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12 Succulent, Savory Ways to Enjoy Summer Cherries

Say cherries, and the image of a glorious pie is likely to pop into most people's imaginations, causing mouths to water. But beyond the wonderful world of cherry desserts, there's a savory side to this incredible summer fruit. Their juicy tartness turns out to be just the contrasting flavor to showcase all sorts of ingredients, from poultry to hearty whole grains. You could totally make a cherry-centric meal from these popular recipes.

Winning with Chicken

Tuck 'em inside or ladle them on top, cherries are a natural partner for succulent chicken. If you've never tried the combo, we guarantee you'll be flying high on the wings of success on your first attempt.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Cherry-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Photo by SugarPlum9829

Porky Perfection

If you're a fan of the time-honored salty-sweet match-ups, these dishes are calling your name: "Hey, Mister/Ms., make me! You'll be so happy you did!!"

Cherry-Glazed Ham (R228462)

Cherry Glazed Ham. Photo by Meredith Publishing

Super Cool Salads

When it comes to tossing greens and fruit, apples and pears get a lot of the action. Consider cherries for a change of pace. Not only are they gorgeous, those juicy treats are loaded with antioxidants, making salads extra healthy.

Cherry Farro Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette

Photo by LilSnoo

Watch This!

This Cheeky Cherry Acorn Squash might seem to be edging into autumn, but it's still an inspired way to bring more cherries to the dinner table, no matter what the season.

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About Leslie Kelly

Always hungry to learn, never had my fill of oysters, Memphis dry rub ribs, wild salmon, chocolate chip cookies or a well-rolled lumpia. Washington state wine lover, bourbon fan. Totally obsessed with brunch!