8 Summer Fruits to Love (With Recipes!)

We are in the dog days of summer now. Check out these healthy summer fruits and some recipes to help you incorporate more of them into your diet!

Here in the U.S., we don’t eat nearly enough fruits and vegetables to get the antioxidants we need to keep us healthy. Five-a-day might not sound like a lot, but it can be tough to get all of those servings in, especially if you eat the Standard American Diet (S.A.D) which focuses mostly on animal products, processed grains and fats, and refined sugar.

Summer is a great time to up the ante when it comes to fruits and veggies, though. There are lots of healthy summer fruits that are in season now and packed with the healthy vitamins and minerals you need. Check out this infographic with some of the best seasonal summer fruits, then check out the slideshow for some summer fruit recipes for each of them!

summer fruits infographic

Next>> Avocados & Cucumbers

Infographic via Visual.ly


1. Avocado Recipes

Related Reading: Superfood: Avocado Recipes and Benefits

2. Cucumber Recipes

Next>> Summer Squash & Tomatoes

Summer Squash Bruschetta

3. Summer Squash Recipes

When you’re shopping for summer squash, you may want to choose organic. It’s not as well-known as corn or soybeans, but there is genetically modified summer squash on the market. Organic produce is not allowed to be genetically modified, though, so look for that organic label if you want to opt out!

  • Summer Squash Bruschetta – Squash replaces the tomatoes in this classic Italian starter.
  • Lemon Pattypan Squash Pasta – You can skip the goat cheese to make this a vegan recipe, if you like. Pattypan squash is a bit harder to find, but you can most likely track it down at your local farmers market.
  • Stuffed Summer Squash – Hollowed out summer squash stuffed with mushrooms and topped with guac? Don’t mind if I do!
  • Roasted Yellow Squash and Onions – This recipe is simple, delicious, and pairs well with just about any main dish.

Related Reading: 7 Vegan Finger Food Recipes

4. Tomato Recipes

  • Tomato Sandwich – Any Harriet the Spy fans out there? Tomato sandwiches are simple and sublime, and you can build them up so many ways!
  • Roasted Tomato and Arbol Chile Salsa – This is a smoky variation on your basic salsa. Serve with chips or fresh veggies for dipping.
  • Fried Green Tomatoes – Check out this vegan version of the Southern summer classic!
  • Pickled Green Tomatoes – Pickled tomatoes? YES! One of my first memories is of eating pickled tomatoes with my Popi Irving on the back porch straight out of the jar.

photo by Becky Striepe


5. Cherries

  • She’s My Cherry Pie – Bake those cherries into a delicious pie to serve at your next cookout!
  • Cherry Salsa - Sweet cherries pair up deliciously with spicy jalapenos, rich balsamic vinegar, and savory basil in this unusual salsa recipe.
  • Cherry Fizz – Add a few frozen cherries and a squeeze of lemon or grapefruit juice to seltzer water for a lighter alternative to sugary sodapop.
  • Cherry Bombs – Nutty chocolate cherry bites are as satisfying as a cookie without nearly as much refined sugar.

Related Reading: Top Fruits for Your Health

6. Melons

  • Melon Cooler – Slice up your melon, tossing the seeds and skins into your compost bin, then throw the chunks into the blender for a refreshing summery drink.
  • Melon Salad – I know, melons are the bane of most fruit salads, but in this recipe, melons are the superstar!
  • Grilled Cantaloupe – Wow your guests next time you’re grilling!
  • Watermelon Gazpacho – Another cold summer soup!

Next>> Strawberries & Peaches

Kiwi Strawberry Green Smoothie

7. Strawberries

Related Reading: A Beginner’s Guide to Green Smoothies

8. Peaches

Do you have any favorite summer fruit recipes? I’d love to hear yours in the comments!

photo by Becky Striepe

15 Leafy Greens to Try This Summer
Nutrition By Color (Slideshow)
7 Green Eating Lifestyles


Dan B.
Dan Brook4 years ago


Malgorzata Zmuda
Malgorzata Zmuda4 years ago

Bardzo lubię owoce i warzywa, najlepiej te, które rosną u nas, czyli krajowe, nie przepadam za awokado, choć wiem, że jest zdrowe.

Marie N.
Marie N.4 years ago

Avocado is my favorite. Thanks

Klaus Peters
Klaus Peters4 years ago

All good, all these and more, not to forget the berries.

Irina Brenner
Irina Brenner4 years ago

My favorite

Jade N.
Jade N4 years ago

sounds great! thanks

Jade N.
Jade N4 years ago

sounds great! thanks

Aaron Bouchard
Aaron Bouchard4 years ago

thank you

Emil Perera
Emil Perera4 years ago

Have you ever taste fruits like t Mango ,Banana pineapple and Dragon fruit.Very nourishing and tasty