When most people envision the peak of summer, they can reflect on late nights around a campfire, trips to the beach, or spend the whole day by the pool. When I think of the peak of summer, I think of … peaches. And of course my favorite peach recipes.
Let’s face it, summer is so much sweeter for its fruit.
There is something about a ripe peach that always stops me in my tracks in the produce aisle and leads me to fill my cart with more golden fruit than I could ever need. With their rich pink color, peaches are voluptuous snacks that are ready to go. And (when perfectly ripe), they taste just as good as they look.
It seems unreal that August is here already, and it’s about time we took a moment to pay our respects to these seasonal gems. While peaches are tasty on their own, we have some delicious recipes that make the most of them baked, tossed, and broiled, taking these beauties to a new level. From pizza to cocktails to cobbler, we’ve rounded up the best sweet and savory ways to enjoy juicy and refreshing peaches this summer.
Scroll forward to see some of my favorite peach recipes:
Why we love it: As healthy as it is delicious, this lunch staple is super customizable depending on what you’re working on in your pantry and refrigerator. It’s a delicious plant-based option that you can liven up with some mozzarella and crumbled bacon if you need a little more punch.
Hero ingredient: The spicy pepitas give this salad a crunchy and spicy touch that will leave you wanting more.
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Why we love it: Sometimes we all need to treat ourselves, and these cupcakes are just the ticket. Finish these buttery cookies with a dash of coarse sugar and flaked almonds for the perfect juxtaposition with these Honey Thyme Peaches.
Hero ingredient: Top it all off with a decadent whipped mascarpone cream and you’re good to go.
Why we love it: There’s nothing like the caramelized perfection of a perfectly charred roasted peach. Just make sure you put them on the firmer side so they show up. they hold their shape and won’t fall apart when hitting hot racks.
Hero ingredient: Sprinkle in some flaky sea salt to really bring out all the flavors.
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Why we love it: You only need 10 ingredients for this delicious crunchy peach from Minimalist Baker. This no-butter recipe has very little added sugar, making it one of our favorite vegan peach recipes. There are few things as amazing as a bubbly caramelized fruit topped with a flavorful, crunchy crunch!
Hero ingredient: Make your own crunchy dressing with some delicious walnuts!
Why we love it: This is another great and versatile salad that you can customize based on the season and what you have in your home. It is a delicious summer delicacy that is as delicious as it is good for you. You could even add a little protein if you wanted!
Hero ingredient: Goat cheese crumbles, need I say more?
Why we love it: This salty, sweet, creamy and fresh flatbread is the perfect way to combine some of the best flavors on planet Earth. The peaches combined with the crunchy, salty prosciutto and tangy goat cheese make this one delicious. You can not lose this.
Hero ingredient: The crispy prosciutto is a whole different level of heavenly.
Why we love it: Enjoy a peach drink with this sweet peach sangria from Love and Lemons. It features a delicious herbal kick that keeps it from going cloying and adds a bit of aromatic delight.
Hero ingredient: The addition of ginger is an unexpected treat!
Why we love it: Peaches, bacon, and burrata? What can’t this salad do? And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Foodie Crush added some sourdough croutons. Too good to believe!
Hero ingredient: Burrata is the creamy dream we need.
Why we love it: The ginger and peach combo just can’t be topped. It is a simple but wonderfully complex taste on the palate. This crumble is easy to make and can be enjoyed with some ice cream or even a splash of caramel sauce. Hmm!
Hero ingredient: Ginger brings it all together.
Why we love it: These decadent crostini are made with grilled ciabatta bread and creamy goat cheese, sweet peaches, thyme, honey, walnuts, and fresh basil. Enjoy it as a light lunch or as a starter for dinner. Either way, you’re sure to get hooked.
Hero ingredient: You can’t miss a dash of honey.
Why we love it: Gorgeous peaches marinated in cinnamon, brown sugar, and mace are the perfect landing pad for some sticky brown butter. It is a caramelized delight!
Hero ingredient: Brown butter just has a different effect, don’t you think?
Why we love it: Sometimes we want to drink our fruits and vegetables! And this delicious smoothie is the perfect container to whip it all up with minimal effort. Oh, and did I mention it’s absolutely delicious?
Hero ingredient: There’s that ginger and peach combo, again!
Why we love it: Galettes are so easy to put together, but they have a rustic chic elegance, don’t you think? I love that this recipe uses two of my favorite stone fruits for a delicious, sweet, tart, and absolutely divine dessert.
Hero ingredient: Throw some fresh whipped cream in there, you won’t be sorry!
Why we love it: The combination of sweet peaches and tasty grilled pork chops makes for a decadent dream of a meal. The spicy balsamic adds a little sparkle that just plays.
Hero ingredient: Get some really good pork chops for a really tasty and tender dish.
Why we love it: It’s as delicious as it is easy to make, as cupcakes are the easiest type of cupcake to make. No need to roll or cut the dough. They are light, airy and sweet with a delightfully cool exterior.
Hero ingredient: Low-fat Greek yogurt gives them great flavor and consistency.
Why we love it: There is no better way to make quick and easy use of these delicious summer peaches than with an absolutely delicious and healthy baked oatmeal recipe. It’s sweet, full of juicy peaches, and can serve a crowd. Aim for semi-ripe peaches so they don’t break apart during the baking process.
Hero ingredient: The applesauce adds a sweet creaminess without a ton of added sugar.
Why we love it: This smoothie bowl is an absolute treat! It is very easy to do, which is always useful during rush hours in the morning. It’s the best way to level up your smoothie game and enjoy a satisfying and nutritious breakfast.
Hero ingredient: A tablespoon of yogurt will make it irresistibly creamy.
Why we love it: There is something so rustic and charming about a peach cake. It is almost as if you are sitting in the garden of your French castle while enjoying it. (Hey, we can dream!) It’s just as great for dessert as it is for breakfast the next morning.
Hero ingredient: Blueberries and peaches are the perfect match.
Why we love it: Whether you’re barbecuing or just looking for a new salad recipe with a seasonal twist, then you’re going to want to check out this beauty. Fresh corn, juicy peaches, creamy burrata, and arugula pesto come together to make this healthy and delicious salad. You can’t go wrong.
Hero ingredient: Burrata wins, as always!
Why we love it: Have you ever seen a prettier hand cake? These delicate creations from Local Milk are as unexpected as they are special. You can easily adapt it into a complete cake recipe or change another stone fruit if you are working with different ingredients. That being said, I think it’s pretty perfect as is. Keep frozen dough in the freezer and it’s as easy to make as it is tasty.
Hero ingredient: The rose water complements the floral notes of the white peaches that elevate the entire recipe.
This post was originally published on June 29, 2020 and has since been updated.