Fresh Ways with Fruit

Get creative with fruit this summer, and use it in everything from appetizers and salads to cocktails and desserts.

Mini Strawberry Shortcakes

Photo: Jennifer Davick

Mini Strawberry Shortcakes

Instead of biscuits or shortbread, this sweet concoction uses packaged ladyfingers, which give it a light texture that's good on blazing days. Individual desserts are easy to serve—no cutting or scooping—and easy to eat. (They'll disappear in a flash!)

Raspberry-Lemonade Spritzer

Photo: Jennifer Davick

Raspberry-Lemonade Spritzer

Mix this refreshing drink just before serving to keep it bubbly.

Poppy Seed Chicken Salad

Photo: Jennifer Davick

Poppy Seed Chicken Salad

You can go tropical and substitute chopped pineapple for the grapes and macadamia nuts for the pecans in this dish. Stir in about ½ cup coconut for even more island flavor.

Veggie Ranch Wraps

Photo: Jennifer Davick

Veggie Ranch Wraps

We like the color and flavor of spinach tortillas here, but you can substitute your favorite—red pepper or sun-dried tomato, or even plain or whole wheat versions.

Banana Crème Brûlée

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Banana Crème Brûlée

Give this French dessert a tropical twist with fresh bananas. Helpful hint: Prepare these the night before; they need to chill in the fridge at least eight hours.

Mango Gazpacho

Photo: Jennifer Davick

Mango Gazpacho

If you need to chill the soup quickly, cover it and put it in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes. You can also pour the soup into a bowl and place it in a larger bowl filled with ice.

Halibut with Rhubarb Compote and Balsamic Strawberries

Halibut with Rhubarb Compote and Balsamic Strawberries

Dress up your fish dinner with Balsamic Strawberries and an easy Rhubarb Compote. This is a perfect summertime meal!

Peach Fuzzies

Photo: Howard L. Puckett

Peach Fuzzies

Fresh peaches and pink lemonade make up this refreshing recipe. Sip it by the pool or serve it at a backyard cookout.

Crab, Mango, and Cashew Dip

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Crab, Mango, and Cashew Dip

This dip is so good, you may have to double the recipe. Serve on pita chips for a dinner-party appetizer or as an afternoon snack.

Tropical Champagne Punch

Photo: Jennifer Davick

Tropical Champagne Punch

This punch, with a blend of pineapple, mango, guava, and apple juices, will make you feel like you are in the tropics. A final touch of sparkling wine makes it crisp and refreshing, perfect for a party or morning brunch.

Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato, and Feta Salad

Photo: Melanie Acevedo

Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato, and Feta Salad

This is about as fresh as you get! Pick up the heirloom tomatoes, watermelon, and fresh herbs at the famer's market for a fresh and colorful summer salad.

 

Dungeness Crab Pie with Braised Apples and Meyer Lemon Crème Fraîche

Photo: Ray Katchatorian

Dungeness Crab Pie with Braised Apples and Meyer Lemon Crème Fraîche

Wow your guests with this tasty quiche-like brunch recipe. Braised Apples add the perfect level of sweetness balanced by the slightly tart Meyer Lemon Crème Fraîche.

Mango Cheesecake

Photo: Howard L. Puckett

Mango Cheesecake

Jazz up a plain cheesecake with tropical flavor by stirring in a mango puree. Create a summer garnish by topping the cake with mango slices, fresh berries, and mint sprigs.

Fresh Pineapple Mojito

Photo: Con Poulos

Fresh Pineapple Mojito

The classic mojito is made even more tropical with fresh pineapple, a sweet pairing with the crisp mint.

Coconut Shrimp with Maui Mustard Sauce

Photo: Howard L. Puckett

Coconut Shrimp with Maui Mustard Sauce

One of the most tropical ingredients is coconut. Pair it with shrimp and a sweet-and-spicy mustard sauce, and you have a great meal!

Peach-and-Blueberry Crispy Crumble

Photo: Becky Luigar-Stayner

Peach-and-Blueberry Crispy Crumble 

This recipe is somewhere between a crisp and a crumble, but whatever it is, it's good! Peaches and blueberries make for a delicious combination in this summertime dessert.

Caribbean-Spiced Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa recipe

Photo: Jean Allsopp

Caribbean-Spiced Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa

This recipe is much easier than it looks. The cool pineapple salsa blends well with the hot cooked shrimp, and it also tastes great on your favorite fish.

Coconut-Pineapple Bars

Photo: Alan Richardson

Coconut-Pineapple Bars

Coconut and pineapple always make for a delicious combination. These bars are no exception! Top with powdered sugar and toasted coconut for an impressive presentation.

Frosty Raspberry-Lime Margarita

Photo: Jennifer Davick

Frosty Raspberry-Lime Margarita

Cool off this summer with a frosty margarita made with raspberries and orange liqueur.

Blackened Yellowtail Snapper with Mango Salsa

Photo: Howard L. Puckett

Blackened Yellowtail Snapper with Mango Salsa

This Mango Salsa is so versatile—serve it with fish or scoop it up with chips for a tasty appetizer.

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