Here’s a list of what you should cook this May based on what produce is in season in May for fresh, delicious and healthy recipes!
Happy May friends! I’m back again with another “What to Cook This May: Produce in Season”. Some amazing veggies and fruits (strawberries!) have just come into season!
Curious as to what produce is in season in May? Here are my favourites:
Pictured: Strawberry Salsa
I usually put this guide in order, but it’s National Strawberry Month! It’s the month to go wild with your strawberries. I adore them in this salsa, roasted, pureed, or eaten by themselves. Strawberries are my absolute favourite fruit.
Pictured: Garlic Roasted Asparagus (Step-by-Step)
I have completely fallen in love with Asparagus! I’ve been roasting them, pureeing them and even eating them raw. They are such a delicious veg and one I plan to incorporate this spring!
Avocados have JUST come back into season for me! I will admit…I’ve gone through about 8 of them in the last three weeks. I’m completely obsessed. They are the perfect replacement in baking recipes and add such a great creaminess to bowl foods! Avocado toast is my favourite way to enjoy them.
Pictured: Roasted Beet Hummus
I’m pretty sure I have an obsession with beets, since it’s one of my most used ingredients on this entire blog. I made a joke about owning a beet farm, but I’m pretty sure I need to look into that. Their versatility from crunchy to smooth, velvet-y and sweet once roasted make them such a great root vegetable. That colour is also divine!
I love how bright and beautiful cabbage is. I’ve used it raw for a crunch factor, and I’ve also sautéed it down in coconut milk.
Pictured: Maple Garlic Roasted Carrots
Carrots are also in season in many places. I love how carrots taste once roasted – so tender! They are perfect for carrot noodles with a spiralizer also, or as carrot fries.
Pictured: Za’atar Roasted Cauliflower Steaks
Out of all the ingredients listed here, cauliflower is definitely my favourite. If you’re following me on Snapchat (jessinkitchen) you’ll see that I’m using it once again because I can’t get enough! This is one of those recipes to try if you’re new to a vegetarian lifestyle or want to eat healthier without losing any of the taste. These Cauliflower Steaks are OUT of this world!
Citrus (Oranges, Lemons, Limes and more)
I’m a big citrus fan. We constantly stock up on limes, lemons and oranges because they work well with everything. I’ve included recipes where they are the main feature ingredient in the dish or the sauce/dressing.
Greens (Herbs, Spinach, Kale, and more)
Greens start to show up everywhere this time of the year. I try to keep a bag of fresh greens in my fridge at all times for spur of the moment salads, pestos, and anything else. I always use fresh herbs and you will absolutely taste the difference from dried herbs. I’m thinking of growing my own herb garden next. My new favourite herb is definitely rosemary! I’ve been using it in EVERYTHING.
Pictured: Strawberry Mango Smoothie
I love Mangoes! This deliciously sweet fruit goes well with basically everything and this pairing above is the perfect example of a May ready smoothie. You can’t go wrong with mangoes.
Mushrooms are the kind of ingredients that everyone should try. They become soft, delectable and take on so many different notes of savoury flavours that I try to use them in everything. This Creamy Coconut Spinach and Mushroom Quinoa is easily one of my favourite mushroom dishes since they are so garlicky and tender.
Pictured: Creamy Cashew Pea Pesto
It’s pea season! Put these in everything. They are tiny bursts of spring that go with everything – this pesto is proof. It goes great on appetisers, pasta, in veggie bowls…anything!
Pictured: Quick Pickled Radishes
HOW am I just getting into Radishes? Not only are they so undeniably pretty, their crunch and spice factor reminds me a lot of kohlrabi which I fell in love with two years ago. Be sure to try out all different varieties of radishes including easter egg radishes (pictured above), daikon radishes and any other kinds that you can find!
Zucchinis are finally coming into season! They are such a delicious veg and one I plan to incorporate this spring!
If you try any of these recipes, please let me know in the comment section below, or tag me on instagram with the hashtag #jessicainthekitchen. What do you plan to make this month?
P.S. I’ve completely redone my Pinterest boards to be ingredient specific so you can find more great seasonal May produce. Head over to check it out!