31 Things To Upgrade Your Summer Fruit & Veggie Game

31 Things To Upgrade Your Summer Fruit & Veggie Game

All the gadgets and toppings you need to give your summer fruits and veggies a real “I ordered this from room service” vibe.

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1.

A bottle of avocado hot sauce to both delight and emotionally confuse your tastebuds with the combo of creamy avo + HEAT on all your summer salads.


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The question is less what can you put it on and more what *can’t* you put it on. Reviewers mention that beyond salads and vegetables, it goes well with burritos, eggs, burgers, sandwiches, and steak. Psst — this is also keto-friendly and gluten-free!

Promising review: “So good. Favorable and just a mild hot, it’s really good on anything that needs a little something — eggs, beans and rice, etc. Not a ‘hot sauce’ as much as a flavor enhancer. And, name aside, not really avocado in flavor; the avocado base just provides a little creamier, smoother, richer base for the spiciness. I can see people who don’t like avocados still liking this sauce.” —Jennifer

Get it from Amazon for $11.89 (also available in Mango and Original flavor).


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Psst — you can definitely get this at Trader Joe’s for less money, but if you’re finding it hard to get to a TJ’s right now or just plain don’t live near one, this is a good way to grab some!

Promising review: “Wow! Buy this. Just stop reading reviews and buy it now. Makes any dish better. I bought this over a week ago and have since used it on avocado toast, roasted veggies, crisped chickpeas, potato soup, grilled fish … just about everything!!! So delicious and no chemicals — just pure seasoning. 6 stars!” —agora1031

Get it from Amazon for $8.72.

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An avocado slicer to make slicing so easy and ~aesthetically pleasing~ that you won’t be able to resist the siren song of posting it to Instagram.


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This three-in-one tool can split an avocado with its pointy tip, remove the pit with its center, and make perfectly even slices with the bottom — a much safer alternative to using a regular knife and potential falling prey to the dreaded “avocado hand.

Promising review: “Avocado? Yes, Please! This tool is awesome. Easy to cut open the fruit. Pit remover works well, just push onto the pit and give it a twist, and the pit pops right out. The best part is the slicer. Makes beautiful slices for a great presentation. The tool can then be used to scrape any remaining fruit out of the skin. Really happy I bought this tool!” —NPR Man

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

4.

A beginner-friendly fermenting kit complete with everything you need to “set it and forget it,” so you can serve yourself lil’ sides of pickled things with your dishes like a fancy farm-to-table restaurant.


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Each kit comes with three fermenting lids with airlock valves, date setters, and an easy release tab, as well as an oxygen extractor. The lids are compatible with most wide mouth mason jars (you can snag four Ball mason jars on Amazon for $12.82).

Promising review: “I have now been using my Easy Fermenter for several months. I continue to be delighted with the results. My favorite recipes are a cabbage/carrot sauerkraut, and a blend of fermented peppers (some sweet, some hot). I have recommended these fermenting lids to many of my friends because they make fermenting foods so incredibly easy! You will NOT be disappointed.” —K. Dixon

Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

5.

A pineapple cutter that will peel, core, and slice up your fruit in a matter of seconds, so you can stop ~pining~ for your pineapple and start adding it to your dishes for an unexpected tangy twist.


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Promising review: “This has worked exactly as advertised and as everyone reviewing it says. I can’t believe how easy it is. I’m eating pineapples all the time now instead of buying them and throwing them away in a week because I’m too lazy to cut them.” —RR

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

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A collection of teensy fruit and vegetable cut-outs, so you can live inside a Pinterest post and eat it, too. Plus, you use the cut out bits from one fruit to wedge another fruit into it, like fruit-ception!


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People also use this to make pie crusts extra cute 🥧.

Promising review: “These are cute little tools that every parent should have in their arsenal! My toddler is pretty good at eating veggies but these help make it even more exciting. They are small — maybe about the size of a quarter — so she can easily use them to cut cucumbers, peppers, cheese, or various other things. The slightly larger one could even make cute little sandwiches. We make veggie puzzles so she eats both the cut out and what’s left. They are also fun to use if you want to make a salad more festive or any other meal. They can go in the dishwasher or you can just rinse them in the sink.” —Ali

Get them from Amazon for $10.99.

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A TikTok-famous Peach Cobbler Seasoning that you’ve definitely seen before if you’re following performer and vegan foodie influencer Tabitha Brown — she used this on her vegan peach biscuits video last month and it is the stuff of dessert daydreams.

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A small but mighty air fryer that can cook and bake so many different fruit and veggie dishes using the power of rapid air technology that it’ll spoil you for other methods of cooking forever, and possibly make your family beg you to stop so the house will stop smelling like Brussels sprouts*.


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*This caption based on a true story. Legit, though, I got this air fryer and I feel like a princess now because I roast tomatoes in it for a quick 10 minutes with my eggs every morning and it makes me feel like I’m eating hotel room service. I also use it for aforementioned Brussels sprouts, for baked apples with cinnamon, and even once put orange rings covered in olive oil in there and it was basically Christmas in my mouth.

Promising review: “This item is a lifesaver. On hot days when I do t want to turn on the oven, I just pop items in the air fryer. It’s fast, convenient, and cute. I have made chicken wings, jalapeno poppers, pizza rolls, chicken thighs, vegetables, and much more. It’s very versatile. This would be perfect for a college dorm or a single person.” —Ellie

Get it from Amazon for $43.99 (available in four colors).

9.

A bottle of Mike’s Hot Honey, so you can add a pinch of sweet and a kick of spice to all your fruit and veggie sides. Reviewers mention putting it on everything from Brussels sprouts to bananas to apples.


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Promising review: “This stuff is seriously amazing! So delicious, and so versatile! So far we’ve loved it in cocktails (as is or made into a simple syrup), it pairs amazing with goat cheese on toast or crostini, and it ups the flavor on your summertime fruit salad! It’s also amazing on fried chicken, with some butter on biscuits, and on any kind of pizza! There are so many delicious uses, and it really does pack a kick. This is something we will definitely be keeping stocked up in the pantry from now on!” —Rachel

Check out BuzzFeed’s review of Mike’s Hot Honey for more info!

Get it from Amazon for $9.49.

10.

A veggie spiralizer and chopper with five different thickness settings, so you can make your meals all the more colorful (or just find an excuse to say the word “zoodle” more often).


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You can use this on veggies like carrots, zucchini, squash, beets, cucumbers, and even — gasp! — potatoes. Shoestring fry bliss.

Promising review: “I love this little machine! So easy to use, my kids did it! It is very safe. No more nipping my fingers on my other spiraling, right. It is so organized with the labels of which blade you want to use! I would definitely recommend this product.” —Katie

Get it from Amazon for $26.85.

11.

A jar of Honey Apple Salsa for veggie dipping, with the spiciness balanced by the unexpected crunch and sweetness of apples 🍎.


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KYVAN is a Black-owned food brand established by NFL pro Reggie Kelly in 2011 that specializes in salsa, sauces, seasonings, and jams and jellies. You can check out KYVAN’s line at Walmart for more selections, like their Honey Apple Butter.

Promising review: “This salsa is so good! We use it on everything, from eggs on the morning to spaghetti for dinner. Sweet and tasty! You will love it.” —Foodielover

Psst — you can also also use this on burgers, eggs, tacos, chips, and sooooo much more.

Get a two-pack from Walmart for $8.52.

12.

An elegant fruit basket with a banana hanger, so you can have all your summer fruit out and visible and your bananas and apples can’t be like, “SURPRISE! You waited too long to eat me, and I secretly rotted in this opaque bowl.”


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Promising review: “As the only organized person in a family full of living tornados, the ‘fruit situation’ was next on my list to get under control. This nice-looking basket has allowed us to go from ugly plastic bags of fruit strewn about the kitchen, to a centralized, easily accessible location. The basket is pretty sturdy; the banana hook assembly flexes a bit but has held up the bananas with no problem. Fruit seems to breathe well in the open-air design. Exactly what I was looking for!” —moleculebear

Get it from Amazon for $18.87.

13.

A teensy electric ice cream maker you can use to make fruit-based “ice creams” with yogurt, or even turn fruit smoothies into the consistency of ice cream for a ~summer treat~.


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Promising review: “I absolutely love this little machine. I like to make a smoothie with some frozen component (like fruit or ice) so my ‘batter’ is nice and cold or else it doesn’t firm up as well. I let it churn while I’m doing the dishes and it’s usually about ready by the time I’m cleaned up. It does take the 24 hours to rechill the container as stated, so I had to buy a second one so I could be sure to have one available every day! This is definitely one of my most favorite appliances ever!” —Sarah

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

14.

A four-person combo raclette grill to elevate your grilled veggie experience like whoa — on the top you can cook small amounts of veggies, meat, and seafood, while on the bottom you can melt gobs of glorious cheese to accompany them. It’s basically like the Melting Pot, but you don’t have to put on pants.


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It’s divided four ways, so so everyone has their own lil’ mini raclette pan full of cheese or sauce.

Promising review: “Very cute little raclette, perfect for a dinner for two or for four. It is hot enough for both using the top plate for e.g. meat or bread and the pans for melting raclette cheese. Just give it 15 minutes prior to your cookout to let it heat up. Some people complained about too much distance between the heating element and the pans. We actually find it completely the opposite way. Finally a raclette where you don’t have to worry all the time about the cheese touching the heating element which would create a terrible burnt smell. I’ve used a handful of eight people raclettes in my life when I was still living in Europe and this one competes on function without any doubt. Even has a temperature control. It is also very easy to clean. Would definitely buy it again.” —Michael Falk

Get it from Amazon for $35.99.

15.

An orange peeler that will spare your poor fingernails the “ick” of hand peeling (and pulling orange remnants out of them for the next hour) by quickly slicing through the skin.


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Each order comes with five long orange peelers, five short ones with a hole for your finger, and five short ones with a hole for two fingers, depending on which you prefer. They also work on lemons, grapefruits, and limes!

Promising review: “Love oranges but hate getting the peel under your fingernails when you try to get the peel started? You will love these peelers! They are wonderful for starting the peel and slices the skin of an orange, making it extremely easy to peel your oranges. I like the long peeler, while my seven year-old daughter likes the one with the single hole.” —frankfromNJ

Get a set of 15 from Amazon for $5.99.

16.

A silicone baking mat for your sheet pan, so you can roast big batches of veggies with all your favorite sauces and seasonings without worrying about your pans (or wasting parchment paper).


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Promising review: “I like to do what I can to reduce my carbon footprint but I don’t want to make my life unnecessarily difficult or ineffective. These mats allow me to eliminate the use of foil or parchment paper on my baking sheets, thereby saving money and being that much less potential product in the landfill. So far I have baked breadsticks and roasted vegetables on them, and they work like a charm. The heat distribution is great and they’re nonstick without using spray or oil. If I had a complaint, it would be that they’re a little hard to clean by hand due to how bendy and flexible they are and the fact that oil and grease seems to want to stick to it like a magnet. It isn’t a big deal, though, and I’ll be buying more of these.” —Michelle Daniels

Get a set of two from Amazon for $13.99.

17.

A ghost pepper and blueberry hot sauce, because honestly, I dare any vegetable to taste “boring” after you dip it in this.


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Promising review: “My husband LOVES spicy food and it’s difficult to find a hot sauce that isn’t just vinegary and peppery. I bought him this on a whim and he loves it! It’s sweet, but very hot and he puts it on everything!” —World Market Customer

Get it from World Market for $5.99.

18.

A watermelon slicer that is, TBH, much safer and more efficient than using a regular knife to hack away at your fruit (and Harry Styles would want you to protect your fingers while getting on that “Watermelon Sugar” high).


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Reviewers note that you should follow the instructions when using this — namely that you have to cut off a bit at the top before you try to core it!

Promising review: “This is amazing! My dad loves watermelon and insists on cutting it with a giant butcher’s knife, sure fine but now that he’s gotten older his hand shakes uncontrollably. This brilliant little invention has saved me anxiety and finger reattachment surgery! Hooray for this watermelon cutter thingy!!!” —Olivebean

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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Or a silicone watermelon cutter to get perfectly-sized square bits of watermelon in seconds, so every time you pop one in your mouth you can feel like they got served to you poolside.


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Psst — you can also use this on cantaloupe!

Promising review: “Wow is this the greatest invention for watermelon ever or what? I love watermelon, it’s my absolute favorite summertime treat, but cutting it can make such a mess and can be wasteful as well. But not anymore. This handy dandy little device changes all that. Makes slicing watermelon quick and is virtually effortless. Plus it cubes the watermelon as it cuts. Cleanup is a simple rinse under the faucet and that’s it. Literally could not be easier to use. It is the perfect tool for cutting and cubing your watermelon all at once. AND it’s very inexpensive. Best kitchen tool I’ve seen in a long time. Also works for cantaloupe as well!!!” —jimdevo

Get it from Amazon for $14.47.

20.

A creamy roasted garlic aioli made with the teensiest touch of mustard to add a little extra ~oomph~ to pretty much every type of vegetable on your dinner plate.


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I am currently in possession of a jar of this aioli, and I’m obsessed with dipping asparagus in it and using a teensy bit on my salad dressing to give it some extra depth. A running list of things I have put it on also include a burger, a baked potato, a pork chop, a grilled cheese, fries, and if I have some leftover on my plate without anything to dip it in, literal air. You can read my full and aggressive review of the Roasted Garlic Aioli for more details. My blood is 90% garlic aioli at the moment.

Get it from Stonewall Kitchen for $7.50.

21.

A personal blender so you’ll never have an excuse to waste old berries that aren’t living their best life anymore — pop them in here for a quick, delicious smoothie. PLUS this saves you an extra step by blending it in a portable cup you can drink it from.


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Promising review: “This blender works very well for my needs. It effortlessly blends frozen banana, frozen berries, spinach and even kale. This actually works better than a magic bullet I’ve used in the past.” —Lyndsey Teree

Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in five colors).

22.

A rotating potato peeler that will peel and pare an entire potato in a mere ten seconds — not to mention other fruits and veggies like cucumbers, zucchinis, eggplant, sweet potatoes, lemons, limes, and apples.


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Promising review: “This cute little gadget has saved me from a lot of hand pain. I’ve had reconstructive surgery on my wrist which makes peeling anything very hard for me. It’s a little lightweight which worried me, but first time out I did two bushels of apples with it. My only complaint (a small one) is it doesn’t get the top and bottom of the apple, but with a couple of swipes with my veggie peeler I’m done. It makes clean up a breeze too. I set it on the edge of a cutting board and put a plastic bag under the edge of it to catch all the peelings. Then you just rinse it off and put it away for next time. If you have any arthritis or hand issues I strongly suggest this and you can’t beat the price.” —Annie W.

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

23.

A strawberry and tomato stem huller – it’s super fast, easy to use, and helps eliminate waste from when you slice them with a knife and there’s still a yummy tippy top part that doesn’t get eaten.


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Reviewers say this also works great on mini bell peppers!

Promising review: “Love my strawberries, not so big on cleaning them. This device removes the hull quickly, and you waste less of strawberry meaning more of the berry for me.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

24.

A basbaas sauce that can complement preeeetty much any veggie dish or salad you throw at it, and comes in two varieties: Coconut Cilantro Chutney and Tamarind Date Sauce. Each has a unique flavor profile, and is also vegan, gluten-free, and made with organic ingredients.


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Basbaas is a Seattle-based, Black-owned business with a name derived from the Somali term for chili, and sauces that “embody the bold flavors of Somali cuisine with a uniquely American twist.”

Get both from Basbaas: the Coconut Cilantro Chutney for $9.99 and the Tamarind Date Sauce for $9.99.

25.

A pair of herb scissors with five blades, so you can have fresh! garden! herbs!!! in all your salads and sprinkled on all your favorite dishes, with so little effort that you’ll be whipping this out out three times a day.


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Promising review: “I like to grow herbs and use them in salads, soups, and many other recipes. I received these Jenaluca Herb Scissors as a birthday gift, and can’t believe how fast and easy it is to cut up cilantro, basil, parsley, lovage, etc. My husband tried them today too for the first time while making guacamole, and found that slicing the cilantro went very quickly. The storage case-cleaner is very efficiently designed too. I ordered four of these sets to give as gifts.” —Lucille P. Nawara

Get it from Amazon for $14.87.

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A rapid grape, strawberry, and tomato cutter so you can safely get perfect halves for any genre of salad you’re consuming this summer, whether it’s a straight up fruit one or a traditional veggie one.


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You can also use this to safely cut bagels and slices of meats that you’re trying to cut through the middle of!

Promising review: “This item is the best kitchen helper. First time using it I was apprehensive about it really working, but it works like a charm. Put my tomatoes in first literally slicing them immediately, then my green olives…perfect. I know I will be making more salads and healthy veggie trays with this food cutter.” —Cynthia

Get it from Amazon for $12.49.

27.

A produce-saver storage container designed to keep your fruits and veggies fresh way longer, so you can finally stop surrendering to the race against time when your summer produce goes bad faster than you can finish it.


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Promising review: “I’ve been using this container for a number of months and decided it’s finally time to write a review. We eat a lot of broccoli and I used to find myself running to the grocery store every few days to get another head of broccoli. With the safer-at-home guidelines in place I’ve had to reduce my grocery store visits to once every seven to 10 days. I am sure glad I have this container because I can put two, sometimes three, heads of broccoli inside and they last the entire time between shopping trips. Previously they wouldn’t last that long.” —Amazon Customer

Read BuzzFeed’s review of these “miracle” produce containers for more deets.

Get it from Amazon for $12.53 (available in various sizes and sets).

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Or a set of reusable produce-saving bags for those larger grocery hauls where you have a lot more greens to protect.


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Promising review: “Now that we are in the COVID-19 pandemic and supplies are harder to get, I have gone back to using these GreenBags to keep my produce fresh longer. They definitely help keep food fresh longer.” —Lyn

Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $7.99 (available in four sizes).

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A milk chocolate sea salt caramel sauce you can heat up and drizzle aaaaalll over your ridiculously ripe summer berries and peaches.


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You can also use this as an ice cream topping or hot chocolate mix-in, if you don’t finish it this summer and need a lil’ cold weather inspo.

Get it from Stonewall Kitchen for $7.99.

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A vegan-friendly, gluten-free Ghana Supreme Sauce Marinade that comes in both mild and medium spice levels, and is so versatile it can be used as a salsa, marinara, cocktail sauce, *and* dipping sauce.


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Ghana Supreme Sauce is made with fresh tomatoes, peppers, onions, and ginger, based on the family’s recipe from Ghana that has been passed down for six generations. You can get more inspo for everything you can use this uniquely textured and flavored marinade on from the Micah Specialty Foods Instagram account, which includes everything from kebabs to kielbasa to pierogies.

Get it from Micah Specialty Foods: the Mild for $10, and the Medium for $12.

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An Instant Pot pre-programmed so you can add a ton of delicious sides to your repertoire, including veggies that have been steamed to *chef’s kiss* perfection.


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Promising review: “Who needs a kitchen anymore? To say that I love my Instant Pot is an understatement. I’ve had it for only two weeks and I swear I haven’t touched my stove or pans. So easy to use and so many functions. You can sauté meat, make hard-boiled eggs, perfect rice and beans, steam vegetables in a matter of minutes. The Instant Pot community is large and there are always recipes to be shared. So simple to use and clean. I’ve made anything from perfectly hard-boiled eggs whose shells just fall off on their own, to soups, Mongolian beef and spaghetti! I am so glad I jumped in the Instant Pot bandwagon and cannot wait to purchase accessories in the future to make cheesecake and other things.” —yestfl

Get it from Amazon for $79 (available in two sizes).

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