50 light and refreshing desserts for summer

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July 1, 2022
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50 light and refreshing desserts for summer

There’s something about dessert that just hits different in the summer. Fresh fruit and berries are at their peak in the summer months, so it’s easy as pie to find plump, juicy, and sweet strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, watermelons, and peaches at the grocery store, farmers market, and even in your own backyard. Ice creams, sorbets, and other icy treats push past cakes and crumbles to stand front and center on exceptionally hot days. (Seriously, what’s better than a popsicle when it’s 90 degrees outside?) Whipped creams and mousses float effortlessly into your mouth. Tarts filled with custard beg to be eaten.

These desserts are just lighter than their hearty winter counterparts, and while most people would say yes to sweets in any form, there are certain things that quite simply taste better in the summer. (We love you, hot caramel, but not when it’s sweltering outside.)

From tarts and crisps to sorbets and pies, Stacker compiled a list of light and refreshing dessert recipes from Allrecipes. With 50 to choose from, you’re bound to be in sugar heaven all summer long. Take a look below, and be careful not to drool all over your screen.

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No Bake Cheesecake II

- Prep: 30 mins
- Additional: 2 hrs
- Total: 2 hrs 30 mins
- Servings: 12
- Yield: 1 - 9 inch cheesecake
- Number of ingredients: 6
- Read more about the recipe here

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The Ultimate Berry Crumble

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 40 mins
- Additional: 30 mins
- Total: 1 hr 25 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 1 2-quart baking dish
- Number of ingredients: 16
- Read more about the recipe here

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Oat Pudding with Mango and Coconut

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 15 mins
- Additional: 15 mins
- Total: 40 mins
- Servings: 2
- Yield: 2 cups
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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Easy Malai Kulfi

- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Additional: 1 hr
- Total: 1 hr 25 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 3 cups
- Number of ingredients: 7
- Read more about the recipe here

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Lemon-Raspberry Trifle

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 5 mins
- Additional: 20 mins
- Total: 45 mins
- Servings: 18
- Yield: 1 large trifle
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Mango Cheese Tart with Blueberries

- Prep: 30 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Total: 50 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 1 - 8 inch tart
- Number of ingredients: 11
- Read more about the recipe here

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Rainbow Sherbet Cake

- Prep: 15 mins
- Additional: 1 hr
- Total: 1 hr 15 mins
- Servings: 10
- Yield: 1 -9 inch cake
- Number of ingredients: 5
- Read more about the recipe here

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Lemon Blueberry Cobbler

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 30 mins
- Total: 50 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 1 11x7-inch cobbler
- Number of ingredients: 11
- Read more about the recipe here

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Yummy Blueberry Cobbler

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 45 mins
- Total: 55 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 12
- Read more about the recipe here

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Angel Fruit Trifle

- Prep: 15 mins
- Additional: 1 hr
- Total: 1 hr 15 mins
- Servings: 12
- Yield: 1 trifle
- Number of ingredients: 6
- Read more about the recipe here

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Strawberry Refrigerator Cake

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 30 mins
- Additional: 4 hrs 30 mins
- Total: 5 hrs 20 mins
- Servings: 12
- Yield: 1 9x13-inch pan
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Strawberry Mint Seduction

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 5 mins
- Total: 20 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 7
- Read more about the recipe here

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Peach-Raspberry Crisp

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 1 hr 5 mins
- Additional: 45 mins
- Total: 2 hrs 10 mins
- Servings: 10
- Yield: 1 8x10-inch crisp
- Number of ingredients: 12
- Read more about the recipe here

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Lemon Tart with Fresh Berries

- Prep: 30 mins
- Cook: 30 mins
- Additional: 4 hrs
- Total: 5 hrs
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 1 lemon tart
- Number of ingredients: 13
- Read more about the recipe here

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Pina Colada Sorbet

- Prep: 25 mins
- Total: 25 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 5.75 / cups
- Number of ingredients: 5
- Read more about the recipe here

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Watercress, Melon and Almond Salad

- Prep: 15 mins
- Total: 15 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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Hawaiian Wedding Cake II

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 40 mins
- Total: 1 hr
- Servings: 14
- Yield: 1 - 10x15 inch pan
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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Frozen Blueberry Crisp

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 40 mins
- Total: 55 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 1 8x8-inch crisp
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Air Fryer Strawberry Crisp

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 10 mins
- Additional: 10 mins
- Total: 40 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 small crisps
- Number of ingredients: 11
- Read more about the recipe here

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Blackberry-Mango Tart

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 35 mins
- Additional: 5 mins
- Total: 50 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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Abby's Lemon Raspberry Dessert Bars

- Prep: 25 mins
- Cook: 35 mins
- Additional: 6 hrs
- Total: 7 hrs
- Servings: 10
- Yield: 10 servings
- Number of ingredients: 16
- Read more about the recipe here

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Smart Cookie Strawberry Shortcakes

- Prep: 45 mins
- Cook: 10 mins
- Additional: 25 mins
- Total: 1 hr 20 mins
- Servings: 12
- Yield: 12 shortcakes
- Number of ingredients: 16
- Read more about the recipe here

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Brandy Baked Peaches

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 35 mins
- Total: 45 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 peach halves
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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Grilled Fruit Kabobs

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Total: 35 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 12 kabobs
- Number of ingredients: 7
- Read more about the recipe here

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Lemon Souffle Cheesecake with Blueberry Topping

- Prep: 30 mins
- Cook: 50 mins
- Additional: 5 hrs
- Total: 6 hrs 20 mins
- Servings: 12
- Yield: 12 servings
- Number of ingredients: 15
- Read more about the recipe here

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Watermelon Salad with Grapes and Citrus

- Prep: 15 mins
- Additional: 1 hr
- Total: 1 hr 15 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 4
- Read more about the recipe here

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Georgia Peach Pie

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 30 mins
- Total: 40 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 1 - 9 inch deep dish pie
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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Drunken Berries

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 5 mins
- Additional: 4 hrs 5 mins
- Total: 4 hrs 25 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 6
- Read more about the recipe here

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Pumpkin-Walnut Bread

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 1 hr 30 mins
- Total: 1 hr 45 mins
- Servings: 12
- Yield: 1 loaf
- Number of ingredients: 13
- Read more about the recipe here

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Easy Baked Apricots

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 25 mins
- Total: 35 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 3
- Read more about the recipe here

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Strawberry Cobbler

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 40 mins
- Total: 1 hr
- Servings: 10
- Yield: 10 servings
- Number of ingredients: 11
- Read more about the recipe here

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Mocha Semifreddo

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 4 mins
- Additional: 8 hrs 4 mins
- Total: 8 hrs 18 mins
- Servings: 2
- Yield: 2 servings
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Easy No-Bake Strawberry Ice Cream Cake

- Prep: 20 mins
- Additional: 1 hr
- Total: 1 hr 20 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 1 ice cream cake
- Number of ingredients: 5
- Read more about the recipe here

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Jayme's Sweet Summer Berry Dessert

- Prep: 15 mins
- Total: 15 mins
- Servings: 12
- Yield: 12 servings
- Number of ingredients: 6
- Read more about the recipe here

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Summer Couscous

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 10 mins
- Total: 25 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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Summer Salad

- Prep: 10 mins
- Additional: 1 hr
- Total: 1 hr 10 mins
- Servings: 2
- Yield: 2 servings
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Summer Lasagna

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 1 hr
- Additional: 10 mins
- Total: 1 hr 25 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 14
- Read more about the recipe here

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Summer Sandwich

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 5 mins
- Total: 20 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 5
- Read more about the recipe here

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Summer Sausage

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 8 hrs
- Additional: 3 days
- Total: 3 days 8 hrs 10 mins
- Servings: 40
- Yield: 40 servings
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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Blueberry Dessert

- Prep: 25 mins
- Cook: 15 mins
- Additional: 20 mins
- Total: 1 hr
- Servings: 12
- Yield: 1 -8x12 inch dish
- Number of ingredients: 13
- Read more about the recipe here

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Pumpkin Dessert

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 45 mins
- Total: 55 mins
- Servings: 16
- Yield: 1 9x13-inch dish
- Number of ingredients: 11
- Read more about the recipe here

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Dessert Pizza

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 15 mins
- Total: 30 mins
- Servings: 12
- Yield: 1 - 12 inch pizza
- Number of ingredients: 6
- Read more about the recipe here

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Pretzel Dessert

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 10 mins
- Total: 30 mins
- Servings: 11
- Yield: 10 to 12 servings
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Dessert Pizza

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 15 mins
- Total: 30 mins
- Servings: 12
- Yield: 1 - 12 inch pizza
- Number of ingredients: 6
- Read more about the recipe here

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Pumpkin Dessert

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 45 mins
- Total: 55 mins
- Servings: 16
- Yield: 1 9x13-inch dish
- Number of ingredients: 11
- Read more about the recipe here

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Lemon Dessert

- Prep: 15 mins
- Additional: 3 hrs 30 mins
- Total: 3 hrs 45 mins
- Servings: 15
- Yield: 1 9x13-inch pie
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Brigadeiro Dessert

- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 10 mins
- Additional: 1 hr
- Total: 1 hr 15 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 6
- Read more about the recipe here

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Dessert Bars

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 30 mins
- Total: 45 mins
- Servings: 20
- Yield: 20 - 1 inch squares
- Number of ingredients: 5
- Read more about the recipe here

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Toffee Dessert

- Prep: 25 mins
- Additional: 8 hrs
- Total: 8 hrs 25 mins
- Servings: 12
- Yield: 12 servings
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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Avocado Dessert

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Total: 40 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 4
- Read more about the recipe here

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