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5 July recipes

Published: July 2, 2021 at 12:45 pm
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Be inspired to make the most of July's best ingredients, from fresh flat-leaf parsley to firm mackerel and sweet tomatoes

Want to know what’s in season in July? Looking for July recipe ideas? Use firm mackerel, sweet tomatoes from the garden and fresh flat-leaf parsley from your local greengrocer to make these seasonal dishes and bakes. We’ve included plenty of tips for how to shop for particular varieties, prepping guides and useful ideas to use up leftovers.

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Flat-leaf parsley

Also known as Italian parsley, it has a much softer leaf than curly parsley and is often preferred for use in salads and as an ingredient. Don’t forget to use the thin stems – they’re packed with parsley flavour and come with a pleasing crunch.

Parsley and pomegranate salad

Parsley doesn't always have to be just a garnish – here, it's the hero of a summery salad made with the freshest, greenest leaves.

A round white serving plate of green leaves and red pomegranate seeds, sat on a folded piece of white linen

Mackerel

Known for its shiny, iridescent skin, mackerel is a fish high in natural fats and omega-3 fatty acids. Mackerel spoils quickly, so look for really fresh, firm fish or fillets with shiny, not matte, skin.

Spanish mackerel

This simple recipe makes great use of storecupboard staples like chickpeas, tinned tomatoes and 'nduja. The parsley sauce is perfect for putting wilting parsley leaves or leftover stalks to good use.

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Chillies

There are more than 200 varieties of chilli, all varying in colour, heat and size, and originating in South and Central America. The chillies for this recipe are the usual red and green ones available in supermarkets – they have a fresh chilli flavour without too much heat.

Chilli chicken

This is a take on an Indo-Chinese classic using juicy chicken thighs. It's spicy, sweet and deeply savoury – everything you want from a meal.

Silver pan of chicken and chillies on a rustic wooden board

Tomatoes

All tomatoes originate in South and Central America, and were brought to Europe in the 16th century by the Spanish. Since then they’ve become the cornerstone of many European and Asian cuisines. Sweet, sour, floral – tomatoes provide so much flavour.

Tomato chutney

This is the perfect recipe to use up a glut of ripe summer tomatoes and is a great accompaniment to a cheeseboard.

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Tomato and red pepper soup

Soup isn't just for winter – this summery tomato and red pepper soup makes a great lunch on a warm day and will use up that glut of tomatoes from the garden, too.

two bowls of red soup scattered with basil leaves and sat on folded linen napkins with chinks of crusty bread

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