Eight Healthy Summer Fruit Recipes

From salads to dinners to desserts, fruit is a sweet addition to any summer meal.

fruit photo via shutterstock.

fruit photo via shutterstock.

Desserts are not the only recipes where fruit can take center stage. Naturally sweet, seasonal fruits such as nectarines and plums are nutritious additions to main and side dishes as well. Below, we selected eight healthy summer fruit recipes to try this week.

1. Peach and Cherry Quinoa Crumble
via Running to the Kitchen

Topped with almond flour and quinoa, this is not your typical crumble. Rinse the quinoa to get rid of extra starch. Add basil to the fruit mixture before baking for an herbal, earthy flavor.

2. Tomato, Peach and Burrata Salad
via Two Peas and Their Pod

Sweet peaches and tomatoes, creamy cheese, and an acidic flair make this salad a hit any night of the week. If you can’t find burrata, fresh mozzarella will work. Make extra and serve over greens for lunch the next day.

3. Grilled Nectarine and Chèvre Salad with Honey Fig Dressing
via Simple Healthy Kitchen

This recipe calls for Chèvre, but any creamy cheese will work. Try bleu cheese or stilton for a punch of flavor. The sweet and smoky flavor of the grilled nectarines pairs well with the vinaigrette dressing.

4. Plum Braised Baby Bok Choy
via Kitchen Tested

Bok choy is rich in vitamins, compliments a variety of flavors, and whips up in a snap. The best part? This one-pot dish makes for quick and easy cleanup.

5. Paleo Lemon Blueberry Muffins
via Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

For this muffin recipe, it’s all about substitution. You’ll use honey instead of sugar and applesauce instead of oil. Zest the lemon before juicing it, and add to the dry ingredients for extra flavor.

6. Steamed Tilapia with Citrus Salsa and Spinach
via Sippity Sup

Citrus and fish are a good combination for a summer dinner. You can grill the fish instead of steaming it. Throw the lemons on the barbecue while you’re at it—grilling the fruit before adding it to the dish will make it more flavorful.

7. Blueberry Lemon Fruit Leather
via Daily Squeeze

Making home-made fruit leather is easier than you think. The hardest part is waiting to dig into this yummy treat; the leather needs about seven hours to dry before it can be eaten.

8. Patriotic Quinoa Salad
via Its Yummi

This salad packs all the flavors of summer into one dish. Try it with your favorite yogurt for breakfast, over a bed of fresh greens for lunch, or as a side dish with dinner. The accompanying citrus dressing will compliment any salad, so make extra.

  • http://parleefarms.com/ Ellen Parlee

    Summer fruits can add a sweetness to all types of recipes. It’s worthwhile to take advantage of the amount of fresh fruit available in the summer. You can never have too much since most fruits freeze well and can be enjoyed throughout the year!