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Picture it: a sun-dappled kitchen counter, an open window, a cool breeze and a bowl full of ripe, sweet cherries waiting to be eaten. Summer means cherry season, and whether you prefer Bing cherries (those are the red ones), Rainiers (the sweet, blush-yellow varietal) or sour ones, here are 33 cherry recipes that let the stone fruit shine.

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1. Cherry Clafoutis

This French baked custard is the perfect end to an alfresco dinner.

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2. Slow-Cooker Cherry Cobbler

When the forecast says 90, who wants to turn on an oven? Luckily, you don’t have to.

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3. Easy Cherry Skillet Cake

If it’s in a skillet, we’ll eat it. Sweeten the deal with a dollop of freshly whipped cream.

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4. 20-Minute Burrata Salad with Stone Fruit and Asparagus

This recipe is almost no-cook and won’t wilt when you set it out for dinner on the patio. (And it has burrata, so no complaints here.)

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5. Meatballs in Sour Cherry Sauce

Sour cherries are only come around for a few weeks out of the year, which makes them extra special. (Can’t find any? Use frozen.)

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6. Grilled Pineapple Split Sundae with Cherry Sauce

Make the sauce ahead of time and store it in the fridge for ice cream emergencies.

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7. Vegan Black Forest Cherry Cake

We guarantee this is just as decadent as the dessert from your childhood—if not more.

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8. Ginger Cherry Pie

Sour cherries work best in this pie (and it’s OK to use frozen or canned), but sweet ones will work in a pinch.

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9. Johnnycakes with Rhubarb and Sour Cherries

A Johnnycake is a Southern-style, cornmeal-based pancake. The sauce calls for jarred cherries but you might as well use fresh when they’re in season.

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10. Pulled Pork with Sour Cherry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

The sauce is tangy, sweet and just spicy enough. Plus, it’s simple to make in your slow cooker.

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11. Chipotle Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Cherry Salsa

Lime, chipotle and cherries are a grilling dream team.

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12. Simple Cherry Pastry Pies

How to improve on a classic? Make it pretty and portable (and acceptable for breakfast).

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13. Cherry Couscous and Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

This dish is light, filling and refreshing—exactly what summer lunches call for.

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14. Tart Cherry Pie Bars with Oatmeal Crumble

Would you believe us if we told you they’re gluten-free and vegan? (Thanks, Coterie member Monique Volz.)

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15. Cherry Semifreddo with an Orange-Cherry Compote

A semifreddo is kind of like ice cream (the name means “half cold” in Italian), but it’s way easier to make at home.

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16. Rainier Cherry Ice Cream

But if you do want to go the homemade ice-cream route, this flavor can’t be beat.

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17. Garden Cherry Bourbon Smash

Cocktail party for one, coming right up.

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18. Cherry-Hazelnut Galette

The tartness of the fruit is an ideal complement to the rich, tender cake.

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19. Olive Oil Cornmeal Cake with Sour Cherries

The tartness of the fruit is an ideal complement to the rich, tender cake.

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20. Cherry and Peach Panzanella

The only thing better than ripe cherries is ripe cherries and peaches. We won’t be sharing this one.

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21. Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad with Cherries, Goat Cheese and Candied Walnuts

Reap the benefits of this antioxidant-rich salad, courtesy of Monique Volz.

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22. Balsamic Grilled Cherry, Blueberry, Goat Cheese, and Candied Hazelnut Salad

PureWow Coterie member Maria Lichty knows that topping a bed of greens with fruit is always a good idea.

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23. Cherry Limeade Smoothie

It’s five ingredients, dairy-free and just what we crave for breakfast.

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24. Sunflower Seed, Kale and Cherry Salad with Savory Granola

The crunch factor on this dish is extremely high, and we’re not mad about it at all.

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25. Mustard Green Cherry Salad with Nut Cheese and Tahini Dressing

Ten ingredients, 30 minutes and you’re on your way to a Big Salad.

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26. Vanilla Stone Fruit Tart with Cinnamon Sugar Crust

We’ve died and gone to pie heaven.

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27. Cherry Caprese Salad with Toasted Almonds and Smoked Sea Salt

A tart twist on a classic. Bonus points if you grew the basil yourself.

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28. Grilled Cherry Flatbread

Any summer fruit would work here (peaches, plums, nectarines), but cherries are our favorite.

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29. Vegan Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream

This ice cream has a secret. (Psst: It’s made with coconut milk.)

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30. Cherry, Pistachio and Balsamic Honey Yogurt

Is it breakfast or dessert? It doesn’t matter; it’s delicious.

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31. Cherry, Mint and Wheatberry Salad

This is a fruit salad like you’ve never seen before.

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32. Cherry and Almond Quick Bread

Bananas are sooo last season. Since cherries and almonds are related (fun fact), they complement each other to a T.

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33. Gluten-Free Fresh Cherry Pretzel Tart

We’re never making regular crust again. (Just kidding. Kind of.)

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