15 Fun Fruit Recipes to Try This Summer
Summertime brings a bounty of fresh fruit. From ripe melons to delicate berries, you'll find a world of delicious options at your local farmers' market, grocery store, or maybe even growing in your own backyard garden. We've gathered up 15 sweet and savory summer fruit recipes that will make you thankful for the bounty of these hot months.
Grilling fruit caramelizes the natural sugars and gives each piece an extra depth of flavor you can't create in any other way. Here, cantaloupe is dressed in butter and honey before hitting the grill and being served with a sprinkling of fresh mint.
Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler
It's hard to go wrong with a classic. This old fashioned cobbler uses a whopping three pounds of peaches, all tucked in under a flaky crust.
Strawberry and Feta Salad
Sweet strawberries are balanced out with salty feta in this savory salad. Recipe creator Andrea Longo Policella says, "A guaranteed pleaser for any potluck or BBQ meal!"
Buckles are the best of summer desserts. Made with a larger amount of fruit than coffee cake, but with more buttery crumb than cobblers, it's the perfect way to show off fresh blueberries.
Chef John's Salmon Mango Bango
You'll never go back to plain salmon after trying this sweet and spicy mango relish with the rich and fatty fish. Best part? This impressive dinner is ready in just 30 minutes.
Crisp and sweet, pavlova is an egg whites-based dessert that's particularly popular in Australia and New Zealand. Use whipped cream and your favorite summer fruits to decorate the top.
Fresh Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Most pineapple upside down cakes rely on canned pineapple, but this recipe uses the fresh fruit instead. "This cake is very moist and has an excellent presentation," says reviewer Dea. "I just happened to have fresh pineapple in the house, but no actual juice, so I substituted orange juice, it was wonderful."
Watermelon Caprese Appetizer
Watermelon takes the place of tomatoes in this extra summery spin on caprese. Use this recipe to make appetizer bites, or toss the ingredients together for an impressive side salad.
Spicy Peach Chutney
Blackberry Mascarpone Tart with Thyme Shortbread Crust
Mascarpone, an Italian cream cheese, is a lightly sour and sweet addition to this tart filling. Recipe creator Kim's Cooking Now describes the recipe as, "Buttery shortbread with a hint of thyme, topped with a sweet mascarpone cream and a beautiful blackberry swirl. You'll be sure to impress your guests with this beautiful summer tart!"
White Peach Sangria
Get a double dose of peach flavor with this refreshing white sangria recipe. Peach flavored vodka infuses the cocktail while fresh peach slices are served up in each glass.
Watermelon Fire and Ice Salsa
"Juicy watermelon replaces tomatoes in this salsa that's simultaneously cool and spicy hot — perfect for a summer barbeque," says recipe creator Dawn Hardy. "Serve it with tortilla chips, or use it as a topping for grilled chicken or fish."
Thai Sweet Sticky Rice With Mango (Khao Neeo Mamuang)
A classic Thai dessert, short-grain rice is cooked in a sugary coconut sauce until sticky. A scoop is then served up with sweet mango slices for a beautiful presentation.
Low Carb Blackberry BBQ Sauce
If you're trying to avoid sugary barbeque sauce, then this is the perfect substitute. Fresh blackberries are blended together with tomato sauce, garlic, and spices to create a sweet and savory sauce that's perfect for grilled meats.
Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs
Skip canned pineapple and use the fresh fruit in this flavorful grilled recipe. The chicken is marinated in a salty soy-ginger sauce before grilling, imparting just the right balance for a sweet-savory pairing with pineapple.