One of our favorites things about summer is the wealth of fresh berries. Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and more—we've rounded up of our favorite fresh berry recipes.
Fresh, juicy strawberries are a treasure. Sprinkle them with sugar to macerate them and you have a wonderful topping for shortcake. Or freeze them into strawberry and cream ice pops. Strawberry mousse is light, airy, and a gorgeous shade of pink. For something more savory, try focaccia with strawberries and onions caramelized with balsamic vinegar and maple syrup. In the mood for a cocktail? Try the rossini, a variation on the bellini with strawberries and prosecco.
If you get your fill of strawberries, let's move on to blueberries. Mixed with nectarines, shiso leaves, and sesame oil, they make a sweet-savory salad. Or make them into a crisp (which is also delicious with peaches or plums). The sweetness of ripe blueberries highlights the floral character of poppy seeds in our blueberry poppy seed squares.
We love raspberries. A simple combination of raspberries, cream, and sugar makes for a lovely brûlée (and a fun excuse to break out the kitchen torch). For an especially elegant dessert, try setting raspberries in a pink champagne gelée. For an unusual dessert, pair black raspberries with sweet corn to make a sophisticated ice cream.
Don't forget blackberries. Their sweet-tart flavor is great in a pie, accented by lemon and nutmeg.
Find all these dishes and more in our collection of our favorite summer berry recipes.
A thick, jammy layer of blueberries tops dense, buttery cake. Slightly sweet and dramatic, this is best made with the ripest in-season blueberries. All it needs is a dollop of whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg. Get the recipe for Blueberry Upside Down Cake »
In Finland, wild summer berries are frozen for use in winter’s mustikkakeitto, a warm, silky blueberry potage packed with vitamin C. Mustikkakeitto »
A luscious take on the bellini, the Rossini swaps strawberries in for white peaches and prosecco in for champagne. Get the recipe for Rossini »
Fresh blueberries give a delightful twist to this margarita.
The sweetness of berries plays off tart rhubarb in this lightly-spiced compote, which is great over Greek yogurt.
A sticky biscuit dough is dropped onto blueberries in this classic New England dessert, which is called a “slump,” “grunt,” or “cobbler,” depending on who you’re asking.
A twist on the British classic, this summer cooler takes on spicy, herbal notes from Kaffir lime leaves, while strawberries lend sweet balance to the pleasingly bitter liqueur. Get the recipe for Strawberry Pimm’s Cup »
A sweet-sour syrup dresses this mixed berry salad.
We recommend using any fruit that’s in season for this sweet, vibrantly-colored, non-traditional horchata—the riper and juicier the better.
If you are lucky enough to find yourself with an overabundance of blueberries, this easy-to-make crisp is a delicious way to prepare them. It can also be made with peaches, plums, or other summer berries. Get the recipe for Blueberry Crisp »
This simple raspberry dish can also be made with tayberries or blackberries.
This dessert can be made with either fresh or frozen huckleberries or blueberries.
In this classic Swiss dessert, gelatin is used in a creamy custard that’s set between two layers of tart raspberry and strawberry cream.
This recipe for pavlova makes a summery, bright, airy dessert.
This recipe combines the silky flavor of corn with the tartness of black raspberries.