When it comes to berries, I lose my boundaries. Recently, I had so many that I needed to use them or I would lose them. So I decided to make raw berry “jam”, berry ice cubes, and a berry pie.
To make the “jam”, I simply mashed berries with a little local honey to use on toast spread with almond butter. I made the ice cubes out of fresh, mashed berries mixed with a little pomegranate juice that I froze in ice cube trays. I’ll use them with iced tea, sparking water and sparkling wines and mimosas. The pie I made in a pinch. It’s this delicious Summer Berry Pie. I wanted my friends to try it, but a few are eating gluten free, so I followed the recipe using Whole Foods Market Gluten-Free Bakehouse Frozen Pie Crusts. It turned out great and saved time! I simply thawed two crusts, using one to cover the top of the pie.
Although the health benefits of eating berries are widely recognized, I believe a good deal of their charm is simply their beauty. Intense colors of red, blue and purple make for splendid eye candy. While berries are wonderful in fruit salads, smoothies and muffins, I want to show you how awesome they are in salads, sauces, salsas, and summer desserts. Remember, one of the wonderful things about berries is that they are interchangeable in recipes, so use what you have on hand.
Berries add balance and beauty to leafy green salads:
Make a salad with baby spinach or arugula, crumbled feta or goat cheese, fresh raspberries or blackberries, and grilled vegetables such as red onion, yellow bell peppers and radicchio. Drizzle with white wine vinaigrette.
Berry Goat Cheese Salad is flavored with a mixture of berries, red onions, walnuts and tomatoes.
Raspberry Walnut Salad with Mt. Tam Cheese is dressed with red wine vinegar, raspberry fruit spread and walnut oil.
This Green Salad with Rotisserie Chicken and Blackberry Dressing is simple and unique.
Berries can be added to sauces and salsas:
Eat Strawberry Salsa spooned over grilled chicken or fish.
Add Grilled Red Snapper with Strawberry and Avocado Salsa and Baked Salmon with Spinach and Strawberry Salsa to your summer menu plan.
Berries for dessert are always welcomed. These ideas will keep you cool this summer:
Simplified Summer Berry Parfaits are cool and beautiful, made with cream, lemon curd and pistachios.
Vanilla-scented Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Berries is super easy to make.
Strawberries and Ice Cream with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction is amazing with blackberries, too.
Serve Raspberry Nice Cream with a variety of blackberries and blueberries.
Smother healthy Chocolate Pudding or favorite pudding recipe with strawberries and raspberries.
Raw Berry Crisp can be enjoyed for breakfast or a snack.
Do you have boundary issues with berries, too? What do you make when you’ve got too many? I’d love to hear.