08/15/2012 08:40 am ET | Updated Jun 23, 2014

41 Non-Dessert Ways To Eat Your Fruit This Summer

Alexandra Cooks

Fruit obviously lends itself to desserts. Fruit pies, fruit crumbles, fruit crisps. Fruit compote on cake, fruit in ice cream, fruit on its own. When it's hot and you need something refreshing, summer fruit -- from tart blackberries to sugary strawberries and juicy peaches -- just screams dessert. There's a savory side to summer fruit, however, that definitely deserves your attention.

Too many people forget or simply wouldn't think to put fruit in savory dishes. But fresh fruit, summer fruit in particular, can really add something special to your recipes. When combined with the right ingredients, summer fruit can take on a savory flavor that's far from dessert territory -- and just as good.

Once you try adding fruit to your savory dishes, you'll see what you've been missing all this time. We think summer fruit is the best fruit. Here are 41 savory fruit recipes so that you can eat summer fruit all the time.

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