Served with a creamy, full-bodied dip, sugared puff pastry stars and a fresh berry medley make a festive dessert. It's pretty, delicious and easy to prepare for the Fourth of July or any summer gathering. —Gail Sykora, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
In Louisville, Illinois, Ruth Hastings tosses together both fresh and canned fruit to create this quick and colorful salad. A tangy dressing made with instant pudding mix and powdered orange drink provides refreshing flavor.
Sometimes, for a lighter take, we make the lime topping for this fast-fixing summer treat with a reduced-fat whipped topping. It tastes just as great. Pretzels add a nice crunch. —Elizabeth Hayes, Brazil, Indiana
The sweet tang of blueberries complements the sharpness of blue cheese in this breezy side. Topped with pecans, it could pass for a fancy restaurant’s signature salad.—Rachael Zavala, Pleasant Hill, California
"We have peach trees and blueberry bushes, so combining those fresh fruits with a thick old-fashioned custard sauce is an extraordinary summer treat," relates field editor Suzanne McKinley, Lyons, Georgia
I concocted this entrée after researching the nutrition benefits of blueberries. The fruity sauce complements the poultry patties, and mushrooms and spinach add a gourmet garnish.—Lori Merrick, Danvers, Illinois
"I've been making this recipe for years," writes Mindee Myers of Lincoln, Nebraska. "Whenever my family has a summer get-together, everyone requests it. The nectarines and berries look beautiful together...and the topping is the perfect accent."