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3 Refreshing Cherry Summer Recipes

What's more summery than a bowl of fresh cherries waiting to be devoured? Plump, ripe and juicy, cherries truly signify everything good about this season. Not only is cherry refreshing, but it is also a tiny ball loaded with B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, and antioxidants. It's nature's candy with all the health benefits!

 

Summer Salad with Cherries and Black Lentils (The Pretty Bee)

This Summer Salad with Cherries and Black Lentils recipe from The Pretty Bee incorporates cherries in a summer-inspired salad. The sweet tartness of cherries mingle well with the onions, lentils, greens and pepitas. It's healthy, filling, and a great light dish to have on a warm summer day! 

"A delicious summer salad with cherries and black lentils, topped with a cherry vinaigrette. Summer in a bowl!"

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cherries halved and pitted
  • 1 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup black lentils picked over and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup unsalted pepitas
  • 6 cups spring salad mix

For the Dressing:

  • 8 cherries pitted
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon organic cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

via Summer Salad with Cherries and Black Lentils (The Pretty Bee)

 

Cherry Bars (Just One Cookbook)

If you're craving for a baked treat that's loaded with refreshing flavors of a summer fruit, this Cherry Bars from Just One Cookbook won't disappoint! The butter crust acts as a rich and lovely canvass for the star of the show - fresh and juicy pitted cherries. The custard in between makes this dessert divine!

"Sweet and tart cherry bars with crispy butter crust. Made with fresh cherries drizzled in a savory custard, these delicious bars are as glorious as the summer sun. Enjoy while the fresh cherries are in season!"

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups cherries (fresh, pitted)
  • 2 tsp all-purpose flour

Crust:

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter (¾ cup = 12 Tbsp or 171 g) (melted)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar (⅔ cup = 134 g)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (2 cups = 256 g)
  • ⅛ tsp Kosher salt

Filling:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (1 cup = 16 Tbsp or 227 g)
  • 3 large eggs
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar (⅔ cup = 134 g)
  • ⅛ tsp Kosher salt
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour (½ cup = 64 g)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract

via Cherry Bars (Just One Cookbook)

 

Coca-Cola Cherry Sorbet (Divas Can Cook)

Cherry coke lovers would surely adore this Coca-Cola Cherry Sorbet recipe from Divas Can Cook. There's something about the combination of cola and cherry that just hits the spot. The tinge of lemon gives it a refreshing kick! If you're trying to stay off sugar, you might want to replace regular cola with its light or zero-cal version.

"Can I just tell you how much I love a good, homemade sorbet? They’re easy, delicious and the perfect way to end a meal on a lighter note. Not to mention you can make homemade sorbet with just about any kind of fruit under the sun."

Ingredients:

  • 24 oz frozen, pitted dark cherries, thawed
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola
  • ½ cup pure dark cherry juice, plus more as needed
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup simple syrup (1/2 cup granulated sugar dissolved in ½ cup hot water)

via Coca-Cola Cherry Sorbet (Divas Can Cook)

 

Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip: 

You'll be surprised at how fast cherry deteriorates at room temperature. Make it a point to store cherries in the fridge as soon as you can to help prolong its quality.



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