Quick Condiment Recipes for Cooking Summer Fruits and Vegetables

At the end of summer, it’s hard not to want to stock up on everything when walking through a vegetable garden or public market. If you don’t have enough time to make traditional preserves, you can take advantage of the abundance of fresh summer produce by transforming it into quick condiments. For each condiment listed below, we also provide recipes on how best to use them.

1. Herb and Chili Pepper Sauce (Zhoug)

Also known as skhug, zhoug (pronounced “zoog”) is a cilantro-based sauce that’s packed with freshness and spice. If you’re already a fan of pesto, it’s sure to please! Originally from Yemen, this herby mixture perfectly coats falafel, meat and corn in papillote with spice butter.  Be transported to those beautiful summer days with this recipe. 

2. Zucchini and Tomato Concassé

When zucchini and tomato season is in full swing, there’s no shortage of what to do with them! It’s a great time to combine these ingredients for a simple and quick recipe, like this condiment that goes beautifully with chicken or fish—such as this smoked paprika cod wrapped in prosciutto. There’s nothing like a recipe that encompasses the sweet memory of a bountiful summer.

3. Quick Pickled Cucumber

Is your vegetable garden overflowing with cucumbers that you don’t know what to do with? Reap the fruits of your labour with this fast, easy recipe that will give you tons of freshness and crunch—no canning involved! These pickled cucumbers will brighten up any other flavours you pair them with, such as tacos, sandwiches and one of our faves, this generous beef and bell pepper sub.

4. Vanilla Roasted Strawberries

Stock up on those big flats of autumn strawberries, also called “crates” for those familiar with them! With only three ingredients and a few minutes of your time, you can make the best sweet and syrupy dessert. You’ll want to eat it right out of the jar, or on this peanut butter and jelly sundae barefoot in the grass, while the weather is still nice.