Fresh Garden Recipes With 5 Ingredients Or Less

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Need some simple recipes that you can whip up with only a few ingredients and using your fresh garden produce? Here are some fresh garden recipes using 5 ingredients or less!

Need some simple recipes that you can whip up with only a few ingredients and using your fresh garden produce? Here are some fresh garden recipes using 5 ingredients or less!

Garden Recipes With 5 Ingredients or Less

I do not love cooking in the summer. Summer heat + no air conditioning makes my kitchen feel like a sauna and brings my appetite way down. We love munching on all of the fresh garden goodness though!

I’m all about simple and to the point meals during this time so that’s why I came up with this list that I think you might be able to use too! All of these yummy garden recipes are made with 5 ingredients or less. (Not including salt and pepper.)



Tomatoes are my favorite garden plant to grow. There is nothing that can beat the taste of a fresh from the garden tomato! Here are some yummy tomato recipes with 5 ingredients or less. (Learn how to freeze tomatoes here.)

Parmesan Broiled Tomatoes
Cheesy Baked Tomatoes
Baked Tomatoes with Feta, Olive Oil and Fresh Basil
Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Salt
Fried Green Tomatoes
Homemade Salsa
Caprese Crostini Skewers
Homemade Pico De Gallo
One Minute Salsa

And find my recipes for Using Green Tomatoes here.


Green Beans

Green Beans are always in abundance starting in July and August and they can get boring pretty fast. Here are a few yummy green bean recipes to try! (And you can learn how I freeze green beans too!)

Green Beans with Walnuts & Balsamic
Pecan Glazed Green Beans
Oven Roasted Parmesan Green Beans
Garden Fresh Green Beans with Lemon & Nutmeg Dressing
Southern & Northern Style Green Beans
Asian Style Green Beans
Potatoes, Green Beans, and Chicken Sheet Pan
Old Fashioned Green Beans
Pickled Green Beans

Plus get more Fresh Green Bean recipes here!


Zucchini & Squash

I absolutely love zucchini and squash. For some reason, I just don’t get tired of it no matter how much my garden decides to produce! Here are some yummy meals you can make with it.

Stewed Zucchini and Summer Squash
Zucchini and Corn with Basil
Zucchini Cakes
Zucchini Summer Garden Fry
Skillet Squash
Sauteed Squash with Leeks

Get LOTS more zucchini recipes here!


Winter Squash

We enjoy growing winter squash because it keeps so long after the growing season is done!

Roasted Butternut Squash with Smoked Paprika and Turmeric
Baked Butternut Squash French Fries
Cheesy Spaghetti Squash
Maple Roasted Delicotta Rings

Learn how to cook winter squash here.



When I think of summer I always think of the smell and taste of a fresh garden cucumber. So yummy and so unlike the cucumbers you can get from the grocery store the rest of the year!

Cheesy Cucumber Bites
Creamy Cucumber Salad
Cucumber Feta Salad
Small Batch Pickles



Potatoes are another long keeper that grows well in our area. This year we are trying sweet potatoes for the first time too. (You can also learn how I can potatoes here.)

Sweet Potato Apple Recipe
Olive Oil Oven Baked Potatoes
Old Fashioned Scalloped Potatoes (this one has 6 ingredients but it’s worth it!)
Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Rosemary Potatoes



Cabbage is easy to grow as long as you don’t let the worms get to it. Cabbage salads are always so fresh and crisp tasting!

Garlic Roasted Purple Cauliflower and Cabbage
Frizzled Cabbage
Coleslaw from Scratch
Kielbasa Cabbage Stir Fry



I love growing beets because you can use both the greens and the roots! They also store well which make them a favorite in our garden. (although I’m partial to Golden Beets!)

Beet Greens with Rice Vinegar
Pickled Beets
Open Face Shaved Beet Sandwiches



Peppers are another garden staple! I’m not the biggest fan but my hubby loves them and they do make a good snack when eaten fresh too.

Peach Hatch Chili Pepper Jam
Fiesta Stuffed Mini Peppers
Jalapeno Pepper Jelly (6 ingredients but a must make!)


Greens & Herbs

Greens grow in abundance in our garden!

Kale Chips
Dried Kale
Dill Dip
Cherry Mint Water


Other Veggies

Of course, there is just about no limit to what you can grow in your garden…here are a few more veggies dishes that didn’t fit in the above categories!

Roasted Parmesan Brussel Sprouts
Roasted Cauliflower Black Bean Chicken Chili
Pan Fried Cauliflower Florets
Broccoli Salad
Fresh Broccoli Salad
Rustic Roasted Carrots
Roasted Rainbow Carrots
Honey Glazed Asparagus and Carrots with Pecans
Turnip Fritters

I’ll be adding to this list when I find more so make sure to bookmark and check it often! Share your favorite recipes with 5 ingredients or less in the comments section!

 What quick and easy meals are you making with your garden veggies this summer?


This post with Garden Recipes was originally posted on Little House Living in June 2015. It has been updated as of June 2020.

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  1. Happy birthday! Thanks for the recipes, I love waking up every Friday to your post, and the free ebooks. Enjoy your day.

  2. Mmmm, everything looks so yummy!!! I’m a tomato fiend and can eat them for months!! We love, love, love brussel sprouts at our house, and we make them with bacon, onions, and olive oil. We bake them until they caramelize- so good!!

  3. You had me at “5 ingredients!” All of these recipes sound fantastic. And DOABLE! This lil puppy is getting pinned as soon as I submit this comment!

    Thank you so much for sharing these recipes together for the domestically challenged folk like myself. #MeetUpMonday ?

  4. I love any recipe with less than 5 ingredients!! The baked tomatoes sound great & my husband would love the Roasted Parm Brussel Sprouts!

  5. yummy! Thank you for all these fresh veggie recipes! I am hoping to get some veggies from my own garden soon!

  6. We do love our fresh veggies in the summer I like the first recipe with the stuffed tomatoes. NO air conditioner? Ouch! We already have triple digits heat index here in the south, that’s rough. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday.

  7. My mom started me on making an easy dish with zucchini. Just saute onions in a large pan in a little butter (or a lot if you like) then add cubed zucchini & chopped up tomatoes (amounts don’t matter) and cook until zucchini is tender. Remove from heat and sprinkle liberally with grated cheese. Delicious!