomatoes…no cooking required just a BLT baby!!

  93. Tommy posted on July 25, 2012 at 7:41 am (#)

    What a great idea for *zucchini*! Which just happens to MY favorite summer veggie. It’s so versatile — you can grill it, saute it, shred it, bake with it and now … roll it up! Awesome recipe.

  94. Rachel posted on July 25, 2012 at 7:51 am (#)

    Home grown tomatillos…. made into a spicy green salsa, with lots of cilantro!

  95. Jessen posted on July 25, 2012 at 8:09 am (#)

    Homemade Roasted Red Bell Peppers!

  96. Rose Ann posted on July 25, 2012 at 8:12 am (#)

    Nothing says summer like fresh sweet corn.: )I love to make a Chilled Corn and Crab Soup during the hot summer months.Refreshing and delicious!

  97. Susan H posted on July 25, 2012 at 8:58 am (#)

    I absolutely love cooking with avocado! From guacamole or California sandwiches to avocado ice cream and smoothies, it is the perfect fruit for summer :D

  98. Susan H posted on July 25, 2012 at 8:59 am (#)

    I also liked your Facebook page too! <3

  99. MommaMary posted on July 25, 2012 at 9:35 am (#)

    The list is endless, my favorite from childhood is creamed new peas and new potatoes. Also Mom’s fresh vegetable soup, we would go out to the garden and pick everything that went into it. I can never get enough of the melons during the season, watermelon, cantaloupe, all the berries, cherries. Fresh corn on the cob. My son just brought me over tomatoes out of the garden, there will never be anything as good as that at the grocery store. Almost forgot the coleslaw made from the cabbage we grew. Like I said, the list is endless, but tomatoes would be my all time favorite.

  100. MommaMary posted on July 25, 2012 at 9:39 am (#)

    I was already a FB fan

  101. anne posted on July 25, 2012 at 10:02 am (#)

    Fave summer veggie is sweet corn for snacking or corn and bacon soup and fave fruit , peaches esp US peaches , which btw is quiet expensive here tsk tsk for ice cream :D

  102. anne posted on July 25, 2012 at 10:12 am (#)

    I’m your newest fb fan ! lol

  103. Jess posted on July 25, 2012 at 10:27 am (#)

    In terms of summer, nothing beats fresh garden tomatoes, straight up with a sprinkle of salt… or corn on the cob charred on the grill!

  104. Kelly D posted on July 25, 2012 at 10:31 am (#)

    I love Pineapple right now, and it’s great grilled on the BBQ sometimes too!

  105. Kelly D posted on July 25, 2012 at 10:33 am (#)

    I like the Fifteen Spatulas Facebook Page(Kelly D Saver)

  106. Melissa Q posted on July 25, 2012 at 10:34 am (#)

    Lately I’ve been on a kick — a sliced peach, handful of blueberries, handful of raspberries, topped with non-fat vanilla yogurt and a sprinkling of Kashi Crunch cereal. It’s a great breakfast!

  107. Melissa Q posted on July 25, 2012 at 10:35 am (#)

    This recipe sounds so awesome that I had to LIKE you on Facebook so I could get more recipe ideas!

  108. Sarah G. posted on July 25, 2012 at 10:52 am (#)

    Avocados! On salads, on sandwiches, by itself, grilled! Also rhubarb and nectarines!

  109. Babs posted on July 25, 2012 at 11:16 am (#)

    Right now, my very favorite is peaches. They are so sweet either grilled or in a great cobbler. Add a few blueberries, raspberries and blackberries (just for color & extra depth of flavor) and you have the perfect dessert or breakfast.

  110. JANET posted on July 25, 2012 at 11:19 am (#)

    My favorite summer anything is Watermelon! I can eat a ton of it & never grow bored or tired. I have found several recipes this summer for watermelon lemonade & watermelon smoothies so been experimenting with putting it in food. So far I havent been disappointed by anything I have done with it!

  111. JANET posted on July 25, 2012 at 11:20 am (#)

    I am also a fan of your facebook page and have found soo many fun & healthy new recipes that I have been cooking up a storm! Loving it!

  112. Tina Z posted on July 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm (#)

    I love making veggie kabobs with zucchini, squash, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes & onions with a some salt and pepper and cooked on the grill…YUM!

  113. Tina Z posted on July 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm (#)

    I am fan of your facebook page!

  114. PolaM posted on July 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm (#)

    Funny for me is much harder to get creative with vegetables than desserts… I guess is a matter of preferences! And I love eggplants!

  115. Libby posted on July 25, 2012 at 12:29 pm (#)

    I recently discovered asparagus! I boil it quickly until just soft and then add balsalmic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, mix and enjoy with my meal!

  116. Libby posted on July 25, 2012 at 12:31 pm (#)

    I liked your Facebook page.

  117. Satonya Guyton posted on July 25, 2012 at 1:38 pm (#)

    My favorite is also vine ripened tomatoes, but I them them cherub sized. I add fresh pearl mozzarella, cracked pepper, sea salt, and fresh basil. Then I drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. I liked your facebook page, too. Thanks for the ideas.

  118. Natalie posted on July 25, 2012 at 2:12 pm (#)

    My favorite is a vegi pasta made from zucchini (take a zucchini, wash skin, grate with a cheese grater or spiral-lini type machine ) with a fresh tomato sauce made simple: 1 large tomato or several Roma’s peeled and chopped fine, garlic chopped to taste, fresh lemon juice to taste, olive oil, a splash and salt and pepper. If I have fresh herbs on hand like oregano or basil I will toss some chopped leaves in to the mix as well or sprinkle on top. I cook the sauce over a low heat, top zucchini noodles with about 1/2 cup of sauce and sprinkle with a nice Italian cheese. Enjoy!

  119. Lauren Elizabeth posted on July 25, 2012 at 2:14 pm (#)

    My favorite summer fruit is watermelon. I love it in a salad with heirloom tomatoes, cashews, goat cheese, red onion, basil, olive oil, & balsamic vinegar. Yumm!

  120. Lauren Elizabeth posted on July 25, 2012 at 2:15 pm (#)

    Liked your page on facebook :)

  121. mallory @ totalnoms posted on July 25, 2012 at 3:33 pm (#)

    PEACHES for sure. My absolute favorite fruit- grilled, raw, in a pie, whateva!

  122. mallory @ totalnoms posted on July 25, 2012 at 3:34 pm (#)

    And yeah I like your FB!

  123. Meg posted on July 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm (#)

    Yum — those look delicious! And I have to agree that my favorite summertime fruit is watermelon — sweet, cold and freshly sliced. Sometimes I chop it up and add it to fruit salads with a little fresh mint, but that’s pretty rare. You can’t beat the natural version!

  124. Natalie J Vandenberghe posted on July 25, 2012 at 4:35 pm (#)

    I love fresh peaches, berries, and melon (but I don’t usually cook them)…so, probably my favorite summer veggie is zucchini and I love it cooked many different ways: zucchini casserole, stir-fry, zucchini bread, on the grill, etc.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  125. Ann posted on July 25, 2012 at 5:37 pm (#)

    Hmm… so many options. But I’d have to say blueberries. But I don’t cook them. I put them in a delicious layered fruit salad–different fruit & a dressing (topping?) made mainly of Cool Whip, strawberry yogurt and cream cheese layered in a clear bowl. It’s gorgeous and yummy.

  126. YV posted on July 25, 2012 at 8:01 pm (#)

    Blueberries. I’m in the Northeast so summer is when they are best. They are best fresh but I like them in pancakes, waffles and muffins.

  127. lori posted on July 25, 2012 at 9:05 pm (#)

    my most favorite is avocado…. can be used so many ways…. cooked, fresh, chunky guacamole,creamy guacamole, on sandwiches, in pasta… for breakfast,lunch, dinner…get togethers with drinks… i looooooooooooove it! ……and asparagus is a close second.

  128. liz stasieczko posted on July 25, 2012 at 9:06 pm (#)

    I love summer tomatoes and I plant a variety of them so I not only get fresh tomatoes but a range of tastes.

  129. Loree posted on July 25, 2012 at 9:06 pm (#)

    My favorite summertime fruit…MANGOES!

    They’re so versatile. Grill ‘em. Chop ‘em up for salads and salsas. Puree ‘em for spreads, sauces, drinks (margaritas). The list goes on and on…..

  130. Deb posted on July 25, 2012 at 9:30 pm (#)

    My favorite summer fruit is apricots!

  131. Dianna @ The Kitchen Prep posted on July 25, 2012 at 9:33 pm (#)

    Pineapple is my fave {summer or not!} … and grilled pineapple is even better! {Especially when served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream drizzled with caramel sauce!}

  132. Dianna @ The Kitchen Prep posted on July 25, 2012 at 9:33 pm (#)

    I’m a fan of Fifteen Spatulas on FB. :)

  133. Tucker posted on July 25, 2012 at 9:57 pm (#)

    I love having blueberries in season during the summer months! I used them last week to make a lemon-blueberry sauce for a cheesecake recipe!

  134. Carly posted on July 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm (#)

    I live for the summer tomato season.

    My favorite summer tomato recipe: pasta, olive oil, garlic, and chopped fresh tomatoes. So simple and so good!

  135. Jennifer Johnston posted on July 25, 2012 at 11:10 pm (#)

    Hey Joanne! You know I have to try for all that OXO awesomeness! Do you think they’d send it all the way out here to me?

    Now, it’s hard to pick a favorite summer fruit or veggie. I think I’m going to have to go with strawberries. Everyone always looked forward to when the local crop would be ready. We’d make them into pies, shortcake, and we’d have jam that would last through the winter. I miss Michigan strawberries.

  136. Marty posted on July 25, 2012 at 11:21 pm (#)

    My favorite summertime food is definitely corn on the cob, and I like it on the grill best. Great giveaway! I love OXO.

  137. Marty posted on July 25, 2012 at 11:23 pm (#)

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  138. Diana posted on July 26, 2012 at 12:02 am (#)

    We have a lot of fruit trees but my favorite is the peach. This year I made peach pies, cobblers, crisp, jam, leather and my favorite grilled peaches drizzled with honey.

  139. Meghan Finley posted on July 26, 2012 at 12:14 am (#)

    I love cherries. And my favorite way to cook them is with pork chops

  140. Meghan Finley posted on July 26, 2012 at 12:18 am (#)

    I like the Fifteen Spatulas Facebook Page

  141. chewoutloud posted on July 26, 2012 at 12:36 am (#)

    Absolutely watermelon – crisp, juicy, sweet – all by itself!

  142. Duane Middlebrook posted on July 26, 2012 at 12:41 am (#)

    My favorite fruit is the apple. I like to make apple tarts.

  143. Natalie J Vandenberghe posted on July 26, 2012 at 1:56 am (#)

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  144. daisy posted on July 26, 2012 at 2:28 am (#)

    Hard to narrow it down, but my favorite vegetable is rhubarb and I’m not going to follow directions and give you my favorite fruit, which is passion fruit. I have made compote, curd, and ice cream with the rhubarb, which are all my favorites. For the passion fruit, I love passion fruit cupcakes.

  145. Jessica Buckley posted on July 26, 2012 at 4:08 am (#)

    My favorite summer fruit is the cherry. I love to eat them right off the tree, but will also take them with some chocolate in my ice cream!

  146. Kristin posted on July 26, 2012 at 8:43 am (#)

    I love fresh cherries! So good when I use them to make frozen cherry mojitos!!!

  147. Nina posted on July 26, 2012 at 9:28 am (#)

    I love eggplant: caponata, parmigiana, simply grilled…I loved them all!

  148. Deborah posted on July 26, 2012 at 10:21 am (#)

    Tomatoes, hands down. I eat one every day, I put them in panini sandwhiches, have them with canadian bacon in the morning and make mozzarella/tomato pizza, the best! :)

  149. susitravl posted on July 26, 2012 at 11:15 am (#)

    Watermelon! I (kind of) wish I had never discovered this – but frozen watermelon margaritas are awesome! :)

  150. susitravl posted on July 26, 2012 at 11:16 am (#)

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  151. bekee posted on July 26, 2012 at 11:36 am (#)

    my favorite, all time vegetable is an avocado. salted, eaten right from the skin with a spoon.

    • bekee replied on July 26th, 2012 at 11:37 am

      but, i guess it is a fruit.

  152. pamela posted on July 26, 2012 at 11:44 am (#)

    i love roasted beets! this recipe looks yummy.

  153. Karen posted on July 26, 2012 at 11:57 am (#)

    I love peaches, cut up and served with ice cream. And when I have a garden, my favorite are tomatoes straight from the garden.

  154. d posted on July 26, 2012 at 11:58 am (#)

    First time to your site and I love it! Can’t wait to try this recipe – I’m always looking for ways to spice up grilled zucchini. Marinated and grilled veggie kebabs with a mix of yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant, and tomatoes are probably my favorite go-to summer recipe – easy and delicious.

  155. Vicky posted on July 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm (#)

    Favorite fruit is definitely mango! Favorite veggie is tomatoes or zucchini! Love grilled zucchini!

  156. Adam posted on July 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm (#)

    Simple answer: I love all things zucchini.

  157. Robin posted on July 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm (#)

    Corn! Grilled with adobo seasoning and a little butter :D

  158. Robin posted on July 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm (#)

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  159. Adam posted on July 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm (#)

    … and just liked Fifteen Spatulas Facebook page.

  160. Emily H. posted on July 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm (#)

    My favorite summer vegetable is sweet corn, grilled with some melted butter/herbs/parmesean cheese! Sweet and salty, so delicious!

  161. Stephanie posted on July 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm (#)

    I melt for a grilled corn on the cob!

  162. Cali posted on July 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm (#)

    This summer I’ve fallen in love with Swiss chard!

  163. Melanie posted on July 26, 2012 at 1:01 pm (#)

    I love pretty much all fruit in the summer! Except for the melons…yuk. And loving to use zucchini in place of pasta! Makes for much healthier dinners. Thanks for the nance to win!

  164. Melanie posted on July 26, 2012 at 1:02 pm (#)

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  165. aubrey posted on July 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm (#)

    figs!

  166. aubrey posted on July 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm (#)

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  167. Beth posted on July 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm (#)

    Props to you for seeing the need for some creativity in the healthy food department! I love this idea!!!

  168. Tiffany posted on July 26, 2012 at 1:30 pm (#)

    My favorite fruit has to be blueberries for sure… I just pop them in the freezer, then either blend them to make smoothies, add them to my yogurt, or eat them on their own (:

  169. Abby VZ posted on July 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm (#)

    Being a native Iowan I cannot say no to corn! I love it the classic way – steamed with butter, salt and pepper! YUM!

  170. Kayla posted on July 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm (#)

    My favorite summer veggie is asparagus and I love to grill it with some garlic grapeseed oil, and a bit of garlic salt and lemon pepper!

  171. Kayla posted on July 26, 2012 at 2:08 pm (#)

    I also just liked you on facebook! I was so happy to come across this site via pinterest yesterday!

  172. Becky posted on July 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm (#)

    I like most vegetables, but yesterday I made a fantastic frittata-ish dish with crimini and shiitake mushrooms, a yellow pepper, and swiss chard. The combination of the shiitake and the chard was perfect!

  173. Becky posted on July 26, 2012 at 3:27 pm (#)

    just like on FB! keep it up!

  174. Janelle posted on July 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm (#)

    My favorite right now is mangoes! So yummy, I like to put them in my smoothies.

  175. Lucia posted on July 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm (#)

    Favorite summer fruit is the PEACH! :) White peaches, yellow peaches.. so juicy and deliciously sweet! I wish I was much more creative with my culinary creations like you, so unfortunately I don’t cook my peaches in any way and eat them straight up right off the pit :P Thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe!

  176. Janelle posted on July 26, 2012 at 3:43 pm (#)

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  177. Lucia posted on July 26, 2012 at 3:46 pm (#)

    Also just liked your facebook page :)

  178. LindseyR posted on July 26, 2012 at 3:47 pm (#)

    Definitely avocados… especially because my husband is such a southwestern eater, we basically have them with everything. Mix them with black beans, fresh tomatoes, white corn, and a bit of lime juice, S&P and olive oil and you will be in heaven!

  179. LindseyR posted on July 26, 2012 at 3:48 pm (#)

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  180. Ronalee Duncan posted on July 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm (#)

    Tough to choose.
    I love yellow squash. I like to wrap it in foil (using garlic powder, oilive oil, salt and pepper) and cook it in the oven while the rest of dinner cooks.

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  181. Ronalee Duncan posted on July 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm (#)

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  182. meredith posted on July 26, 2012 at 4:58 pm (#)

    My favorite summer vegetable is grilled eggplant!

  183. meredith posted on July 26, 2012 at 4:59 pm (#)

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  184. Emily posted on July 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm (#)

    Cherries are my favorite!

  185. Elena V posted on July 26, 2012 at 5:12 pm (#)

    Eggplant marinated in tomato juice with garlic, carrots, vinegar, salt and dill. It’s best when left alone for 4-5 days…oh gosh it’s the best summer appetizer!

  186. Jessica W posted on July 26, 2012 at 5:12 pm (#)

    As simple as it sounds, I love summertime corn. Throw it on the grill, then chop it up for a roasted fresh corn salsa. YUM.

  187. Jessica W posted on July 26, 2012 at 5:14 pm (#)

    Also already a facebook fan, pintrist fan, and twitter follower. DUH.

  188. Emily posted on July 26, 2012 at 5:16 pm (#)

    I like you on FB!

  189. Amanda Owens posted on July 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm (#)

    My favorite summertime fruit is Watermelon! I love the amazing juicy taste it has! I always pick up a watermelon at least one a week at my local Farmers’ Market!

  190. Amanda Owens posted on July 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm (#)

    I am a new fan of Fifteen Spatulas on Facebook! Great giveaway!

    Thanks!

  191. Daphne posted on July 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm (#)

    I love making homemade salsa – the traditional mexican restaurant kind!!

  192. Marina DeForest posted on July 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm (#)

    Favorite summer veggie is the humble, everlasting Tomato. So good & can be used in almost everything. Plant as many as possible during early summer. Preserve to use ALL year round. Can’t say enough about the Tomato.

  193. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts posted on July 26, 2012 at 5:41 pm (#)

    What a gorgeous way to make zucchini.

    My favorite summer fruit is strawberries. One time a year we make strawberry shortcake with fresh strawberries, and it is one of the best days of the year!
    Veggies – zuchhini and tomatoes have to be up there. Zucchini in anyway shape or form is good for me. And salsa is something I just have a major weakness for!

  194. Leslie A. posted on July 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm (#)

    Tomatoes!!! Take a cherry tomato, cut off the top and scoop out the middle. Next, fill with a cream cheese (low fat), chives, bacon mixture and let chill. Yum!

  195. Sarah posted on July 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm (#)

    My favorite summer fruit is definitely peaches, and I love to grill them.

    This is such a creative way to use zucchini!

  196. Shannon S posted on July 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm (#)

    pineapple and I love to grill it and serve it over Ice Cream

  197. Shannon S posted on July 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm (#)

    liked the like the Fifteen Spatulas Facebook Page

  198. ATLKristen posted on July 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm (#)

    Strawberries. I love grilling them and using them for strawberry shortcake. I also like eating them with sour cream and brown sugar.

  199. David posted on July 26, 2012 at 11:07 pm (#)

    Shishito peppers fried in olive oil with salt and pepper…cannot stop eating them until they’re all gone!

  200. meatballs & milkshakes posted on July 27, 2012 at 10:51 am (#)

    These look delicious! I have a bunch of zucchini so I might try it this weekend!

  201. maureen posted on July 27, 2012 at 10:59 am (#)

    Favorite summer fruit is watermelon and really the best way to have it is cut up and cold from the frig.

  202. sarah posted on July 27, 2012 at 11:04 am (#)

    My absolute favorite summer fruit it peaches. I’m running out for another case now!
    This zucchini wrap is fantastic. I cannot wait to try it out!

  203. Claire posted on July 27, 2012 at 11:41 am (#)

    My favorite is watermelon, and I love eating it chilled and tossed with feta, Olive oil, basil, and pine nuts. Makes for an awesome salad!

  204. Claire posted on July 27, 2012 at 11:41 am (#)

    Liked the FB page long ago! love you!

  205. LeAnne posted on July 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm (#)

    My favorite would have to be cherries! Not only are they delicious as is, but they’re so good in sweet and savory dishes!

  206. Celeste Sepessy posted on July 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm (#)

    Rainer cherries — in my opinion, the most delicious fruit on earth. Eaten by the handfuls, of course!

    • Celeste Sepessy replied on July 27th, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      Or Rainier, if you like proper spelling. :)

  207. Carol posted on July 27, 2012 at 4:28 pm (#)

    Tomatillos! I make salsa verde and can it for the winter.

  208. AMORY posted on July 28, 2012 at 12:20 am (#)

    My favorite summer fruit prep are grilled peaches! :)

  209. AMORY posted on July 28, 2012 at 12:21 am (#)

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  210. Liv posted on July 28, 2012 at 1:57 am (#)

    sour cherries and strawberries in an oatmeal crisp

  211. Brittany G posted on July 28, 2012 at 12:59 pm (#)

    This recipe sounds so delish! My favourite summer veggie though is sweet corn. While my go to way to make it is just grilling it up, it’s perfect on a cool summer day for corn chowder.

  212. Kayleigh posted on July 28, 2012 at 8:58 pm (#)

    Wow this looks so delicious, I’ve been looking for some new ways to use my zucchini this summer!

    Zucchini is my favorite veggie to cook during the summer, I usually roast it with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic, yum! And I love grilled nectarines during summertime as well. :)

  213. Alessandra posted on July 29, 2012 at 1:50 am (#)

    Lovely, my kind of food, pinned :-)!!!

    Ciao
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  214. Gina M (crave to save) posted on July 29, 2012 at 7:25 am (#)

    Strawberries! I love them in smoothies!
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  215. Gina M (crave to save) posted on July 29, 2012 at 7:26 am (#)

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  216. MK Rainville posted on July 29, 2012 at 9:34 am (#)

    The cucumber… So many refreshing ways to enjoy. I start in the morning by going out and picking the biggest freshest cucumber… Then I start with a few slices in my water jug. I slice up the rest for a lite breakfast (whole wheat toast, low fat ricotta, cucumber slices and Italian seasoning). I cube the rest of the cucumber for a tomato /cucumber/pasta salad to take to work for the day. And then I don’t have any left overs.

  217. domestic diva posted on July 29, 2012 at 11:05 am (#)

    I love avocados, and I like them straight up.

  218. Lauren posted on July 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm (#)

    tomatoes! I just like them fresh and raw – maybe in a simple salad with basil, olive oil, and S&P.

  219. Lauren posted on July 29, 2012 at 3:25 pm (#)

    I also liked the FB page =]

  220. Amy posted on July 29, 2012 at 10:09 pm (#)

    Avocado is relatively new to me, so I’m still loving that as a raw addition to all of my dishes

  221. beka posted on August 1, 2012 at 9:17 am (#)

    Lately I’ve been enjoying watermelon with lime…refreshing!

  222. Platanos, Mangoes and Me! posted on August 8, 2012 at 8:04 am (#)

    This is right up my alley. They look gorgeous…cook book quality photograph!

  223. Jailyn Channell posted on August 9, 2012 at 4:24 am (#)

    Eggplant!!! I absolutely love making eggplant parmesan for my family, the first time I made it they didn’t even realize there was no meat!!! hahaha:)

  224. Kath posted on August 12, 2012 at 11:30 am (#)

    Hands down: pineapple. It can be simple: dehydrated, fresh, frozen (yum), and it is mindblowing. Put the possibilities are endless. Grill it in rings, and it’s a wonderful sandwich or burger garnish. Put it into a gazpacho soup for a refreshing zing and burst of flavor. Puree it with some coconut cream or butter and run it in an ice cream maker for a delectable dessert. Ginger-pineapple infused rum for a special mixer. Hummus, pineapple, avocado sandwich with the Arkansas summer’s fresh and flavorful cucumbers and beautiful heirloom tomatoes. Amazing in a tuna-avocado-jalapeno salad. Should I go on? Next thing on my bucket list.. move somewhere where I can take a daily walk to a market for fresh, tree-ripened pineapple.

  225. Robin posted on August 23, 2012 at 11:29 am (#)

    My favorite is Jersey tomatoes sliced thick with fresh mozarella, fresh basil, a drizzle of olive oil & rock salt. Preferrable eaten overlooking the ocean at sunset.

  226. Robin posted on August 23, 2012 at 11:33 am (#)

    Fresh Jersey tomatoes sliced thick with mozarella, fresh basil, a drizzle of olive oil & rock salt. Preferrably eaten overlooking the beach at sunset.

  227. Deanne posted on September 4, 2012 at 2:41 am (#)

    Fresh crisp garden cucumbers……..peeled, sliced in edible size pieces, add very thinly sliced purple onions. Then in separate bowl: mix sour cream, splash apple cider vinegar, sugar to taste, and….fresh dill to taste. Mix well and add to cucumbers with onions. Yummmmmmmmmm………..very summery indeed.

    • Pablo replied on September 23rd, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      Fresh red peppers, sliced in half lengthwise and cleaned, stuffed with crushed tomatoes, sour cream, and anchovies, spices of your choice (but crashed red pepper among them), baked in a 300F oven for 10/15 minutes.

  228. Ashley Benson posted on September 26, 2012 at 10:00 am (#)

    Oh my gosh this looks great! I will try this soon. It will probably be added to the menu of my Health & Fitness Vacation I am hosting this Nov. in St. Augustine! It looks like a perfect afternoon beach snack! Check it out on my blog! Spots are still open :)

    • Joanne Ozug replied on September 26th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      Thanks Ashley! Sadly I won’t be living in Jacksonville anymore by November, but I hope your event goes well!!!

  229. Alison Palmatier posted on October 3, 2012 at 9:22 pm (#)

    Tomatoes and peaches. My favorite way to eat peaches is fresh with the juice dribbling down your arms and chin. My favorite way to prepare tomatoes (besides tomato sauce, salsa, and slow roasted) is to dice them up with garlic, fresh basil, red wine vinegar and salt and pepper and put that over pasta. Oh, this is making me long for more summer fruits and veggies!

  230. Deana posted on October 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm (#)

    My favorite summer fruit is pineapple, cut into planks, grilled and finished with a squirt of fresh lime juice.

  231. Roslyn Kravitz posted on October 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm (#)

    My favorite summer fruit is cantelope…You can do so much with it…smoothies, fruit salad, and just fresh cut! YUM!

  232. Melissa posted on October 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm (#)

    Thanks for this recipe!! It was so yummy. And simple. I used creamy goat cheese in place of parm. I ate almost the whole thing for lunch. Tart and filling. Yum. Thank you!

  233. Gigi C posted on December 12, 2012 at 10:44 pm (#)

    I love fresh tomatoes….let me count the ways
    1. Wash tomatoes and take a big bite!
    2. Bruschetta
    3. Fresh salsa
    4. Fresh marinara sauce

  234. Nat posted on December 30, 2012 at 7:39 am (#)

    I know this recipe was posted long ago but I’ve only just now stumbled upon it. I’m dying to make it but have a nut allergy. Does anyone know if it’s possible to make this without the walnuts?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 30th, 2012 at 11:55 am

      Absolutely! The texture/flavor will be slightly different, but not drastically.

      • Nat replied on December 30th, 2012 at 7:09 pm

        Joanne you’re amazing! Thank you so much for the response and all the wonderful ideas you share!

  235. Georgia posted on December 31, 2012 at 2:59 pm (#)

    Favorite fruit or fruits I should say would probably be berries and pineapple. The pineapple I love to grill on the BBQ. I have several berry bushes and love to just pick and eat. Your zucchini recipe looks fabulous. Going to a party and making it to bring. Thanks so much.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on December 31st, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Awesome Georgia, hope you have fun at the party!

  236. Caroline posted on January 29, 2013 at 2:58 pm (#)

    OMG thank God these are on your homepage slideshow, because apparently, I missed this post last year. These are so creative and sound amazing!! Bookmarking for sure. x

  237. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste posted on March 7, 2013 at 12:24 pm (#)

    These roll-ups are absolutely stunning! I love how thinly sliced the zucchini is. These will be perfect for a summer barbecue!

  238. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on May 26, 2013 at 10:00 am (#)

    This is such a great idea!! I always have an abundance of zucchini and pesto rocks!

  239. Deborah posted on May 26, 2013 at 10:52 pm (#)

    You have definitely found a way to get creative with veggies! Love these!

  240. Jann posted on July 13, 2013 at 11:59 pm (#)

    This recipe sounds delicious and the end result is so beautiful! I would have made these last year for my sister’s July wedding had I known about them. My favorite summer veggie is fresh, raw yellow corn – to me it’s so much sweeter when uncooked. I love it in a salad with tomatoes and onion <3

    • Joanne Ozug replied on July 15th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Wow cool, I will have to try this raw corn!

  241. Karen R posted on July 23, 2013 at 12:31 pm (#)

    Could you make this with traditional pesto (made with basil) instead of parsley?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on July 23rd, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      Hi Karen, definitely!

  242. Kristina posted on July 24, 2013 at 3:13 pm (#)

    these look great, and deliciously creative!

  243. megs posted on July 25, 2013 at 11:30 am (#)

    Mmmmm… looks and sounds scrumpious!!!!! :)
    I LOVE veggies!!
    And saw your question. Fave fruit raspberries, goji berries & watermelon!!!
    As doe. Veg… oh gee…. no idea… I really love most veggies! Haha

  244. Donna posted on August 12, 2013 at 11:37 am (#)

    Hi, this sounds delicious and I plan to make it this weekend.
    Do you serve your rolls hot or cold?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on August 12th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      Hi Donna, I serve them at room temperature and think that’s when they taste best. Enjoy!

  245. gloria posted on August 25, 2013 at 8:15 am (#)

    these look great! i was just wondering if anyone knew how many calories there were per each bite?

  246. Heidi Rousseau posted on October 23, 2013 at 12:13 pm (#)

    I have a prepared bottled pesto that I will try instead of making it from scratch.My hubby will NOT eat any squash of any kind so I have to make it for one so I will use a lot less of above ingred.I like zucchini and have made many loaves of bread with it(hubby likes that) so will go shopping today and buy what I need.Good recipe.

  247. Jackie P posted on February 25, 2014 at 5:36 pm (#)

    Hi, I’m a little confused. I saw the notice at the bottom of the recipe about not publishing this without permission. This recipe looks great. Do you permit people to “Pin” your recipes without permission? I ask, because I have known others who do not like their recipes on Pinterest. Do I have permission to “Pin” this?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on March 1st, 2014 at 9:41 am

      Hi Jackie, pinning is fine. What I’m trying to deter is people who copy and paste the entire post and photos, and post to their website, claiming it as their own. Hope that clarifies =)

      • Jackie P replied on March 2nd, 2014 at 6:09 pm

        Thanks. I made this and it was delicious. My husband who does not even like artichokes tried it and loved it. I am glad to be able to share this with my Pinterest followers.

        • Joanne Ozug replied on March 6th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

          Really happy to hear that, Jackie!

  248. Susan Richards posted on May 31, 2014 at 4:33 pm (#)

    How much ahead can you make these?

  249. January posted on July 8, 2014 at 11:49 pm (#)

    These sound amazing! I would love to serve these at a party…. Can they be made ahead of time?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on July 12th, 2014 at 10:54 am

      You can assemble them a few hours ahead. Enjoy!

  250. Erika Hisel-Behlke posted on August 12, 2014 at 10:31 am (#)

    Hi I am in a challenge group for weight loss and I was just wanting to let you know that I am sharing this on the group I put your address on there so they know I got it from you. If you want me to take it down just email me and I will do so. these just look soooo darn good.