8 Fresh and Fruity Summer Dessert Recipes
Now that summer's almost here, it's time to start taking advantage of all the fresh, delicious fruit to be had. And what better way to enjoy it than in a dessert? From ice pops to cheesecake, these colorful new recipes are tasty, healthy, and refreshing.
Melon Salad with Lime-Ginger Syrup
Buy the best: Give cantaloupe and honeydew a whiff—ripe ones will taste sweet.
Ingredients: Watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, mint, limes, sugar, ginger
Try this recipe: Melon Salad with Lime-Ginger Syrup
Roasted Cherries with Cocoa-Mocha Granita
Red hot: Cherries are rich in anthocyanins, antioxidant pigments that help fight cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Ingredients: Cherries, lemon, cocoa, coffee, condensed milk, sugar, kirsch, vanilla extract, almond extract
Try this recipe: Roasted Cherries with Cocoa-Mocha Granita
Mini Peach Tarts
Take a shortcut: Prefer peaches sans skin? Strip it off with a serrated peeler.
Ingredients: Peaches, pecans, phyllo dough, butter, sugar, nutmeg
Try this recipe: Mini Peach Tarts
Strawberry-Mango Ice Pops
Mango prep: Place mango on a board, stem end down. Using a sharp chef's knife, slice down about 1/4 inch from center. Rotate mango; cut other side. Cut into spears or in a crisscross pattern in the peel; scoop out flesh with a spoon.
Ingredients: Strawberries, mango, sugar, mango nectar
Try this recipe: Strawberry-Mango Ice Pops
Lemon-Blueberry Eton Mess
Blueberries, Greek yogurt, meringue cookies, lemon, sugar, triple sec, vanilla extract
Try this recipe: Lemon-Blueberry Eton Mess
Honey-Vanilla Poached Apricots
Have it your way: The stone fruits in these recipes are interchangeable. Have peaches but no apricots? Use them (peeled) instead. Or try tossing in nectarines.
Ingredients: Apricots, almonds, Greek yogurt, honey, vanilla bean, Amaretto
Try this recipe: Honey-Vanilla Poached Apricots
Blackberry Cheesecake Cups
Graham crackers, blackberries, raspberry preserves, cream cheese, all-purpose flour, eggs, lemon, Greek yogurt, sugar, vanilla extract
Try this recipe: Blackberry Cheesecake Cups
Spiced Tortillas with Tropical Fruit Salad
Pineapple shopping: Choose one that's plump, with a firm body and fresh, green leaves. If you aren't going to use it right away, store it whole in the fridge.
Ingredients: Corn tortillas, pineapple, strawberries, shredded coconut, lime juice, sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg
Try this recipe: Spiced Tortillas with Tropical Fruit Salsa