No matter what variety you find at the market, fresh cherries are a sweet and colorful addition to smoothies, salads, cobblers and cakes.
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7 Ways With CherriesWhether sweet or sour, cherries are prized for their red color and antioxidant value. Toss Bing, Ranier, or Van cherries into these delicious recipes for a flavor-packed meal.
Fresh Cherry SmoothieFresh cherries, yogurt, and a drizzle of honey are whipped into a simple smoothie that's perfect for breakfast on-the-go or an after-workout snack. With so few ingredients, the flavor of the cherries shines through making it taste more like a cherry milkshake than a health drink.
Grilled Chicken Salad With CherriesWith their delicate yellow-red blush, the highly prized Rainier cherries are a sight to behold in this salad of grilled chicken breast and mixed greens. If you're short on time, substitute rotisserie chicken and buy bottled vinaigrette.
Duck Breast with Double-Cherry SauceWhile the sauce calls for frozen cherries, substitute fresh cherries if you can find them for an even brighter flavor. The combination of cherries, cherry preserves, and a splash of brandy make for an elegant sauce to coat the duck breast. Try it with chicken as well.
Chocolate Waffles with Poached CherriesFor a fancy breakfast or show-stopping dessert, this recipe is easier to pull together than it appears. The poached cherries that top the waffles cook in just 10 minutes. And the waffles, while they come with a long ingredient list, take only 15 minutes to prepare.
Fresh Cherry CobblerThis cobbler comes together quickly because the crust is made with refrigerated pie dough and the fresh cherry filling is thickened with quick-cooking tapioca. If you don't have time to pit fresh cherries, thaw some frozen cherries and no one will be the wiser.
Cherry-Almond Upside-Down CakePitting the cherries is a little bit labor intensive, but the almond-flavored cake is easy to assemble. The final result is a spectacular display of cherries, cherries, and more cherries that have steeped in red wine-sugar syrup. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream for extra sweetness.
Lemon Pound Cake with Cherry CompoteLemon and fresh mint add exceptional flavor to this lightened pound cake. You can substitute store-bought pound cake if you're short on time. The simple 5-ingredient sauce, paired with your favorite vanilla ice cream, adds more than enough homemade flavor.
Video: How to Pit a CherryLearn the easiest methods for pitting a cherry to use in pies, tarts, and sauces.