The days are getting really hot and sunny here in California. Let's take it light and easy, shall we?Today's link collection is a special one, because I've rounded up some of the simplest Asian recipes using the best summer produce just for you. We're talking cucumber, tomato, zucchini, green beans, and all those wonderful summer fruits. I bet we'll be seeing a lot of them at the farmers market, and maybe they are growing in abundance in your garden now. I hope these recipes will provide you with easy, fun and delicious ideas to enjoy them!
Wait, there's more. I've started a series on my blog called Easy Summer and will be sharing simplified recipes for some of the most popular Asian dishes, especially those from the region I grew up in, Southeast Asia.
So tell me in the comment section below: What Asian dishes would you like to learn to make?
Commonly used for garnishing in Asian food, cucumber is that crunchy, sweet, and refreshing vegetable that will easily take centre stage with the right preparation. Look out for Asian varieties at the farmers market to try.
Cucumber Sunomono by Chopstick Chronicles
Korean Chilled Cucumber Soup by Tara's Multicultural Table
Vegetable Summer Rolls by Veggies Don't Bite
Asian Sesame Cucumber Salad by Will Cook for Friends
Wasabi Cucumber Avocado Dressing by Peas and Crayons
In Asian cooking, tomatoes are best enjoyed in simple recipes with only a few ingredients to let their flavor shine. Perhaps the most popular use of tomato in Chinese food is scrambled or stir-fried with eggs.
Kachumbar Salad (Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad) by Vegan Richa
Stir-Fried Tomato and Egg by The Woks of Life
Malaysian Tomato Quinoa by Vermilion Roots
Thai Tomato Salad by The Wanderlust Kitchen
Tomato Sev Curry by Vegetarian Gastronomy
Stir-fried simply with garlic is how green beans can be a quick and delicious addition to the dining table. Add ginger, chili or pepper for an uncomplicated depth of flavor. Don't pass up on the dramatic long beans if you come across them!
Miso Dijon Green Bean Mushroom Salad by I Am A Food Blog
Szechuan Dry-Fried Green Beans by China Sichuan Food
Spicy Green Beans with Mushrooms and Shishito Peppers by Healthy Nibbles and Bits
Chinese Style Garlic Green Beans by Kirbie's Cravings
Asian Green Beans by Wicked Spatula
The versatile zucchini has found its way into Asian recipes like stir-fries, curries, and even pancakes. One of its most popular applications is zoodles, basically spiralized zucchini used in place of noodles for a low-carb alternative.
Zucchini Kofta Curry by Spice In The City
Vegan Zucchini Fritters by Love Is In My Tummy
Zucchini Noodle Veggie Lo Mien by Get Inspired Everyday
Chinese Zucchini Pancakes by RecipeTin Eats
Thai Rainbow Zucchini Noodles by Pixel Sprout
Get creative with berries and stone fruits in Asian recipes. Depending on the texture and flavor profile, they can easily be swapped with the tropical fruits used in certain dishes. The most obvious choice would of course be vegan agar/kanten jelly.
Fruit Salad with Thai Herbs by 101 Cookbooks
Traditional Chinese Plum Sauce by Eating Richly
Fruit Jelly by Just One Cookbook
White Nectarine Lychee Cobbler by Two Red Bowls
Sesame Peach Mochi Cookies by Snixy Kitchen
I'm taking orders! Leave me a comment and tell me what Asian recipes you'd like to learn to cook to be included in the Easy Summer series.