There's a lotВ to love about cherries.В They're tasty, cute, and versatile, but they're also so much more than that. Beyond flavor and cooking choices, sweet cherries have a ton of potassium, which is crucial to healthyВ blood pressure, and they're alsoВ rich in vitamin C.В Tart cherries, on the other hand,В contain melatonin, which is a natural hormoneВ thatВ promotes sleep. And guess what? They're officially in season.
As such, it's perfect timing to write an ode to our favorite summer fruitВ by rounding up all the best cherry recipes. From a smoothie and a cocktail toВ salads, steak, and even a cake, these seven recipes will make you want to put the cherry on top of every meal. Scroll through for the full details on how to use themВ all summer long.
For a Liquid Breakfast:Chocolate Cherry Almond MilkMinimalist Baker
Not a big morning person? This four-ingredient concoction fromВ Minimalist BakerВ will wake you right up without filling you up to the point of discomfort. With dates, cacao powder, cherries, and almond milk, this antioxidant-rich smoothie/milkshake is about to be your summer go-to.
For a Filling Breakfast:Caramelized Cherry Salad With CrepesHalf Baked Harvest
If you like to fill up on savory dishes for breakfast, then you should definitely consider making this buckwheat crepe recipe fromВ Half Baked Harvest. Topped with prosciutto, gorgonzola, caramelized nectarines, and cherries doused in a balsamic vinaigrette, this meal will blow your mind. Go ahead and crack an egg on top, too.
For Lunch:Radicchio and Cherry SaladThe First Mess
The colorful salad fromВ The First MessВ is a great way to pack in the flavor while filling up on healthy, fresh ingredients. The sweet cherries, bitter radicchio, and peppery arugulaВ balance each other out perfectly while the pecans add just the right amount of crunch.В
For a Sweet Snack:Cherry and Almond Quick BreadFoodie Crush
This cherry and almond quick bread fromВ Foodie CrushВ is the perfect indulgence for a warm summer afternoon or as a grab-and-go breakfast option. Put it out on the kitchen table for everyone to share and enjoy.В
For Happy Hour:Vodka Soda With Cherry Ginger BeerHalf Baked Harvest
Round up a group of friends for an afternoon patio party, and make these refreshing drinks to sip on once the clock strikes 5 p.m. These vodka soda cherry ginger beer cocktails fromВ Half Baked HarvestВ are a surefire way to make a splash with your guests while also making the most of the freshest produce of the season.
For Dinner:Ancho Steak With Cherry-Topped BurrataHalf Baked Harvest
We've officially found the perfect thing to throw on the grill for all your summer barbecues. We took one look at this recipe fromВ Half Baked HarvestВ and knew it was the perfect way to incorporate cherries into a savory meal. You'll be everyone'sВ new best friend if you serve this smoked ancho chili salted steak with sweet cherries and creamy burrata.В
For Dessert:Brown Sugar Pavlova With CherriesFrom the Kitchen
And for the grand finale, we bring you this midsummer night's dream, crafted byВ From the Kitchen.В If you've never tried pavlova, you're in for a literal treat. It has a meringue-like outer shell with a fluffy, cake-like center that the cherries enhance perfectly. Beyond being a tasty dessert option, it's a gorgeous way to beautify your spread.Ganni Linfield Tee $85ShopThe Case Factory Embossed leather iPhone 7 case $110ShopHVN Cherry-Print Silk Pyjama Set $475ShopToschi Black Cherries in SyrupShopWilliams-Sonoma Cherry Piecrust Cutter $16ShopSur la Table OXO Cherry Pitter $14ShopPlant Planet Summer Fruit Print $45ShopJulie Cloutier Double Bowl $72ShopChikuseiko Cherry Blossom Charcoal Incense $23Shop