By Leslie Kelly

Explore the savory side of sweet cherries.

Say cherries, and the image of a glorious pie is likely to pop into most people's imaginations, causing mouths to water. But beyond the wonderful world of cherry desserts, there's a savory side to this incredible summer fruit. Their juicy tartness turns out to be just the contrasting flavor to showcase all sorts of ingredients, from poultry to hearty whole grains. You could totally make a cherry-centric meal from these popular recipes.

Related: See our entire collection of sweet or savory cherry recipes.

Winning with Chicken

Tuck 'em inside or ladle them on top, cherries are a natural partner for succulent chicken. If you've never tried the combo, we guarantee you'll be flying high on the wings of success on your first attempt.

Watch the video and try this recipe for Prosciutto-Wrapped Cherry-Stuffed Chicken Breasts:

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Porky Perfection

If you're a fan of the time-honored salty-sweet match-ups, these dishes are calling your name. Watch the video and try this recipe for Cocoa-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Sauce.

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Super Cool Salads

When it comes to tossing greens and fruit, apples and pears get a lot of the action. Consider cherries for a change of pace. Not only are they gorgeous, those juicy treats are loaded with antioxidants, making salads extra healthy.

Try this recipe for Cherry Farro Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette.

Photo by France C.

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Cherries and Vegetables

This Cheeky Cherry Acorn Squash might seem to be edging into autumn, but it's still an inspired way to bring more cherries to the dinner table, no matter what the season.

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