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Time to Get Picking! Sweet, Savory, and Healthy Cherry Recipes

Time to Get Picking! Sweet| Savory| and Healthy Cherry Recipes

Cherries have officially hit the farmers market! Aside from being a proven anti-inflammatory| antioxidant-rich cherries reduce uric acid and cholesterol levels in the body and help reduce sore muscles and joint pain. Usually enjoyed as a snack| cherries also make a great main ingredient for sweet and savory dishes. Curious? Keep reading to see what healthy cherry recipes we’ll be cooking up this season.

u2014 Additional reporting by Aemilia Madden

Photo: Jenny Sugar

| Quinoa Salad With Cherries and Feta

For a delicious dinner that’s equal parts sweet and savory| cook up a batch of quinoa salad with cherries and feta. This healthy and hearty meal will leave you feeling full and satisfied.

Photo: Nicole Perry

| Vegan Cherry Smoothie

Quit eating blah breakfasts| and start your day with a vegan cherry smoothie that is full of fiber and protein to help keep you full through lunchtime.

Photo: Michele Foley

| Cherry Almond Coconut Protein Balls

Boost your muscle recovery post-workout with these cherry almond coconut protein balls. This easy snack features an unexpected ingredient that helps amp up the protein.

Photo: Jenny Sugar

| Cherry Vanilla Smoothie

Filled with ingredients like spinach| almond butter| and coconut water| this cherry vanilla smoothie is full of vitamins but happens to taste like an old-school shake u2014 delicious!

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

| Almond Cherry Chunks of Energy

Both sugar-free and gluten-free| these small almond cherry bites are a deliciously crunchy alternative to a traditional protein bar.

Photo: Jenny Sugar

| Chocolate Cherry Granola Bites

Since cherries have been shown to help reduce sore muscles and joint pain| make yourself a batch of cherry granola bites to enjoy post-workout!

Source: POPSUGAR user JuicyNoelle

| Chocolate-Cherry Pie

A little indulgence is always good| especially when you make some healthy swaps. This recipe for chocolate-cherry pie is made using whole-wheat flour| flax meal| and almond milk| and these are just a few of the healthy ingredients found in this dessert.

Source: Never Homemaker

| Cherry Yogurt Popsicles

Greek yogurt| fresh cherries| milk| and just a touch of sugar are all you need to make these cherry yogurt popsicles. For a little added decadence| the recipe calls for a light drizzle of chocolate to finish off the treat!

Source: Sweetest Kitchen

| Cherry Salsa

Guests will love the unexpected savory twist of POPSUGAR Food’s cherry salsa recipe. Great as a dip| it also works well when served on chicken or fish.

Photo: Susannah Chen

| Vanilla Cherry Coconut Breakfast Risotto

Oatmeal fatigue setting in? Fuel up until lunch with a comforting bowl of cherry coconut breakfast risotto.

Source: Healthy Happy Life

| Turkey Sandwich With Cherry Compote

Amp up the flavor profile of a sweet or savory dish by adding some of cherry compote to the mix. We’re especially fond of this turkey sandwich with cherry compote.

Photo: Katie Sweeney

| Cherry-Banana Parfaits

Ice cream for breakfast? Heck yeah! Indulge by adding cherry-banana soft-serve ice cream as a layer in these breakfast parfaits with granola.

Source: Oh She Glows

| Cherry Protein Pop’ems

Why buy energy bars when you can make your own? Cherry Protein Pop’ems are a little bit sweet| a little bit crunchy| and contain five grams of protein in each serving.

Source: Eating Bird Food