14 Summer Fruits—and How to Cook With Them

Up your seasonal fruit game with these simple recipes.

Nectarine-and-Burrata Salad

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

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.

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Raspberry-Almond Crumb Bars

Raspberry Crumb Bars
Greg DuPree

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.

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Green Gazpacho With Grapes

Green Gazpacho With Grapes, Honeydew, and Cucumber
Greg DuPree

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.

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Grilled Cantaloupe Prosciutto Skewers

Grilled Cantaloupe and Prosciutto Skewers
Victor Protasio

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.

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Watermelon Salad With Pickled Rind

Watermelon Salad with Pickled Rind
Victor Protasio

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.

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Nectarine and Burrata Salad

Nectarine Burrata Salad
Greg DuPree

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 Tabbouleh

Pluot and Cucumber Tabbouleh

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.

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Spiced Chicken Salad With Plums and Chickpeas

Spiced Chicken Salad With Plums and Chickpeas
Garam masala—an Indian seasoning blend—lends warmth and complexity to this bright, juicy salad. Get the recipe for Spiced Chicken Salad With Plums and Chickpeas. Christopher Baker

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.

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Fancy Tomato Sandwiches

Fancy tomato sandwiches on a wooden board displayed on a table with fruit juice and sunglasses.
Greg DuPree

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.

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Honeydew Blackberry Ice Cream Sundaes

Honeydew Blackberry Sundaes
Victor Protasio

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!

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Cherries Jubilee

Cherries Jubilee
Joseph De Leo

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.

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Frozen Strawberry Trifle

Frozen Strawberry Trifle
Caitlin Bensel

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

Peach Crisp
Though peaches are at peak season in summer, you can make this cobbler with winter fruits as well. Try subbing in pears, cherries, or blackberries, then top each serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Get the recipe. Con Poulos

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...

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Blueberry Cobbler

Blueberry Cobbler
The buttery biscuits soak up all the luscious juices from the sweet blueberries. Get the recipe. Lisa Hubbard

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.

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