20 Fresh Cherry Recipes You Should Make

From cherry smoothies to granola bars and everything in between – celebrate the season with these fresh and delicious cherry recipes!

20 Healthy Cherry Recipes - The Lemon Bowl

Summertime in Michigan is a glorious thing. From asparagus to peaches and everything in between, new fruits and vegetables are popping up at the farmers market every day! Of course, no season compares to cherry season since Michigan is proud to be the nation’s largest producer of tart cherries. In fact, we have 3.8 million tart cherry trees in the state!

Whether you have tart cherries, sweet cherries or dried cherries, here are 20 new recipes to put those antioxidant-rich jewels to good use. And, since it’s still bikini season, these are all (mostly) healthy recipes you can feel good about eating all summer long.

Your fork is waiting.

Chocolate Cherry Berry Smoothie

5 stars average
5 minutes
Cherries and chocolate are naturally sweetened with ripe banana to create this creamy, refreshing and healthy smoothie.
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Cherry Beef Carnitas Sandwiches

These cherry beef carnitas sandwiches are cooked in cherry juice resulting in a sweet pulled beef sandwich.
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Cherry Walnut Chicken Salad

Cherry Walnut Chicken Salad – Delicious chicken salad featuring a combination of dried cherries, walnuts and baby spinach tossed with a simple oil-and-vinegar dressing.
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Fresh Cherry Muffins with Roasted Beets

Roasted beets and fresh cherries are baked in a tender–and shockingly pink–muffin.
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Chocolate Cherry Walnut Energy Balls

5 stars
15 minutes
Sweet and satisfying, these energy balls are filled with chocolate, cherries and walnuts to give you a quick energy boost on-the-go.
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Peach Cherry Frozen Limeade

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Grilled Eggplant, Cherries and Couscous Salad

Grilled Eggplant, Cherries, and Couscous Salad combines the elements of grilling, along with a seasonal side dish, with fresh cherries tossed in for some extra fun. It’s the time of year when we crack open our grills, as well as dish out cold and refreshing pasta salads.
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Tart Cherry Chinese BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

4.80 stars average
8 hours 20 minutes
Your favorite pulled pork sandwiches with an Asian twist – you will love these sweet, salty, tart and tangy sliders topped with a crunchy broccoli slaw.
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Cherry Frozen Yogurt

Cherry frozen yogurt made with fresh or frozen cherries is EASY to make! The tart yogurt intensifies the sweet cherry flavor.
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Pickled Cherries

Simple pickled cherries are my new favorite way to enjoy summertime cherries. Ready in just under an hour and still perfectly sweet.
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Crostini with Ricotta, Fresh Cherries and Pistachios

This crostini recipe uses fresh ricotta, fresh cherries and chopped pistachios. The flavour combination of cherries and pistachios is my ultimate favourite.
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Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread

The chocolate and cherry combination is the perfect complement to this tasty banana bread recipe. Exceptionally moist and tender, you won’t be able to stop at just one slice! Prepare to be amazed!
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Smoky Pulled Pork Tacos with Cherry-Peach Salsa

Smoky Pulled Pork Tacos with Cherry-Peach Salsa are an insanely delicious way to enjoy tender pork and fresh fruit — a match made in taco heaven!
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Waffles with Vanilla Bean Cherries

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These Cherry Cream Cheese Bars are the perfect dessert for celebrating a special, but also easy enough to be your new everyday favorite.
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A simple quick bread with maraschino cherries in every bite. Don’t forget the almond cherry glaze on top this simple cherry bread!
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Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars

5 stars average
30 minutes
An ideal snack or breakfast on-the-go, these chewy granola bars are filled with tart cherries, dark chocolate chips and protein-packed walnuts.
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9 responses to “20 Fresh Cherry Recipes You Should Make”

  1. amanda Avatar

    Great list!

  2. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles Avatar
    Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    It’s cherry season, hooray!! Great roundup.

  3. Kalee @ The Crowded Table Avatar
    Kalee @ The Crowded Table

    What a great collection of recipes! So pretty! The cherry ginger lime smoothie looks right up my alley. :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I love that one too!! I heart ginger + cherry!

  4. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain Avatar
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    Ahhhhhh…..love me some cherries! What a fantastic round-up!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you my friend!! xo

  5. Shawnna Avatar

    Yummy!! It all looks oh so good!!

  6. Heather - Butter & Burlap Avatar
    Heather – Butter & Burlap

    Love when recipes are put together like this! Especially digging those energy bites of yours… yum!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you so much friend!

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Hi I’m Liz!

Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.