Peaches and apricots

Summer food — what to make in July

Looking for some sensational summer food ideas for July? Want to set off some culinary fireworks at your table at your next July 4th get-together? Get creative with your holiday picnic using our list of seasonal fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood. Still need more ideas? There’s plenty to celebrate from our list of food holidays for July?

This is a month literally dedicated to cooking out, so there will be plenty of grilled foods, picnic sides and ice cold drinks long after the fireworks are gone. Besides beer brats and baked beans, July is also the month for fresh berries: blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, huckleberries, loganberries, mulberries, raspberries, strawberries, tayberries and red currants are all in season.

July Food Ideas

Baked beans, beer can chicken, berries, bison, bratwurst, brisket, catfish, chicken, chili dogs, chocolate, coleslaw, cookies, eggplant, elderberries, fajitas, fried chicken, fudge, garlic, gyros, hamburgers, hot dogs, hanger steak, huckleberries, hummingbird cake, ice cream, jackfruit, junk food, kabobs, kielbasa, mac and cheese, macaroni salad, melon, mulberries, pasta salad, peacotum, pork chops, pork tenderloin, pulled pork, potato salad, salmon, satay, sausage, salads, souvlaki, spareribs, swordfish, tuna steaks, Tear Drops grapes, wings

July Drink Ideas

Anisette, California common (steam beer), chardonnay, chocolate milk, daiquiris, Grand Marnier, helles, ice cream soda, kölsch, lambic/fruit beer, lemonade, limeade, milkshakes, merlot, pils, piña coladas, pinot grigio, radlers, red blend, riesling, rosé, scotch, saison (farmhouse ale), sauvignon blanc, shandies, spritzers, summer ale, tequila, weisse/weizen, white blend

Seasonal Fruit

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Boysenberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Gooseberries
  • Cherries
  • Coconut
  • Dates
  • Dragonfruit
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Grapefruit
  • Honeydew
  • Huckleberries
  • Jackfruit
  • Key limes
  • Kiwano
  • Kiwi
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Loganberries
  • Lychee
  • Mandarins
  • Mango
  • Mulberries
  • Nectarine
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Passionfruit
  • Peaches
  • Peacotum
  • Pears
  • Pecans
  • Pineapple
  • Pistachios
  • Plums
  • Pluots
  • Raspberries
  • Sapote
  • Starfruit
  • Strawberries
  • Tayberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Walnuts
  • Watermelon
  • Red Currants
  • Tamarillo
  • Texas red grapefruit
  • White grapefruit

Seasonal Vegetables

Seasonal Vegetables

  • Arugula
  • Beets
  • Bell pepper
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli rabe/Rapini
  • Burdock
  • Cabbage
  • Cactus
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Chile peppers
  • Collard greens
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Escarole
  • Fava beans
  • Fava greens
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Green beans
  • Herbs
  • Horseradish
  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Jicama
  • Kale
  • Lambsquarters
  • Leeks
  • Mizuna
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard Greens
  • Nettles
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Orach
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Purslane
  • Radicchio
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Salsify
  • Scallions
  • Shallots
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts
  • Summer squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatillos
  • Turnips
  • Watercress
  • Zucchini

Seasonal Meat & Seafood

  • Tuna
  • Blue Crab
  • Calamari squid
  • Catfish
  • Cod
  • Crawfish
  • Duck
  • Sole
  • Grouper
  • Halibut
  • Lamb
  • Lobster
  • Mahi Mahi
  • Trout
  • Razor clams
  • Red Snapper
  • Salmon
  • Soft Shell Crab
  • Swordfish
  • Tilapia

Food in italic is entering or leaving their peak season, or may only be available in limited quantities. Food in bold is available all year long, but may not consist of one species (for instance, tilapia is a common term for nearly a hundred different cichlid fish) or be imported from different regions of the world at different times of the year (avocados, pineapples) and therefore may have different flavors and characteristics.

Also, please note: While almost all fruits and vegetables, meat and seafood are available in some preserved form out of season and many of the most popular are effectively in season year round, the availability and quality of seasonal foods can vary dramatically according to species, region and natural circumstances (like weather and disease).

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