The longer days, the warmer weather, the outdoor events and activities – there are so many things to love about summer. But one of my all-time favorite things about summertime is the array of sweet, sun-ripened fruit at my disposal! I could easily live off of fresh fruit during the summer; if you’re at all like me, you’ll appreciate these recipes. Each serves to perfectly highlight the bounty of summer’s fruit-laden vines, bushes and trees.

untitled-1935Watermelon Lime Slushy Sorbet, edible perspectives
You know that amazing sensation you get when you eat a chunk of watermelon straight out of the freezer or fridge? The much-loved summertime fruit, practically synonymous with picnics and potlucks, is just so much better when it is ice cold. And you can’t get much colder than this refreshing slushy sorbet, which adds a touch of lime (in the form of both juice and zest) to provide depth of flavor. If you love watermelon, then you will definitely love this Watermelon Lime Slushy Sorbet.

web-cherry-gazpacho_4059Cherry Gazpacho, Savory Simple
A delightful twist on the traditional gazpacho, this cold summer soup uses cherries instead of tomatoes. The cucumbers, basil, bell peppers and seasonings may be familiar – but the addition of cherries helps to create something entirely unique. This cherry gazpacho is a sweet and savory treat, to be served chilled as a refreshing appetizer or snack. Along with the flavor, the bold color really makes it a stand-out. If only cherry season was just a little bit longer…

IMG_1833Strawberry Basil Bruschetta, The Doctor’s Daughter
Here’s another recipe that swaps out the typically anticipated tomato with another summer favorite! This strawberry basil bruschetta is sweet and juicy – and absolutely delicious atop creamy ricotta on toasted slices of baguette. It’s the perfect appetizer to be served at an outdoor party, as the fresh strawberry flavor simply screams “summer.” Balsamic vinegar, honey and just a pinch of sea salt help to balance out each sweet-and-savory bite.

fish-tacos-with-pineapple-peach-salsa_7986Fish Tacos With Pineapple-Peach Salsa, Kristine’s Kitchen
Looking for something a bit more entree-worthy? Try these fish tacos with pineapple-peach salsa. You can use any type of firm, mild fish (the recipe calls for tilapia or halibut) and serve alongside beans and rice or a simple summer salad. What really makes this dish something special, however, is the salsa. It combines fresh pineapple with summer’s finest peaches and savory accents like jalapeno peppers, cilantro, and red onion. This one’s sure to be a hit on any warm summer evening!

fruit_salsaStone Fruit Salsa, MyFoodDiary
Can’t decide on just one summer stone fruit to enjoy? Try ’em all in this colorful and flavorful fruit salsa! Juicy pitted cherries, nectarines and plums are all used in this mouthwatering recipe. To ensure that the resulting salsa is not too sweet, a variety of savory additions (including jalapeno peppers, garlic, and chives) are incorporated. Mix it all together, let it sit for a few minutes, and serve alongside tortilla and pita chips as the ideal summertime snack.

What are your favorite summer fruits? Do you simply eat them raw, or is there a favorite recipe? We’d love to hear your ideas in the “comments” section below!

By Liana Orenstein