There's a lot to love about cherries. 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 healthy blood pressure, and they're also rich in vitamin C. Tart cherries, on the other hand, contain melatonin, which is a natural hormone that promotes sleep. And guess what? They're officially in season.
As such, it's perfect timing to write an ode to our favorite summer fruit by rounding up all the best cherry recipes. From a smoothie and a cocktail to 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 them all summer long.
For a Liquid Breakfast: Chocolate Cherry Almond Milk
Not a big morning person? This four-ingredient concoction from Minimalist Baker 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 Crepes
If you like to fill up on savory dishes for breakfast, then you should definitely consider making this buckwheat crepe recipe from 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.
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For Lunch: Radicchio and Cherry Salad
The colorful salad from The First Mess is a great way to pack in the flavor while filling up on healthy, fresh ingredients. The sweet cherries, bitter radicchio, and peppery arugula balance each other out perfectly while the pecans add just the right amount of crunch.
For a Sweet Snack: Cherry and Almond Quick Bread
This cherry and almond quick bread from Foodie Crush 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.
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For Happy Hour: Vodka Soda With Cherry Ginger Beer
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 from Half Baked Harvest 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 Burrata
We've officially found the perfect thing to throw on the grill for all your summer barbecues. We took one look at this recipe from Half Baked Harvest and knew it was the perfect way to incorporate cherries into a savory meal. You'll be everyone's new best friend if you serve this smoked ancho chili salted steak with sweet cherries and creamy burrata.
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For Dessert: Brown Sugar Pavlova With Cherries
And for the grand finale, we bring you this midsummer night's dream, crafted by From the Kitchen. 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.