Up your seasonal fruit game with these simple recipes.
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Nectarine-and-Burrata Salad
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Saying hello to summer also means saying hello to a plethora of fruit. While a juicy bundle of grapes or fresh wedge of watermelon is excellent straight out of the fridge, take your fruit game up a notch by using your favorite summer fruits in easy, creative recipes that celebrate the season's bounty at its best.

Whether cooked or just paired with other excellent, raw ingredients, these easy summer fruit recipes—think appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and more—will make the upcoming hot days even more delicious. Keep reading for some mealtime inspiration!

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Creamy Mango Smoothie
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1 Creamy Mango Smoothie

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The most humid of days can be cured with a good mango, and this chilly mango smoothie makes even the muggiest of summer afternoons bearable. Keep some seasonal summer mangos in stock to blend this up when the craving hits.

Raspberry Crumb Bars
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2 Raspberry-Almond Crumb Bars

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In just 10 minutes, you can prep your own fruit-filled snack bars to grab and go throughout the week. Use your own homemade jam, or grab a fresh jar to bring out the raspberry flavor.

Green Gazpacho With Grapes, Honeydew, and Cucumber
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3 Green Gazpacho With Grapes

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A relish of honeydew, cucumber, and green grapes (a summer must!) make this cold soup recipe even more refreshing and bright. Pack it for a festive summer lunch or serve it as a refreshing dinner.

Grilled Cantaloupe and Prosciutto Skewers
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4 Grilled Cantaloupe Prosciutto Skewers

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Cured meat and melon are an excellent duo, especially when they're paired together on a stick. Whip up these skewers as a treat to yourself after a long summer day, or have them in the fridge ready to grill mid-way through an outdoor summer party.

Watermelon Salad with Pickled Rind
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5 Watermelon Salad With Pickled Rind

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For those who just toss the watermelon rind, this salad may be a revelation! It's sweet, juicy, crisp, and crunchy, and even a little salty and bitter, thanks to the pickled rind.

Nectarine Burrata Salad
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6 Nectarine and Burrata Salad

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Creamy cheese and stone fruits are always a good idea, and this easy salad with just a hint of acidity proves it. The nut topping adds a nice crunch too!

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Pluot and Cucumber Tabbouleh

7 Pluot Tabbouleh

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A futuristic cross between a plum and an apricot, pluots are truly special hybrids. This simple tabbouleh recipe gets brightness from chunks of pluot, which is great with grilled meats or on its own.

Spiced Chicken Salad With Plums and Chickpeas
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8 Spiced Chicken Salad With Plums and Chickpeas

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A spiced yogurt dressing is the key to this super unique chicken salad with pops of summer plums and legumes. Serve it on crackers or toast, or make it a full meal in a big bowl.

Fancy Tomato Sandwiches
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9 Fancy Tomato Sandwiches

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Perhaps the best fruit of the season, late summer tomatoes are worth waiting for, and celebrating in recipes that let their juiciness shine. The tomatoes do all the work in these fancy sandwiches, you just have to enjoy them.

Honeydew Blackberry Sundaes
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10 Honeydew Blackberry Ice Cream Sundaes

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Upgrade your typical ice cream sundae with this summer fruit-forward recipe. Melon balls on ice cream scoops are a brilliant idea, and even make your dessert a little healthier!

Cherries Jubilee
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11 Cherries Jubilee

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A fun and fancy name for candied cherries, these cherries are cooked in butter, sugar, and a little brandy. If you've got any summer cherries in the produce drawer that may have gotten too soft, this is a great way to use 'em up. Serve them over ice cream or Greek yogurt, or just spoon them up solo as a sweet summer treat.

Frozen Strawberry Trifle
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12 Frozen Strawberry Trifle

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This freezer dessert is always a showstopper at a party, but it can also be an at-home indulgence for one or two if you wish. It keeps in the freezer for days, if not weeks, so you can make this trifle with your fresh summer strawberries and have dessert ready to go whenever you want.

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Peach Crisp
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13 Peach Crisp

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That first day you see ripe peaches for sale in summer? A big win! Make this crisp to savor your first peaches of the season. And all the peaches that follow, too...

Blueberry Cobbler
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14 Blueberry Cobbler

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Summer blueberries are truly the greatest, and the best way to honor these little orbs of juiciness is in a cobbler. Serve this version à la mode with French vanilla ice cream for the most decadence.