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?
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.
View Recipe: Greek Yogurt with Warm Berry Sauce
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.
View Recipe: Pickled Onion, Blue Cheese, and Berry Salad
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.
View Recipe: Blueberry and Blackberry Galette with Cornmeal Crust
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.
View Recipe: Toasted Barley and Berry Granola
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.
View Recipe: Summer Berry Medley with Limoncello and Mint
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.
View Recipe: Blackberry Smoothie
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.
View Recipe: "Royal Blueberry" Gazpacho with Lemon and Mint
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.
View Recipe: Strawberry-Mint Sparkling Limeade
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.
View Recipe: Strawberry-Avocado Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips
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.
View Recipe: Strawberries, Peaches, and Basil with Orange Vinaigrette
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.
View Recipe: Spinach-Strawberry Salad
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
View Recipe: Blueberry-Orange Parfaits
Pair this simple, no-cook meal with toasted buttery baguette slices.
View Recipe: Chicken and Strawberry Salad
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.
View Recipe: Lemon-Scented Blueberry Cupcakes
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.
View Recipe: Breakfast Polenta with Warm Berry Compote
Serve these muffins for breakfast and your family will be begging for more. We love the combination of cream cheese and tart
View Recipe: Raspberry-Cream Cheese Muffins
Serve this unusual side dish on a bed of greens or with pork tenderloin flavored with balsamic vinegar, rosemary, and garlic.
View Recipe: Raspberry-Asparagus Medley
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.
View Recipe: Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcakes
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.
View Recipe: Mesclun with Berries and Sweet Spiced Almonds
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.
View Recipe: Gingered Blueberry Shortcake
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.
View Recipe: Waffles with Two-Berry Syrup
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.
View Recipe: Lemony Blackberry-Vodka Gelées
If you can't find huckleberries, use blueberries.
View Recipe: Rustic Huckleberry-Blackberry Tart
Taste the berries for tartness beforehand; and adjust with sugar or lemon if needed.
View Recipe: No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake with Mixed Berries
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.
View Recipe: Gooseberry Margaritas
Fresh and tart, these pops are the best way to up your fruit intake in the summertime.
View Recipe: Raspberry-Mint Ice Pops