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Think fruit is just for breakfast and snacks? These easy recipes show off the savory side of summer’s sweetest produce.

By Betty Gold
Updated May 12, 2020
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There is a small subset of issues we would delightfully file under 'Good Problems to Have.' One such circumstance? Having such an abundance of fresh summer produce that you're unsure how to use it all up. Freezing fruit is always an option, but cooking with your rich-hued rhubarb, raspberries, peaches, pineapple, and sweet little pint-sized strawberries is so much more satisfying. Here are six of our favorite fruit-filled dishes—from a classic berry crumble cake to green gazpacho (made with grapes, honeydew, and fresh cucumber) and pineapple and seared swordfish kebabs—that we promise will leave no piece of produce behind.

Peach and Arugula Salad With Burrata
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Peach and Arugula Salad With Burrata

Creamy burrata (or mozzarella) highlights the sweet acidity of perfect summer peaches (but you could use nectarines or apricots, too). Add salty prosciutto for an effortless salad you’ll be making all season long.

Get the recipe: Peach and Arugula Salad With Burrata

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

Grapes, melon, and cucumber blend to create a slightly sweet version of the refreshing chilled soup. Don’t forget a drizzle of olive oil before serving for a silky finish.

Get the recipe: Green Gazpacho With Grapes, Honeydew, and Cucumber

Skillet Chicken Thighs With Balsamic Glaze and Fresh Cherry Salsa
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Skillet Chicken Thighs With Balsamic Glaze and Fresh Cherry Salsa

Pan-roasting is the key to juicy chicken thighs with crackly golden skin. Start them skin-side down in a hot skillet and let them cook, undisturbed, until golden brown. Transfer them to the oven, skin-side up, to finish cooking while you make the easy and addictive cherry salsa; try it on grilled pork chops or white fish filets as well.

Get the recipe: Skillet Chicken Thighs With Balsamic Glaze and Fresh Cherry Salsa

Mixed Berry-Rhubarb Crumble Cake
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Mixed Berry-Rhubarb Crumble Cake

This cake showcases the perfect ratio of cake to fruit to crumble. We like the tartness that rhubarb offers but you can skip it if you prefer: just keep the amount of fruit at an even 6 cups and you’ll be golden.

Get the recipe: Mixed Berry-Rhubarb Crumble Cake

Pineapple, Swordfish, and Red Onion Kebabs
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Pineapple, Swordfish and Red Onion Kebabs

Swordfish is sturdy choice for grilling plus it’s mild so it takes on the flavors of anything you grill alongside it. Pineapple and zesty red onion make delicious sweet and savory companions, but this recipe would be equally delicious with chicken or beef in the fish’s place.

Get the recipe: Pineapple, Swordfish and Red Onion Kebabs

Sparkling Cantaloupe Lemonade
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Sparkling Cantaloupe Lemonade

Make a big batch of this pretty peach-colored lemonade for your next backyard gathering: set aside half for the kiddos and spike the remaining pitcher with gin, vodka or tequila. Add more sliced lemons and juicy pieces of cantaloupe for a pretty presentation.

Get the recipe: Sparkling Cantaloupe Lemonade