Celebrate Summer with Three Delicious Mixed Berry Recipes

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Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the vibrant flavors of fresh berries. Here are three standout recipes highlighting the best of summer’s mixed berry bounty.

Whether hosting a gathering or simply looking to elevate your meals, these mixed berry recipes will impress. These dishes are sophisticated and delicious, featuring berries’ sweet and tangy taste paired with creamy goat cheese, flaky puff pastry, and crunchy baguette slices.

A bowl of salad with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, pecans, and feta cheese beside a plate with bruschetta and berry-topped tarts, all set on a marble surface with scattered berries and a flower.
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These three mixed berry recipes are delicious and visually stunning, perfect for any summer gathering.

The Berry and Goat Cheese Salad is a refreshing and nutritious option. At the same time, the Blackberry and Goat Cheese Tartlets and Strawberry and Balsamic Bruschetta offer sophisticated flavors that will impress your guests.

Enjoy the best of summer’s berries with these delightful dishes!

Tips About Buying (or Harvesting) Mixed Berries

Determining the ripeness of strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries is crucial for enjoying their optimal flavor and texture. Here are some tips to help you identify when these berries are ripe.


  1. Color: Ripe strawberries should be vibrant, uniform red. Avoid berries with white or green tips, as they are likely underripe.
  2. Texture: The texture should be firm but not hard. Overly soft or mushy strawberries are likely overripe.
  3. Aroma: Ripe strawberries have a strong, sweet fragrance. They might not be fully ripe if they don’t smell like strawberries.
  4. Leaves: The leaves at the top (calyx) should be fresh and green. Wilted or dry leaves can indicate the fruit is past its prime.


  1. Color: Ripe blackberries are deep black with a shiny appearance. Red or purple blackberries are underripe.
  2. Texture: They should be plump and firm but yield slightly to pressure. Overripe blackberries will be very soft and might leak juice.
  3. Ease of Picking: When picking blackberries, ripe ones will come off the plant easily with a gentle tug. If you have to pull hard, they are likely not ripe yet.


  1. Color: Ripe raspberries are bright and uniform, varying depending on the variety (red, black, golden). Avoid berries with white or green patches.
  2. Texture: They should be firm yet tender, holding their shape but giving slightly when pressed.
  3. Ease of Picking: Ripe raspberries, like blackberries, detach easily from the plant. They should almost fall off into your hand with little effort.
  4. Shape and Fullness: Ripe raspberries are full and plump, not shriveled or shrunken.

Additional Tips

A plate filled with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries.


Berries are best consumed shortly after picking. If you need to store them, keep them in the refrigerator and consume them within a few days. Wash them only before eating to prolong their shelf life. I have had a lot of luck storing fresh berries in mason jars with a tightly closed lid. Try this because it works and can double or triple their shelf life!

Taste Test

Tasting a few berries can help determine ripeness. Ripe berries will taste sweet and flavorful without any tartness or sourness.

These indicators can help you enjoy the freshest and most flavorful strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries.

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Three Mixed Berry Recipes

An assortment of bruschetta topped with diced strawberries and basil, alongside mini pastries with a blackberry filling on a white surface.

Berry and Goat Cheese Salad with Honey-Balsamic Dressing

This salad is visually appealing with its vibrant colors and nutrients. The mixed berries add a sweet and tart flavor, perfectly balanced by the creamy goat cheese and the crunch of the candied pecans.

Yield: 6 servings

Berry and Goat Cheese Salad with Honey-Balsamic Dressing

A bowl of salad with blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, spinach, pecans, and crumbled cheese on a light-colored surface with petals around the bowl.

This Berry and Goat Cheese Salad is a delightful combination of fresh greens, sweet berries, and creamy goat cheese, topped with crunchy candied pecans and a honey-balsamic dressing. It's the perfect dish to serve as a light lunch or a starter for a summer dinner party.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 4 cups mixed greens (arugula, baby spinach, and romaine)
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup candied pecans
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large salad bowl, combine the mixed greens, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries.
  2. Sprinkle the crumbled goat cheese and candied pecans over the salad.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  4. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine.
  5. Serve immediately.

The honey-balsamic dressing ties everything together with a touch of sweetness and acidity.

Berry and Goat Cheese Salad with Honey-Balsamic Dressing

Best Served During:

  • Lunch Gatherings: This salad is light yet satisfying, making it an excellent lunch choice. You can add protein (chicken or fish) for a heartier salad. It’s perfect for a casual lunch with friends or a family get-together.
  • Brunch Buffets: The fresh berries and mixed greens make this salad a refreshing addition to a brunch spread. It pairs well with other brunch items like quiches, pastries, and fresh fruit.
  • Outdoor Picnics: Pack this salad for a summer picnic. The ingredients are easy to transport, and the dish can be assembled quickly on-site.

Ideal Occasions:

  • Spring and Summer Events: The fresh berries and greens peak during these seasons, making the salad a seasonal delight.
  • Healthy Eating Initiatives: This salad offers a nutritious and flavorful option for health-focused gatherings or events.

Blackberry and Goat Cheese Tartlets

These tartlets are elegant and easy to make, making them a perfect addition to any gathering. The combination of creamy goat cheese, sweet honey, and fresh thyme creates a delicious base that pairs beautifully with the juicy blackberries.

Yield: 15 tartlets

Blackberry and Goat Cheese Tartlets

Small pastries topped with blackberries are arranged on a white surface.

Try these Blackberry and Goat Cheese Tartlets for a delicious appetizer or snack. The tangy goat cheese, sweet blackberries, and flaky puff pastry make these tartlets irresistible.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon hot honey
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)
  • 2 tablespoons hot honey for drizzle


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Roll out the puff pastry and cut into 3-inch circles. Place the circles on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Mix the goat cheese, honey, and thyme leaves until smooth.
  4. Spread a thin layer of the goat cheese mixture onto each puff pastry circle, leaving a small border.
  5. Top with fresh blackberries and brush the edges with the beaten egg.
  6. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.
  7. Drizzle with hot honey.
  8. Let cool slightly before serving.

The puff pastry provides a crispy, buttery crust that complements the flavors perfectly.

Blackberry and Goat Cheese Tartlets

Best Served During:

  • Appetizer Courses: These tartlets are perfect as an elegant appetizer at dinner parties or formal events. They are bite-sized and visually appealing, making them a great starter.
  • Cocktail Parties: Serve these tartlets as part of a canapé selection. Their sophisticated flavor profile pairs well with various cocktails and wines.
  • Afternoon Tea: These tartlets can also be a delightful addition to an afternoon tea menu, providing a savory balance to sweet treats.

Ideal Occasions:

  • Holiday Celebrations: The festive look and rich flavors make these tartlets suitable for holiday parties and gatherings.
  • Wedding Receptions: Serve these at wedding receptions or bridal showers for an upscale appetizer option.

Strawberry and Balsamic Bruschetta

This bruschetta is a delightful combination of flavors and textures. The sweet and tangy strawberries, fresh basil, and creamy ricotta create a perfect balance, while the toasted baguette adds a satisfying crunch.

Yield: 16 appetizers

Strawberry and Balsamic Bruschetta

Close-up of bruschetta topped with diced strawberries, fresh basil leaves, and crumbled feta cheese on slices of toasted baguette.

Strawberry and Balsamic Bruschetta is a sophisticated twist on the traditional tomato version. Sweet strawberries, tangy balsamic vinegar, and creamy ricotta make for a delightful summer appetizer.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 baguette, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Brush the baguette slices with olive oil and place them on a baking sheet. Toast in the oven for about 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown.
  3. In a bowl, combine the diced strawberries, basil, balsamic vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper.
  4. Spread a thin layer of ricotta cheese on each toasted baguette slice.
  5. Top with the strawberry mixture and serve immediately.

It’s a refreshing and elegant appetizer that’s perfect for summer entertaining.

Serving these three mixed berry recipes at the right time and setting can enhance the dining experience and showcase the season’s flavors. Here are the best circumstances to serve each recipe:

Strawberry and Balsamic Bruschetta

Best Served During:

  • Casual Gatherings: This bruschetta is perfect for casual get-togethers like backyard barbecues or summer parties. It’s easy to prepare and can be served as a quick snack or appetizer.
  • Wine Tastings: The combination of strawberries, balsamic, and ricotta pairs wonderfully with various wines, making it an ideal accompaniment for wine-tasting events.
  • Light Lunches: Serve this bruschetta as part of a light lunch menu paired with a fresh salad or soup.

Ideal Occasions:

  • Summer Parties: The fresh strawberries and balsamic vinegar are refreshing and well-suited for summer parties and al fresco dining.
  • Italian-Themed Dinners: This bruschetta is a great appetizer for an Italian-themed dinner menu. Its flavors complement other Italian dishes, such as pasta and antipasto platters.
A white platter with blackberry tartlets and bruschetta topped with diced strawberries and herbs. A bowl of salad with berries, pecans, and feta is visible on the side.

Each mixed berry recipe offers versatility and can be adapted to various settings and occasions. The Berry and Goat Cheese Salad with Honey-Balsamic Dressing is perfect for lighter meals and health-focused gatherings, the Blackberry and Goat Cheese Tartlets shine as elegant appetizers for formal events, and the Strawberry and Balsamic Bruschetta works well for casual and summer gatherings.

You can highlight their flavors and create memorable dining experiences by serving these dishes in the right circumstances.

Explore other posts on my blog for more gourmet berry recipes and summer entertaining ideas. Happy cooking and entertaining!

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Blogger’s Best Summer Berry Recipes

Here are four wonderful summer berry recipes from some of my favorite bloggers.

Strawberry Margarita Recipe | Craftberry Bush

This delicious Strawberry Margarita recipe is perfect for summer and it can be made skinny for less calories.

Homemade 4th of July Popsicles | My Sweet Savannah

These homemade popsicles are healthier than store bought, made with yogurt and fruit! They are festive and fun and perfect for summer or the 4th of July!

Blueberry Bread Pudding Recipe | Happy Happy Nester

If you’re in the mood for something truly delicious, you have to try this Blueberry Bread Pudding recipe. It’s not your ordinary bread pudding; it’s filled with juicy blueberries and a hint of fresh lemon zest. We’re elevating it by using puff pastry for that extra flaky, buttery goodness. This recipe is simple to follow and makes for the perfect fresh fruit summer dessert!

Summer Strawberry Spoon Cake | Most Lovely Things

This simple straightforward cake with strawberries requires no special equipment, just a little time, some fruit, pantry ingredients and you have the most delicious cake served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

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  1. Leslie— your mixed berry salad with goat cheese and the sweet honey dressing is the perfect summer salad! All of your tips on fruit are so helpful. That box of strawberries!🍓🍓🍓

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