Cherry season is in full swing and, actually, will be done before you know it. We wait for this delicious, juicy fruit all year long and then, as quickly as cherries arrive, it seems they’re gone. I refuse to let the moment pass this year and am using these easy cherry recipes to enjoy different varieties—red, black, Rainier, sour—at breakfast, lunch, dinner and, of course, dessert. But not just at dessert.

(But, still, dessert is best.)

Related: 7 delicious fruit dessert recipes for lazy summer evenings. Or, you know, whenever.

 

Breakfast

Easy cherry recipes: Fresh cherry pancake syrup | Delia Creates

Cherries for breakfast! Can you think of anything better? The easiest way to enjoy this treat is to make a cherry syrup that can go over any other breakfast you make. If you want to go all out, try these Cherry Banana Pancakes with Cherry Pancake Syrup at Delia Creates. The recipe is vegan, but you can use any pancake batter you want. You can also make plain old pancakes (or, uh, frozen waffles) and focus only on this cherry syrup. It will surely make anything taste delicious.

 

Easy cherry recipes: Cherry Clafoutis | Bakers Royale

So, technically, Cherry Clafoutis, like this gorgeous specimen at Bakers Royale, is considered a dessert, but I beg to differ. This super easy recipe (blend + bake) has flour, Greek-style yogurt, eggs and, sure, some sugar. But that’s pretty much a variation on a pancakes, right? Right. So make this for breakfast. I dare you.

Related: 8 quick, healthy breakfast recipes for even the busiest mornings.

 

Lunch

Easy cherry recipes: Balsamic Roasted Cherries, Dark Chocolate, and Brie Grilled Cheese | Closet Cooking

Now this is how you win points with the kids. Serve up Balsamic Roasted Cherry, Dark Chocolate and Brie Grilled Cheese from Closet Cooking for lunch one weekend afternoon and watch their jaws drop. Chocolate for lunch? Yes, please. And with plenty of protein from the cheese, thank you very much. Make the roasted cherries ahead of time to keep this quick and easy.

 

Easy cherry recipes: Cherry, Walnut & Quinoa Salad | A Common Connoisseur

Like Kate, I’m feeling the grain salads for summer and this stunning Cherry and Walnut Quinoa Salad at A Common Connoisseur is calling my name. Grab directions for how to cook quinoa perfectly in 5 easy steps at my site, One Hungry Mama, and then whip the rest of this together, mix and serve.

Related: 4 delicious, make-ahead grain salad recipes that make summer dinners so easy.

 

Dinner

Easy cherry recipes: Grilled Tilapia with Fresh Cherry Salsa | Martha Stewart Everyday Food

This Grilled Tilapia with Cherry Salsa at Martha Stewart Everyday Food takes 15 minutes to prep and 20 minutes total. Between the ease, the fact that the fish is grilled (though you can substitute broiled or pan fried), and the genius use of fresh cherries, this recipe earns a place on my best summers recipe list.

 

Easy cherry recipes: Salmon, cherries, avocado & Cucumber | Borrowed Salt

Tart cherries pair especially well with fish, which is why I had to also include this mouthwatering Salmon with Cucumber, Cherries, and Avocado (above & top) at Borrowed Salt. This takes 20 minutes to prep (mostly pitting cherries), but only 8 minutes to cook, so it all works out perfectly. Thirty-minutes and you get this deliciousness.

 

Easy cherry recipes: Cherry Jalapeno BBQ Roasted Chicken | Natalie's Daily Crave

Cherries add a great sweet-tart element to BBQ sauce, which is always better with a sweet-tart element. This recipe for Roasted Chicken Thighs with Cherry-Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce at Natalie’s Daily Crave looks delicious and is easy to whip up. You can even make the sauce ahead of time and brush it on the chicken—or really any meat—whenever you’re ready up to 5 days later.

Related: 5 summery grilled chicken recipes that will make chicken for dinner exciting again.

Easy cherry recipes: Fruit Salad with Fennel and Watercress | Bon Appetit

If you want a lighter salad to go on the side of dinner—an easy chicken recipe or perfectly grilled steak, for example—try this Fennel, Watercress and Fruit Salad from Bon Appetit. The dressing has 3 ingredients (yes!) and the fruits are perfect in summer. Mix them up with whatever is on hand—peaches instead of plums, for example—but keep the cherries. The cherries are worth it. Oh, yea, and regular salt will work just as well as smoked salt. Don’t stress it.

 

Dessert

Easy cherry recipes: Cherry Slab Pie | Smitten Kitchen

Okay, it’s time for dessert. The obvious dessert of choice for cherries is cherry pie. I love this Cherry Slab Pie that we found at Smitten Kitchen because, well, slab pies aren’t fussy. If you want to make it even easier, you can use store-bought pie dough. If that’s what it takes, we will not judge. Everyone should eat at least one piece of cherry pie every summer. It’s a rule.

Related: 5 gorgeous summer pies to make right now.

 

Easy cherry recipes: Macerated Cherries | Southern Living

You don’t have to bake cherries for them to make a delicious dessert. Take advantage of the goodness of fresh cherries with this easy Orange and Basil Macerated Cherries dessert at Southern Living. They say to pair this with fresh ricotta, which is great, but it also pairs great with yogurt or ice cream, which might be more kid-friendly.

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