26 Berry Recipes

Think of berries as your new best friend. Berries contain cancer-fighting antioxidants, tons of vitamins, and a low amount of calories to keep you trim. Did we mention they’re tasty too?

Greek Yogurt with Warm Berry Sauce Recipe

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Healthy Berry Recipes

Antioxidant-packed berries, such as blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, contain some of the highest antioxidant levels of foods measured by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Berries add sweet tartness to muffins, smoothies, jams, and more. They're at their peak from late May through August.

Frozen berries make this creamy parfait a year-round treat. Although this is dessert, there's enough protein to consider it for breakfast.

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Pickled Onion, Blue Cheese, and Berry Salad

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Pickled Onion, Blue Cheese, and Berry Salad

If you are fed up with boring salads, dine on something with a kick. This salad blends tangy Vidalia onions, sharp blue cheese, and sweet berries for a wonderfully delicious dish.

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Blueberry and Blackberry Galette with Cornmeal Crust

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Blueberry and Blackberry Galette with Cornmeal Crust

The rich, buttery pastry dough is easy and forgiving. Simply roll it out onto parchment paper with a lightly floured rolling pin, and then use the parchment to transfer it to a baking sheet. If you're lucky enough to find wild blueberries like the ones that grow in Maine, use them in this rustic summer tart.

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Toasted Barley and Berry Granola Whole-Grain Recipe

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Toasted Barley and Berry Granola

While rolled barley flakes look nearly identical to rolled oats, they pack more fiber. Look for them in whole-food shops or supermarket bulk food bins. Serve over plain low-fat yogurt.

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Summer Berry Medley with Limoncello and Mint

Summer Berry Medley with Limoncello and Mint

Limoncello (lee-mon-CHAY-low) is a lemon-flavored liqueur from Italy's Amalfi coast. It's often savored after a meal. Store it in the freezer, and serve over ice. If you have trouble finding it, substitute an orange-flavored liqueur such as Grand Marnier. This recipe earned our Test Kitchens' highest rating.

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Blackberry Smoothie

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Blackberry Smoothie

You can use any fresh or frozen berry in this shake. It's easy to take to the office in a small insulated container for a quick breakfast on the go.

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"Royal Blueberry" Gazpacho with Lemon and Mint

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"Royal Blueberry" Gazpacho with Lemon and Mint

This twist on gazpacho is an unexpected first course, a new idea for brunch, or a great summer dessert. It is interesting enough just topped with grated lemon zest and snippets of fresh mint, or it can be topped with flake salt or finely diced honeydew and cantaloupe for drama and texture.

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Strawberry-Mint Sparkling Limeade

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Strawberry-Mint Sparkling Limeade

For a kid-friendly version, substitute 3 cups chilled club soda for the wine. When adding the wine or soda, pour slowly down the edge of the glass to tame the foam.

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Strawberry-Avocado Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips Recipe

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Strawberry-Avocado Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

Make the chips in advance, cool completely, and store in an airtight container until ready to serve. This sweet salsa is the perfect snack-time treat.

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Strawberries, Peaches, and Basil with Orange Vinaigrette

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Strawberries, Peaches, and Basil with Orange Vinaigrette

The warm vinaigrette releases an intoxicating perfume when poured over the fresh fruit. Serve within 20 minutes of preparing for maximum flavor and optimal temperature.

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Spinach-Strawberry Salad

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Spinach-Strawberry Salad 

Use organic, locally grown strawberries in spring when you can find them. Their intensely sweet flavor, combined with the mint and vinaigrette, makes this salad sublime.

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No-Cook Desserts: Blueberry-Orange Parfaits

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Blueberry-Orange Parfaits

This easy dessert comes together in a few minutes if you purchase orange sections from the refrigerated part of the produce section. Prepare the parfaits in the morning and refrigerate, covered, for up to four hours; sprinkle with wheat germ just before serving.

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Chicken and Strawberry Salad

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Chicken and Strawberry Salad

Pair this simple, no-cook meal with toasted buttery baguette slices.

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Lemon-Scented Blueberry Cupcakes Recipe

Lemon-Scented Blueberry Cupcakes

Studded with plump, juicy, fresh berries, these cupcakes are fun for birthdays and special occasions. Lemon and blueberry flavors give these cupcakes a great taste.

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Breakfast Polenta with Warm Berry Compote

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Breakfast Polenta with Warm Berry Compote

This makes a lot of compote, so if you prefer less with your polenta, reserve some to use as a topping for pancakes, waffles, or ice cream.

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Raspberry-Cream Cheese Muffins Recipe

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Raspberry-Cream Cheese Muffins

Serve these muffins for breakfast and your family will be begging for more. We love the combination of cream cheese and tart raspberries.

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Raspberry-Asparagus Medley

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Raspberry-Asparagus Medley

Serve this unusual side dish on a bed of greens or with pork tenderloin flavored with balsamic vinegar, rosemary, and garlic.

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Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcakes Dessert Recipes

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Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcakes

Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcakes pairs citrus-spiked strawberries with tender buttermilk shortcakes. You won't be able to get enough of this delicious early spring dessert.

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Mesclun with Berries and Sweet Spiced Almonds

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Mesclun with Berries and Sweet Spiced Almonds

Raspberries add bright color and several good-for-you nutrients like fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin C. Almonds are a good source of vitamin E and monounsaturated fats. Chives, members of the onion family, add phenols and flavonoids.

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Gingered Blueberry Shortcake

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Gingered Blueberry Shortcake

Crumbly shortbread and homemade whipped cream elevate a simple berry to a memorably indulgent treat. The components of this dish can be made in advance, then assembled just before serving.

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Waffles with Two-Berry Syrup Recipe

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Waffles with Two-Berry Syrup

Wheat germ and flaxseed are the ingredients that give these waffles a wonderfully nutty flavor and crunchy texture. But it's the syrup, laced with maple and two kinds of berries, that elevates this breakfast to the sublime.

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Lemony Blackberry-Vodka Gelées

Photo: Marcus Nilsson

Lemony Blackberry-Vodka Gelées

Timing is important here, as you want to get the drama of two separate layers with gradation between. Let the first layer set partially but not completely--if you add the blackberry layer too soon, it will muddle your color; a bit too late, and it will slide right off the bottom layer.

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Rustic Huckleberry-Blackberry Tart

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Rustic Huckleberry-Blackberry Tart

If you can't find huckleberries, use blueberries.

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No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake with Mixed Berries

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No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake with Mixed Berries

Taste the berries for tartness beforehand; and adjust with sugar or lemon if needed.

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Gooseberry Margaritas

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Gooseberry Margaritas

Tart, fragrant gooseberries come in red, green, or Cape varieties (a gold berry in a papery husk). Red and green are most common–look for them at farmers' markets. If you can't find them, use raspberries instead.

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Raspberry-Mint Ice Pops

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Raspberry-Mint Ice Pops

Fresh and tart, these pops are the best way to up your fruit intake in the summertime.

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