There are few things we love more than admiring a handful of ripe berries plumply basking in the warmth of an early-summer sun. Well, aside from using said handful (or two…) in a summery dish. Peak-season strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are our muses in this collection, and their dribbling, vibrant sweetness shine in both suburb desserts and savory offerings.
Vibrant, red strawberries play nicely in this swooningly sweet cake that gets its golden color from a dose of coarse, brown turbinado sugar. The cake bakes up and around the berries creating a strawberry “tunnel” inside.
Get the Recipe: Strawberry Buttermilk Cake
Farro (aka wheat berries) and blueberries make an unlikely but fantastically fresh team in this bright salad. The flavors bounce from sweet to spicy with ingredients ranging from maple syrup to cumin. Though unusual, trust us on these combinations—your potluck guests will thank you.
Get the Recipe: Blueberry Farro Salad
Granita is an incredibly simple frozen treat perfect for when you're watching your figure or just craving a sweet summertime cool down. This fruit-fueled recipe calls for just 5 simple ingredients and the blueberries can be easily swapped for strawberries, blackberries or raspberries.
Get the Recipe: Blueberry Granita
Crumbles are the heavenly link between cobblers and crisps. Topped with a buttery streusel, our crumble features a sweet blueberry filling with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. If you're not big on blueberries, no worries, because like many others on our list, this recipe is great with just about any summertime fruit.
Get the Recipe: Blueberry Crumble
Light, creamy and chilled to perfection, this no-churn ice cream dessert is the stuff of summertime daydreams—frozen for hours and plated as a generous slice, then painted with fresh raspberry compote. With only a few delicate ingredients, including pre-made meringue cookies and the slightest hint of vanilla, meringue cream should be enjoyed within 24 hours—the easiest part of an easy recipe.
Get the Recipe: Frozen Meringue Cream with Raspberry Compote
A welcome dessert at picnics and garden-party potlucks, this colorful pie is bursting with sweet blueberries and tart rhubarb. Serve with a generous scoop of our homemade vanilla ice cream and you will never leave an event with leftovers.
Get the Recipe: Blueberry Rhubarb Pie
This salad with asparagus, goat cheese and bright raspberries is an amazing combination of fresh flavors and textures. It's the kind of salad that celebrates all that's good about the season and only requires a light, silky coating of extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic for a dressing.
Get the Recipe: Greens with Asparagus and Raspberries
It’s not a cobbler, or a crumble, or even a grunt, but this pastry-topped fruit casserole is a close and delicious relation. Filled with ripe blackberries, this slump is simple to throw together and perfectly sweet.
Get the Recipe: Blackberry Slump
Grab your biggest cast-iron skillet for these juicy, bone-in pork chops. The sweet-and-sour strawberry-onion jam can be made a day or two ahead and stored in the refrigerator. When you're ready, plate the chops with a spoonful of jam, fresh herbs and not much else to achieve a beautifully rustic finish.
Get the Recipe: Skillet Pork Chops with Strawberry Onion Jam
Here's a real beauty of a cake built to carry you through these berry-filled months. Tucked between two layers of light cinnamon cake is homemade whipped cream and fresh blackberries—which we think can be easily substituted for juicy raspberries or strawberries depending on what's bountiful at the grocery store.
Get the Recipe: Cinnamon Cake with Blackberries
There are no artificial flavorings or dyes in these pretty cupcakes—they get their sweet (but not too sweet) taste from pureed fresh strawberries. And that goes for the frosting too. The pink cream cheese icing gets a pastel hue from a few tablespoons of strawberry jam
Get the Recipe: Strawberry Cupcakes
These one-bite hors d’oeuvres combine sweet strawberries with ricotta and bit of goat cheese. A sprinkle of cracked black pepper and drizzle of olive oil lend a savory finish. Make sure to choose a slender baguette, about 2-inches in diameter, to maintain their perfectly bite-sized quality.
Get the Recipe: Strawberry Party Bites
This perfectly moist lemon bread will become a go-to easy favorite. Fresh blueberries burst with flavor and nutrition, while the addition of cream cheese adds just the right amount of richness. Good for all occasions—a slice-and-go breakfast, afternoon snack, or light dessert.
Get the Recipe: Quick Lemon Blueberry Bread
Who can resist a salad topped with fresh summer berries and creamy goat cheese? Better yet, who would try? Finished with a sprinkling of crunchy walnuts and tossed in homemade Dijon vinaigrette, this mix is sweet and savory, yet light and healthy—perfect for bouncing back from a weekend of barbecue.
Get the Recipe: Super Simple Berry Good Salad
Peak-of-the-season summertime fruits are oftentimes sweet enough to be desserts all by themselves. But add a little sugar and a dusting of vanilla and that familiar sweetness will be brought to a whole new level.
Get the Recipe: Vanilla-Marinated Pineapple and Strawberries
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