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FRESH Flavor of East Texas Summer

Lemon-Marinated Zucchini and Squash SaladJuly may be one of the hottest months of the year, but it can also be the most flavorful. When it comes to homegrown fruits and vegetables, July is the month when everything is at its peak of flavor.

Tomatoes, squash, zucchini, onions, blueberries, watermelon, fresh herbs and so much more! My mouth is watering just thinking about all of these FRESH foods.

So many of these things are grown right here in East Texas, and FRESH works directly with local growers to offer as much as they can in the produce department.

You will find Jacksonville tomatoes, Noonday onions and zucchini, squash, peaches, peppers and blueberries grown right here in East Texas. There are also many things provided by other Texas growers like cantaloupes, watermelon, herbs, potatoes and more.

With all of this great local flavor, you might need some new recipes. Here are two that truly capture the flavors of summer!

Lemon-Marinated Zucchini and Squash Salad

2 yellow squash
2 zucchini
1 large lemon, juice and zest
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp white wine vinegar
1/4 tsp each, salt and black pepper

Cut the ends off the squash and zucchini. Going down the length of the vegetables, peel off the top layer of skin and discard. Using a mandoline or vegetable peeler, continue to peel off very thin ribbon-like vertical slices. Place in a medium-sized bowl. Add the lemon zest and juice. Roughly chop crushed red pepper flakes and add to the bowl. Add remaining 3 ingredients and toss well. Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Serve cold as a salad or side dish.

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Watermelon Salsa

2 cups watermelon, diced
1 peach, diced
1 Tbs honey
1 to 2 jalapeƱos
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1 large tomato, seeded and diced
1/2 cucumber, seeded and diced
2 Tbs mint leaves, chopped
2 Tbs cilantro, chopped

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, and chill for up to an hour before serving. Use as a dip or serve over grilled chicken, fish or shrimp tacos.

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