When we think of eating fruit, we usually think sweet—fruit on yogurt or granola, fruit in a smoothie, or fruit for dessert. It’s true that fruit is a wonderful way to satisfy your sweet tooth and at the same time get a healthy dose of fiber, vitamins and minerals. But, we also love sneaking fruit—especially red raspberries—into savory dishes. It’s another way to reach the 1 ½ – 2 cups of fruit recommended each day. Plus, that sweet-tart savory combination is so satisfying!
Here are some ideas on how to use red raspberries in your savory dishes:
- Add frozen and thawed red raspberries to your slaw recipes for a hearty dose of fiber and a sweet and savory punch. The raspberries are a perfect addition to slaw, because they won’t wilt hearty greens like cabbage, collards and kale. Try our Red Raspberry Red Cabbage Slaw.
- For green salads, make your own raspberry dressing. Simply stir frozen and thawed red raspberries into your favorite balsamic vinaigrette, or try our raspberry vinaigrette
- Grain salads are a perfect vehicle for fruit, because they soak up all that fruit flavor and just keep getting better and better! Add frozen and thawed red raspberries to your favorite quinoa, farro or wild rice salad, or try our Gingered Farro and Wild Rice Salad.
- Sweet and tart raspberries are the perfect accompaniment to meat and fish. You can stir frozen and thawed red raspberries into your favorite barbeque sauce recipe, or try our red raspberry barbeque sauce which is perfect over grilled pork, on barbeque chicken, or to top roasted salmon.
- Instead of a barbeque sauce, be adventurous and make a lemon zested red raspberry chutney! Not only is it fabulous as a sauce for grilled meats or fish, but it also makes a delicious addition to a cheese tray.
- Love the sweet pineapple in tacos al pastor? Try it with raspberries! Stir frozen and thawed red raspberries into your favorite salsa recipe for a surprising twist on tacos. Or, try making our salsa recipe.
- Red raspberries on sandwiches? You bet! The options are endless. Give your old PB&J a new fiber-filled twist by substituting smashed frozen and thawed raspberries for the jelly. It’s delicious! Smashed frozen and thawed red raspberries are also delicious on turkey and ham sandwiches. Think cranberry sauce with Thanksgiving dinner and you’ll get the picture! And grilled cheese with a layer of red raspberries? Heaven! Visit our Pinterest board for more sandwich ideas.
You can see that there are an endless number of ways to use sweet red raspberries in your savory recipes, helping you to reach your fruit intake goals! What is your favorite way to use red raspberries in savory recipes? We’d love to hear from you! You can reach us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
 USDA recommendation at http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/fruits_amount_table.html