As a child, I tried to eat raspberries by picking off each tiny bubble (or as I know them now, drupelets), carefully and slowly making quite a mess in the process! Eventually I wised up and figured out it was much easier to enjoy raspberries by popping them whole into my mouth. Nowadays I pity the fool who stands between me and a carton of organic raspberries — I’ll eat them so fast you won’t even know what happened! When I eat organic raspberries, I’m glad to know that I’m eating fruit grown without harmful chemicals like toxic pesticides. I get to enjoy the pure sweetness from the fruit, whether it’s drupelet by drupelet or by the handful. Here are a few recipes and ideas so you can enjoy the tangy-sweet flavor of raspberries in many different ways:
- Raspberries are an elegant topping for just about any kind of salad. Try pairing creamy, mild cheeses with sweet-tart raspberries for flavor-filled salads that are far from the ordinary, like this Raspberry-Walnut Salad with Mt Tam Cheese. Double the berry flavor by combining raspberries and strawberries to make this Berry Goat Cheese Salad.
- Try crushing and blending fresh raspberries with champagne vinegar, pepper and olive oil for a four-ingredient fresh raspberry vinaigrette. For another take on raspberry vinaigrette, try this recipe for Salmon with Raspberry Vinaigrette, which balances the rich flavor of salmon with a bit of sweetness and light acidity.
- Raspberries, cream and a touch of sweetness make the perfect Berry Fool, a classic English dessert made from folding puréed fruit into whipped cream like this recipe for Strawberry Fool – try swapping out the strawberries for raspberries. For a similar vegan dessert, try this recipe for Raspberry Mousse.
- Enjoy sweet, warm smells in your kitchen when you bake this Raspberry-Almond Crumble that combines coconut flour, almonds, ground cardamom and cinnamon in its tasty topping.
- Dark chocolate and raspberries were made for each other. Try this recipe for a Bittersweet Chocolate Tart with Raspberries to make a stunning dessert festive enough to celebrate anything from a birthday to a Tuesday evening!
- Raspberries and Dijon mustard brighten up dinner in this recipe for Pork Medallions with Raspberry-Dijon Sauce.
- Super chill — but no ice-cream maker is required for this Fresh Berry Granita!
- If you’re trying to blend more greens like spinach and kale into your daily smoothie, try adding frozen raspberries for sweetness.
- Drop a few raspberries in a glass of chilled sparkling or white wine before serving for a pretty and unfussy garnish. The raspberries left at the end of your glass aren’t bad either!
- An easy dessert topping is as easy as macerating, or soaking, raspberries in balsamic vinegar for about 15 minutes (or overnight), then spooning over ice cream, cake or panna cotta.
- Layer raspberries, granola and yogurt for a delightful breakfast parfait.
- Raspberry lemonade (perhaps with a touch of spirits for the adults) is perfect for sipping. Simply crush a few raspberries at the bottom of the glass, pour on lemonade, add ice and stir.
- To perk up a typical lunch, try a few raspberries pressed between layers of turkey and Swiss on toast with arugula (don’t forget the Dijon mustard!).