Summer Fruit Dessert Recipes

Strawberry Creme Parfaits
Strawberry Creme Parfaits. Linda Larsen

If there's one thing I like most about summer (besides the fact that my husband is home because he's a teacher) it's that fruits are at their peak. We gorge on strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, cherries, and peaches all summer long.

So if you're trying to eat healthier, turn to these quick and easy fruit dessert recipes. You can still indulge your sweet tooth and get some nutrition into the bargain.

Some of these recipes use no heat at all, so you can stay cool while feeding your family well. Make sure that you pick the fruits that look the best in your market. One nice thing about desserts like these is that you can substitute one fruit for another and the recipe will still be wonderful.

Be sure to take a look at How to Prepare Fruits and Vegetables for more information (and recipes) using delectable summer fruits. And if you have some time, go to a Farmer's Market to see summer's bounty at its very best.

Summer Fruit Dessert Recipes

  • Strawberry Creme Parfaits
    This wonderful recipe is the perfect combination of sweet and tart. There are no words to describe how delicious this is. Or how easy!
  • Easy Strawberry Shortcake
    This really is the easiest dessert ever. Slice some berries, slice some poundcake, whip some cream, and voila!
  • Peach Creme Brulee
    This super simple recipe couldn't be easier. All you have to do is top fresh and juicy peaches with a sweetened sour cream mixture and some nuts, then broil. The sour cream thickens and becomes a fabulous topping, and the heat makes the peaches even sweeter.
  • Pavlova
    Another English dessert! This beauty has to be made ahead of time. At the last minute, top the meringue with cream and berries - the more the better.
  • Fresh Strawberry Pie
    Strawberries and cream cheese are the perfect pairing in a crisp cookie crust. This easy dessert needs no heat at all if you buy a graham cracker crust to use instead!