What to Cook This June

Learn what's in season this month at cookieandkate.com!

Hooray for June! The sun is shining, and I look forward to fun summertime activities with Grace. I’ve been brainstorming recipes for summer produce (my favorite) and working on our garden. We planted black raspberries a couple of years ago, and they’re starting to yield some berries!

This month, seasonal produce options are expanding to include fresh fruit like blueberries, strawberries, rhubarb and cherries. I think I’ll make a crisp soon. The only question is which kind—blueberry, mixed berry or strawberry rhubarb? Asparagus and spring peas are on their way out, so get your fill of them while you can.


Mexican avocado dip recipe

Creamy Avocado Dip

Gluten free and vegan

“Another dinner success! This was surprisingly tasty. I honestly passed this up thinking “eh” but then my friends had a fiesta dinner and I was dying for an excuse not to eat their steak or ground beef tacos so I made the refried beans for my tacos. Tonight I made the avocado sauce and pickled onions with it….YUM. And super easy!!” – Erin

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Raw Beet Salad with Carrot, Quinoa & Spinach in bowls

Colorful Beet Salad with Carrot, Quinoa & Spinach

Gluten free and vegan

“This could be THE best salad I have ever made. I have a vegan friend who I am always trying to find interesting recipes for and she also loved it. I made it exactly as per your recipe apart from adding a mixture of toasted almond flakes and pumpkins seeds.” – Heather

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Blueberry Almond Crisp recipe (gluten free)

Blueberry Almond Crisp

Gluten free and easily vegan (see recipe notes)

“This was delicious, served with vanilla ice cream and topped leftovers with some plain yogurt. Such a simple dessert!” – Lindsay

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Cherry Couscous & Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Cherry Couscous & Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Easily gluten free and easily vegan (see recipe notes)

“Just had this for dinner and it was just as amazing as it looked!” – Kate

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best cucumber salad recipe

Gaby’s Cucumber Salad

Gluten free and vegan

“Made this immediately last night and loved it – my daughter as well! Quick and easy for when you get home from work – served alongside pasta.” – Connie

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Green Beans

This green bean salad recipe is epic! Learn the best way to cook green beans, and get the recipe at cookieandkate.com

Green Bean Salad with Toasted Almonds & Feta

Gluten free and easily vegan (skip the feta)

“Incredible! Made this last night and absolutely loved it – it was so fresh, easy to prepare, and satisfying. I served it warm and the combo of tart lemon, crunchy almonds, and salty feta was spot on. This one is definitely going into my weekly rotation – thanks for another winner, Kate!” – Sarah

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This simple quinoa salad is perfect for packed lunches! cookieandkate.com

Sun-Dried Tomato, Spinach and Quinoa Salad

Gluten free and vegan

“Another awesome recipe! I made this the other day and loved it. The next had some left overs so had a avocado I needed to eat so I cut it up and threw it on top and wow! This is going to be on my favorite list for sure.” – Christine

More spinach recipes » (also arugula)


The best basil pesto recipe—learn all my tricks here! cookieandkate.com

Classic Pesto

Gluten free and easily vegan

“Got a big bunch of basil from my farm co-op, so I made this yesterday from your cookbook, and froze it in an ice-cube tray. Now I have delicious little pesto cubes to add to soup, roasted veggies, and probably everything else! Today I’m going to try the same with leftover cilantro, parsley, maybe some arugula, and toasted pepitas.” – Jeanne

More basil recipes » (also cilantro and dill)


Super versatile kale salad recipe with an amazing green tahini salad dressing - cookieandkate.com

Anything-Goes Kale Salad with Green Tahini Dressing

Gluten free and vegan

“I made your “Everything goes Kale Salad with Green Tahini Dressing” last night for my daughter’s 25th birthday. I have never toasted pepitas before – and my daughters loved them! Both my daughters asked for your recipe -The salad looked beautiful and tasted delicious…” – Peg

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Super fresh and colorful mango salsa! cookieandkate.com

Fresh Mango Salsa

Gluten free and vegan

“This summer brought a bumper crop of mango to our Florida home, and I found this recipe online. Perfect for a women’s luncheon I was invited to. It was simple to make, looked beautiful and was delicious. Nearly every guest asked me for the recipe. I will definitely make this again.” – Vicky

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Almond sesame soba noodles with zucchini noodles - cookieandkate.com

Almond-Sesame Soba Zoodles with Quick-Pickled Veggies

Easily gluten free and easily vegan

“This was such a quick and easy meal to make! The pickles really balance the sauce and the noodles – and the sauce is so delicious. Thank you for sharing this recipe!” – Maya

More radish recipes »


Gluten-free strawberry rhubarb cake - cookieandkate.com

Almond Cake with Roasted Strawberries & Rhubarb

Gluten free

“I have made this cake 3 times now. Once with apple, raspberry and rhubarb. Twice with strawberrys and rhubarb. It’s so simple. I have all the ingredients in my cupboard and it whips up in minutes so I can throw it together between preparing the main meal and surprise everyone. A great insight Kate to do the fruit separate. It means I can keep it for a few days and just top it as I like. The flavour is delicate and lovely. I have shared with many of my friends.” – Molly

More rhubarb recipes »


arugula strawberry salad recipe

Colorful Strawberry Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I did not believe it was possible to crave a salad until I ate this! It’s the BEST salad in the whole world, hands down. The dressing is also perfection!” – Rebecca B.

More strawberry recipes »

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