We’ve gathered some of our favorite seasonal recipes using the bounty of Solano County to create delicious meals with local food. New recipes will be added each month.
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Gnocchi with Vegetables in Lemon Primavera Sauce
Turn potatoes into fluffy gnocchi, while combining a variety of spring vegetables in a lemon-based sauce for a spring dinner dish from Chef Laura Doyle
Classic Andalusian Gazpacho
This soup puts to use the cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and more that summer gardens produce in abundance
Zucchini Salad with Lemon Zest
This simple salad is bright, vibrant and super easy to make with two items that often are abundant in the garden: zucchinis and lemons
Lavender-Infused Beet Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Add fresh lavender to add a seasonal flavor to this spring beet salad
Traditional Jamaican Sorrel (Hibiscus) Drink
This dish spotlights hibiscus, strawberries and ginger, and was demonstrated by Chef Chantoll Williams, owner of Rasta Mama’s Kitchen in Vacaville, at the Spring 2022 Bounty of the County.
Melon & Cucumber Salad with Fresh Mint & Crispy Prosciutto
This dish spotlights seasonal melons, cucumber and zucchini, and was demonstrated by Chef Lisa Núñez-Hancock of UR What U Eat at the Spring 2022 Bounty of the County.
Green Bean Caesar Salad with Parmesan & Garlic Croutons
This dish spotlights green beans, garlic and olive oil, and was demonstrated by SuSol’s Chef Stephanie Oelsligle Jordan at the Spring 2022 Bounty of the County.
Crostini with Slow-Roasted Tomato ‘Jam’ and Goat/Vegan Cheese
This dish spotlights tomatoes, basil and garlic, and was demonstrated by SuSol’s Lauren Gucik at the Spring 2022 Bounty of the County.
Vegan Corn Salad with Barley, Tomatoes & Basil Vinaigrette
This dish spotlights sweet corn, basil, tomatoes and spring onions and was demonstrated by Chef Veronica Bearce of Veronica’s Veggies at the Spring 2022 Bounty of the County.
Rossini’s Garden Drink
A springtime variation on a traditional Rossini cocktail/mocktail. Its garden fresh taste is created by adding cucumber, parsley and lemon juice.
Spring Garden Savory Dutch Baby
Dutch Baby is a large fluffy pancake excellent for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dessert any time of year. This verdant Dutch Baby is festive and fast, and gets its striking color, freshness, and flavor from the addition of spinach and tender herbs.
Arugula & Almond Pesto
Use abundant arugula and almonds to make this fresh twist on pesto
Simple Vegetable Stock
Learn how to use your kitchen scraps to make this robust vegetable stock in this zero-waste kitchen recipe
Early spring is prime time for leafy greens in the garden and at the farmers market. Here are a few recipes that can be made with a variety of different greens: Garlicky Sautéed Greens, Kale Salad with Bitter Greens and Lemon, and Chimichurri Sauce.
Put versatile beans to use in these two recipes: Black Bean Burgers, and Cannellini Beans with Garlic & Sage
Japanese-Inspired Immune Boosting Soup
This soup packs in plenty of flavor and healthy ingredients
Hasselback Butternut Squash with Bay Leaves
Tender roasted squash blends sweet and spicy in this recipe
Brussels Sprout Salad with Warm Mustard Vinaigrette
Thinly sliced Brussels sprouts create a base for this slightly wilted salad with vinagarette and apricots
Thanksgiving Sauces & Condiments
Bring out the flavor in your holiday meals with these sauces and condiments: Low Sugar Cranberry Sauce and Thanksgiving Salsa Verde, and Compound Butter
Mini Endive Salad ‘Boats’ with Honey-Roasted Pears, Walnuts & Goat Cheese
These endive salad ‘boats’ work great with a pear-walnut filling, or try other seasonal fillings at the end of the recipe!
Spanakopita Mini Phyllo Cups
Spinach, onion, herbs and garlic combine with feta and cottage cheese to create these seasonal appetizers
Quick & Easy Giardiniera
This relish of pickled vegetables is a versatile side dish that uses cauliflower, celery, carrots and other add-ins!
Watermelon Curry Sauce over Pan-Seared Potatoes & Zucchini
Turn fresh watermelon into this savory curry sauce that goes great with seasonal vegetables
Summer Green Beans
Use those summer green beans in these two recipes: Grilled Corn, Green Bean & Tomato Salad, and Roasted Green Beans with Gremolata.
Fresh herbs and summer-ripe tomatoes create the perfect opportunity to top pasta, vegetables and more with Classic Basil Pesto, and Broiled Tomato & Walnut Pesto.
Fresh Peach Salsa
Summer peaches and tomatoes shine in this fresh salsa!
Spiced Moroccan Vegetable Couscous
Use fresh spring vegetables to make this seasonal couscous dish!
Salt-Roasted Beets with Pickled Cherries, Creamy-Roasted Zucchini Purée, and Lemon Olive Oil Dressed Spinach
Each part of this recipe is a versatile ingredient by itself, but when combined creates a burst of seasonal flavors.
Salads & Vinaigrettes
Summer is a great time for these salads and light vinaigrettes: Moroccan Orange Salad with Walnuts, Goat Cheese & Citrus Vinaigrette, and Salad with Crispy Spiced Chickpeas, Roasted Onions & Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette. You’ll also find some basic tips on creating a vinaigrette and recipes for Basic Balsamic and Simple Lemon versions.
Asian Rice Bowl
Create this Asian Rice Bowl with seasonal vegetables and one of these two sauces: Spicy Cashew Cheese Sauce, or Ginger Soy Sauce.
All About Artichokes
Artichokes can be cooked multiple ways. Learn how to prepare artichokes to make Roasted Artichokes with Quick Garlic-Lemon Aioli, and Marinated Artichokes.
Homemade Baby Food
Homemade baby food is healthy and costs less than the prepared stuff! Learn how to make and store Basic Steamed Vegetables for Baby and Walnut & Raisin ‘Bon Bons’ for Toddlers.
Spiced Red Lentils with Garlic & Ginger
This red lentil Dal showcases a variety of spices
French Green Lentil Soup
This French Green Lentil soup can serve as a versatile base for other seasonal additions
Roasted Cabbage Wedges
Keep these cabbage wedges simple, or try a variety of seasonings to spice them up!
Make this traditional Irish dish with a springtime twist that includes kale, spring onions, cauliflower and leeks.
Braised Winter Greens with Coconut & Curry
Here’s a flavorful dish to liven up your winter greens
Winter Citrus Smoothie
This winter smoothie wakes up banana and yogurt with fresh orange juice and lemon or grapefruit juice
Creamy Homemade Hummus
Hummus is a quick snack and quick to make!
Sweet & Crunchy Cinnamon-Spiced Nuts
This simple recipe is a great way to spice up a variety of nuts
Rasta Mama’s Kitchen Pumpkin Curry Stew
Chef Chantoll Williams of Rasta Mama’s Kitchen shares her recipe for a Jamaican-inspired, plant-based Pumpkin Curry Stew.
Pomona’s Orange Marmalade
Try this simple, classic orange marmalade recipe
This dish features sweet potatoes — a wonderful holiday food in the African traditions — and chickpeas, which add plant-based protein.
Festive Winter Fruit
Winter fruit is the star of the show in these three recipes: Citrus Salad with Star Anise Syrup, Salad with Thyme & Honey-Roasted Pears, Pecans, Goat Cheese & Champagne Vinaigrette, and Proscuitto-Wrapped Persimmons.
Kale & Brussels Sprout Salad
This light side dish features Brussels spouts and kale in a lemon-Dijon dressing
Twice-Roasted Squash (& Toasted Squash Seeds)
Use your winter squash for a seasonal side dish — and then do something fun with the seeds — in these recipes: Twice-Roasted Squash with Parmesan Butter & Grains and Toasted Squash Seeds
Coconut Green Curry with Seasonal Vegetables
Make this curry as a warm winter meal or substitute in other seasonal vegetables to enjoy year-round!
Calabaza en Tacha (Candied Pumpkin)
Calabaza en Tacha es uno de los postres tradicionales en la celebración del Día de Los Muertos.
Wild-Caught Salmon with Green Onion Gremolata & Seasonal Vegetables
Learn how to make this dish with an abundance of seasonal vegetables, first featured in Bounty of the County!
On those hot summer days, use the grill to bring out the flavor of your seasonal vegetables with these Brined & Grilled Carrots with Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce and Grilled Vegetable Ratatouille
Potato & Green Bean Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette
Try this twist on potato salad for a light way to feature seasonal potatoes and green beans.
Tomatoes and other seasonal veggies are highlighted in these two tapas recipes: Spanish Romesco Sauce and Gazpacho Andaluz
Easy Taco Toppers
Learn how to make these three easy sauces: Homemade Mexican Pico de Gallo, Guatemalan Chimichurri Sauce, and Roasted Tomatillo & Avocado Salsa
Grilled Zucchini and Corn Salad
Summer squash is highlighted in this seasonal grilled salad.
Make these sauces: Honey Citronette, Italian Salsa Verde and Moroccan Chermoula
Panzanella Salad (Italian Bread and Tomato Salad)
Try out this summer salad to highlight tomatoes, cucumbers and red onion.
Strawberry Ice Pops
Learn how to make tasty strawberry ice pops in this fun and easy summer recipe.
Learn how to use Solano County’s lavender at the peak of harvest time in these two recipes: Roasted Beet Salad with Honey-Lavender Dressing and Lavender-Lemonade Ice Pops.
Solano Stone Fruit
Seasonal stone fruit shines in these two recipes: Pan-Glazed Stone Fruit with Pistachios and Fresh Peach Salsa.
Vegetable Pad Thai
Learn how to make Vegetable Pad Thai in this recipe from a class funded by Republic Services
Pan-Roasted Radishes with Radish Greens
This recipe features radishes mellowed by pan-roasting and their greens
Roasted Carrots with Carrot-Top Pesto
Use every part of your carrots in this delicious recipe.
Turn your seasonal strawberries into a full brunch experience with these two recipes: Salad with Basalmic-Glazed Strawberries and Goat Cheese and Easy Strawberry Refrigerator Jam
This spring soup puts your beans, peas, leeks and garlic to good use.
Use this quick-pickle recipe for a fresh take on your seasonal vegetables.
Spring Hot & Sour Soup
This soup highlights sugar snap peas and shelling peas with mushrooms alongside the heat of ginger and pepper.
Mixed Greens Salad with Peas, Pistachios & Pecorino
Put your sugar snap peas and other seasonal produce to work in this fresh salad.
Asparagus Salad with Sesame-Tangerine Vinaigrette
Showcase seasonal asparagus and citrus in this salad.
Turn radishes into something special with these recipes for braised radishes and spicy quick pickled radishes
Caldo Verde (Portuguese Potato-Kale Soup)
This hearty winter soup shows off seasonal greens.
Warm Indian Cabbage Salad
Make this sauteed cabbage with Indian spices as a delicious side dish.
Funding for promotion of specialty crops through this recipe page was made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through grant AM190100XXXXG008. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necesssarily represent the official views of the USDA.