Refreshing Summer Fruit and Vegetable Recipes

Between cookout invitations and outdoor activities, this is the perfect time of year to get the most out of your garden. Whether you're cooking up healthy entrees or mixing up the perfect side dish for your grilled meats, there are plenty of ways you can take advantage of the bright colors and flavors from your summer harvest.

Use these refreshing fruit and vegetable recipe ideas to cool down your dinner table this summer.

Strawberry Shortcake

Create this All-American dessert for your guests just in time for the 4th of July celebrations. Using your freshly grown strawberries and white chocolate infused vanilla cake, this summer dessert is as delicious as it is appealing. Get step-by-step instructions on this centerpiece at Food&Wine.

Watermelon Salad

Use this summer favorite to create a tangy side dish to accompany your BBQ. Mix together seedless watermelon chunks with feta cheese, arugula and mint from your indoor herb garden to make this refreshing side dish. See more of this recipe and its fruity vinaigrette at Food Network.

Smoked Corn Coleslaw

Revamp your coleslaw recipe by incorporating your summer veggie garden. After smoking your corn on the grill, add in fresh cilantro and cabbage to make the perfect side dish for your smoked pork and grilled steaks. Toss in some diced jaleapenos for a kick of flavor. Visit Cooking Channel for the full recipe.

Fruit Salsa

Whether you enjoy this dish as an appetizer or a sweet treat after dinner, this berry-filled salsa is sure to impress guests. After you mix your chilled strawberries, apples, kiwi and raspberries together, you can enjoy this salsa with fried cinnamon tortilla chips. Take a look at the full recipe at Taste of Home.

Stuffed Peppers

This healthy twist on a traditional Mexican entree makes great use of your summer veggies. Once your green peppers are cleaned and sliced, you can fill them with a sauteed mixture of ground turkey, zucchini, tomatoes, and spinach. Get more on this healthy dinner recipe at All Recipes.

Summer Salad

When it comes to vegetables, salad combinations are endless. Refresh your usual salad greens with summer veggies like squash and arugula. Get your summertime berries in the mix to create sweet and tangy vinaigrettes. Check out more on this salad and other summer salads at Bon Appetit.