Sunday, July 20, 2014

30 Healthy Simple Apricot Recipes

Here’s a roundup of delicious, simple apricot recipes from some amazing food bloggers. This fruit is fantastic to work with on account of its versatility: it can be grilled, baked, poached, simmered, and added fresh or dried. Apricot has been a star ingredient in African and Turkish cuisines: given that the fruit allegedly comes from the Caucus region, it’s unsurprising that the quality remains legendary throughout Eurasia.

As a reminder, look for the apricots with a velvety texture that yields gently to the touch, but is not mushy. To open, simply take a sharp paring knife and work the fruit around the pit. Twist to extricate the apricot from its stone, and then cut into smaller shapes if desired. 

What ingredients work well with apricot recipes?

If you have a bag and are wondering what to do with the fruit, mix and match with these ingredients:

Fruits: Peach, nectarine, pear, plum, strawberry, cherry, fig, grape, apple, Asian pear, Mysore raspberry, mulberry, phalsa, jamberry, persimmon, mango, lychee, rambutan, passion fruit

Vegetables: Fava bean, bell pepper, carrot, tomato, eggplant, cucumber, mushroom, truffle

Herbs, spices, and oil: walnuts, pecans, chestnut, hazelnut, pistachio, almonds, pine nut, orange zest and juice, lemon zest, coconut, clove, cumin, cinnamon, cardamom, saffron, brown sugar, nutmeg, honey, vanilla, chocolate, black pepper, lavender, wine, champagne, gin, brandy, rum, chai, earl gray, Darjeeling, mint, ginger, jasmine, fenugreek, licorice, tarragon

*Also use faux cheese and dairy, as the tanginess counters the sweet mellowness of the apricot beautifully. 

Apricot Drinks and Smoothies:

Apricot Seltzer
Ingredients: Peach, apricot juice, seltzer,
sparkling cider, mint

Apricot Chai Smoothie
Ingredients: Apricot, banana, coconut milk, 
water, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, maple syrup

Apricot Hemp Milk Smoothie
Ingredients: banana, apricot juice, hemp milk, agave

Apricot Mojito
Ingredients: Lime, lemon balm leaves, sweetener, apricot

Apricot Orange Juice
Ingredients: agave, apricot puree, lime juice, 
sparkling water, orange juice

Apricot Salads and Mains:

Apricot Rye Berry Salad
Ingredients: Rye berries, water, salt, maple syrup, olive oil, 
lime juice, avocado, apricot, mint, pistachio

Apricot and Herb Salad
Ingredients: Apricot, olive oil, greens, basil, mint, spring onion, 
cucumber, broccoli sprouts, asparagus, cherry tomato, pistachio, 
lavender, salt, pepper, mustard, lemon juice, honey,
olive oil, pepper

Apricot Kale Salad
Ingredients: Quinoa, water, garlic, mustard, 
apricot preserve, olive oil, balsamic, kale, fresh apricot, onion, 
almond, salt, pepper

Apricot Sweet Potato Salad
Ingredients: Sweet potato, red onion, olive oil, salt, 
pepper, kale, balsamic vinegar, quinoa, water, cranberry

Apricot Eggplant Salad
Ingredients: Zucchini, eggplant, rocket leaves, apricots, avocado, 
olive oil, pine nuts, lemon, tahini, maple syrup, olive oil, garlic

Apricot Moroccan Chickpea Salad
Ingredients: Cumin seeds, olive oil, lemon juice, honey, salt, 
cayenne pepper, carrot, chickpea, dried apricot, 
mint, almond, herbs

Apricot Chickpeas
Ingredients: apricot, onion, coconut oil, ginger, garlic, 
cumin, turmeric, coriander, vegetable stock, quinoa, water, 
onion, mint, lemon juice

Butternut Squash Soup and Apricot
Ingredients: Dried apricot, butternut squash, red
lentils, onion, garlic, apricot, cumin, coriander,
cinnamon, harissa, salt, pepper, vegetable stock

Apricot Avocado Salad
Ingredients: Apricot, avocado, asparagus, olive
oil, chili, thyme, pepper, cumin, tofu, spinach
mustard, maple syrup, red onion, curry powder, soy sayce

Spiced Apricot Chutney
Ingredients: Jalapeno peppers, white wine vinegar, 
sugar, dried apricot, bell pepper, gelatin (use vegan!)

Apricot Rhubarb Chutney
Ingredients: Rhubarb, apricot, red onion, 
honey, raisins, vinegar, lemon, ginger root, clove, allspice, 
cinnamon, cayenne pepper

Apricot Tagine
Ingredients: oil, onion, cumin, coriander, pepper, 
cinnamon, garlic, tomato, butternut squash, potato, 
carrot, apricot, vegetable stock, lemon juice, pepper, chickpea, 
parsley, cilantro, cous cous, water, vegetable broth, 
pomegranate seeds

Apricot Tofu
Ingredients: Soy sauce, tea leaves, tofu, 
apricot, chili, brown sugar, water, salt, pistachio, coriander

Apricot Sweets and Desserts:

Apricot Chocolate Nut Bars
Ingredients: apricot, almond, coconut, salt, chocolate

Apricot Chocolate Balls
Ingredients:almond/walnut, date, apricot, raisin, cocoa powder, 
orange juice, almond essence, cinnamon, coconut

Apricot Cashew Cookies
Ingredients: Apricot, cashew, oatbran, dates, 
vanilla, sea salt, agave

Apricot Cranberry Gems
Ingredients: Apricot, cranberry, sunflower seeds

Apricot Date Coconut Logs
Ingredients: Apricot, date, almond, coconut

Apricot Trail Mix
Ingredients:Walnut, almond, pecan, pumpkin seed, 
sunflower seed, coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, salt, 
honey, dried apricot, cranberry

Apricot Pie
Ingredients: Almond, fig, coconut butter, maple syrup, 
blackberry, apricot

Stuffed Apricots
Ingredients: Apricot, coconut oil,
brown sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup, oats

Apricot Chocolate Truffle
Ingredients: Apricot, chocolate, coconut, salt

Apricot Creamsicle
Ingredients: Apricot, sweetener, water, saffron, 
lemon juice, pistachio

Apricot Ice Cream
Ingredients: Apricot, sugar, agave,
coconut milk, almond extract, lemon, vodka, 

Apricot Lemony Popsicle
Ingredients: Apricot, lemon balm, water, maple syrup