Summer is in full swing and that means ... it's berry season! Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, gooseberries, tiny red currants and that Canadian treasure, the Saskatoon berry!  There's no better time of year than right now to enjoy these jewels of nature. So we decided to go out and create our best ever recipe roundup of summer berry recipes with recipe ideas for every meal and snack and even beverages! Here are some of our favourite ways to add berries to every meal.

43 Ways to Use Summer Berries

This post is in partnership with Half Your Plate.  Fill half your plate at every meal and snack with fruits and veggies!

Boost Your Breakfast With Berries

Strawberry Baked Oatmeal
Strawberry Baked Oatmeal is a great alternative to regular oatmeal for breakfast. Image courtesy of A Virtual Vegan

Berries are a smart way to add an extra boost to the start of your day. They may be small but they're mighty. They're low calorie, non-fat, packed with nutrients, fibre and antioxidants, and they have multiple health benefits. They're also an all-natural way to sweeten your day without added sugar!

Here's some great ways to add berries to your breakfast:

Lunchtime Berry Salad Favourites

Strawberry Salad
Strawberry Summer Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette. Image courtesy of Occasionally Eggs

Berries are for lunch? No problem. Berries are a no-brainer salad topper or dressing enhancer. Here's a few of our favourite summer salad ideas to try!

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Adding Berries to Dinner

Blackberry Bruschetta
Blackberry Bruschetta. Image courtesy of The Princess and the Yard Ape

If there's one place where using berries might be overlooked, it's dinner! Berries can add a great twist to a savoury dish or an appetizer — they pair exceptionally well with pork and chicken and cheeses. They can even be added to a curry dish! Here are some tempting dishes to try:

Berry Desserts

Vegan Raspberry Crumble Bars
Vegan Raspberry Crumble Bars. Image courtesy of I Love Vegan

And where would we be without berry desserts? In the summer when it's hot, berries can be such an easy way to whip up dessert without an oven, from berry ice creams or berry frozen yogurt to berries simply macerated with honey and topped with fresh whipped cream.

But if you want to go that extra mile, here are some fancier berry-licious dessert alternatives:

Other Delicious Ways to use Berries

Red Currant Muffins
Red Currant Muffins. Images Courtesy of Kitchen Heals Soul

There are lots of other delicious ways to use berries.  Try a handful of your favourite berries in a muffin recipe.  Cool down with a mixed berry lassi or make a batch of blackberry jam to enjoy all winter long!

And don't forget freezing! If you've got an overabundance of berries, freeze them! It's nice to know that when you're missing the warm weather you can open your freezer and pull out a little taste of summer and toss it into a crumble, pie, smoothie or some muffins. You'll find some berry freezing tips here along with more great ways to use up summer berries with Half Your Plate.



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Berry Berry nice indeed! Such a comprehensive piece with so many wonderful, delicious, spectacular ways to use summer sweet berries!

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