Wonderful Uses for Summer Fruits

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This Warmer weather means fresh fruit is more delicious than ever. Eating it raw is delicious, but if you are looking for a little more creativity, check out these amazing ideas for making summer fruit recipes all season long.

Summer is right around the corner and one of my favorite things to do when it’s warm is bite into some fresh ripe fruit. By the end of June, I am typically about 75% watermelon.

You know what else I love? Making things with fresh fruit. Smoothies are awesome and y’all know I am all about the cobblers and muffins and crisps and just about anything else I can put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on.

But there are even more ways to enjoy summer fruits so I thought I would share some of them with you! Check them out below and let me know if there is anything I should add to my list!

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Summer Fruits in Season

Here are a few of my favorite fruits to enjoy in summer. Anyone else getting hungry??

  • Watermelon
  • Peaches
  • Blueberries
  • Figs
  • Nectarines
  • Plums
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pineapple

No Bake Mixed Berry Pound Cake Recipe

5 Delicious Ways To Use Summer Fruits

Summer gives us an abundance of juicy and delicious fruit. Strawberries, blueberries, peaches and watermelon are just a few of the favorites that fruit lovers enjoy during the warm summer months. Here are few ways to use them in recipes.

Enjoy Fruits in Salad

Tossing fruits in salads for a little bit of sweetness is always a great idea. You can also try carving fruits into intricate designs or simply using a melon baller to create luscious color fruit orbs. Here are few recipes to inspire you to get a little bit creative.

I fell in love with Watermelon Arugula salad during the Epcot International Flower and Garden festival and I set out to recreate it as soon as I got home. It’s one of my favorite summer treats.

For a similar idea with milder flavors, check out this Marinated Mozzarella Melon Salad by How Sweet Eats.

melon salad in a bowl

The Strawberry Arugula Salad by Minimalist Baker or this Pineapple Fluff Dessert by I Heart Naptime would be crowd pleasers for sure. 

Berries and Chocolate are a Match Made in Heaven

Fruit and chocolate are two items that pair well together. It can be a simple as dipping the fruit in dark, milk, or white chocolate.

Decide what type of chocolate to use with a few recipes to get you started and pointed in the right direction. Don’t be afraid to try it with other fruits such as peaches, raspberries, kiwi, and apricots. Dried fruits work too!

white chocolate covered blueberries in a bowl

White Chocolate Covered Blueberries by Honey And Birch

Chocolate Covered Strawberries by Carlsbad Cravings

Or for another sweet treat without the chocolate, consider this no-bake easy pound cake with fresh berries.

We are also loving this fresh Maine blueberry cake. Yum!

Fruit Parfait? Yes Please

Fruit parfait is one of the easiest and prettiest ways to use that luscious summer fruit! You can use pudding, custard, yogurt, granola, and more to layer these yummy desserts.

Fill containers such as small glasses, mason jars, tall glasses or even glass mugs. Add a drizzle of honey or chocolate on top for extra sweetness and dig in.

Here are a few to try:

Rainbow Fruit Yogurt Parfaits by Life Made Simple Bakes

Creamy Yogurt Parfait With Mixed Berry Compote by Joyful Healthy Eats

raspberry mocha mudslide parfait

For a tasty treat with a boozy twist, make these Raspberry Mocha Mudslide Parfaits by Baking A Moment with Bailey’s Irish Cream! Yum. 

Fresh Fruit Popsicles

Consider making fresh fruit popsicles as a healthier alternative to store bought popsicles that are full of extra sugar and corn syrup.

Popsicle molds in fun shapes can be easily found on Amazon. Take your favorite fruit and add them to a blender with a little bit of honey or healthy sugar substitute, if needed, and blend until smooth. Then pour into the molds and freeze overnight.

Get creative by adding different layers of fruit puree or different chunks of fruit with each layer of puree. One example of this are these Fruity Rainbow Froyo Pops by How Sweet Eats.

rainbow fruit and yogurt popsicles

Or try some delicious Fruit Smoothie Popsicles by Lemon Tree Dwelling or Vanilla Peach Pops by Love And Lemons. 

Keep it Simple with Fruit Kabobs

Fruit kabobs are easy to make and even easier to eat. All you need is some fruit of your choice and skewers. If you want to add some flair, use cookie cutters to make some fun shapes like stars or hearts.

Dressing up fruit is easy and fun and can be done together with the whole family or set up for the kids to play with. It’s a great way to get creative and enjoy the wonderful benefits fruit has to offer.

I’m loving the Caterpillar Fruit Kabobs For Kids by Must Have Mom and these Fruit Kabobs by Dinner At The Zoo. Super easy and loaded with flavor. 

grilled pineapple and watermelon kabobs

Have you ever tried grilling fruit? Try it and see what you think! I love how grilling just a little bit can really bring out a new flavor. These Grilled Pineapple and Watermelon Fruit Kabobs by A Night Owl Blog would be a great addition to your next cookout or alongside a delicious charcuterie board

Adding so many delicious fruits to the menu is one of the many reasons summer is my favorite season. It just doesn’t get much better than this!

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About Andrea Updyke

Andrea Updyke is a married mom of two boys living in Raleigh, NC. She is a published author and blogger of more than 18 years and loves to celebrate the little things that make life awesome.

Whether she's sharing tasty recipes, traveling or hanging with the family, Andrea's goal is to help make your days a little easier and a lot more fun! Email inquiries to andreaupdyke@gmail.com.

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