Four Creative Ways to Use Mariani Dried Fruit in Your Summer Barbecues

Adding dried fruit to your BBQ menu can bring a burst of flavor and unique twists to your favorite dishes. Here are four of our favorite ways to incorporate dried fruit into your summer barbecues:

  1. Dried Fruit Skewers: Create fun, colorful and delicious skewers by alternating pieces of Mariani Dried Apricots and Mariani Dried Pineapple with chunks of grilled chicken or beef. The natural sweetness of the dried fruit will complement the savory flavors of the meat, providing a craveable taste contrast.
  2. Salad Toppers: Sprinkle Mariani Dried Cranberries, Mariani Dried Raisins, Mariani Dried Cherries on top of fresh summer salads. They add a chewy texture and a hint of sweetness that pairs wonderfully with greens, nuts, and cheeses. If you are in search of a little extra crunch, Mariani Salad Toppers are one of our favorite salad ‘enhancers.’
  3. BBQ Sauces and Marinades: Incorporate dried fruit into your homemade BBQ sauces and marinades. Blending Mariani Dried Prunes, Mariani Dried Cherries (hint: try our recipe for Dried Cherry and Chipotle BBQ Sauce) or Mariani Dried Mangoes with your sauce base can infuse it with a rich, fruity flavor that enhances grilled meats. 
  4. Grilled Fruit Compote: Make a compote using Mariani Dried Apricots, Mariani Dried Pineapple and Mariani Pitted Dates. Simmer them with a bit of water, sugar, and spices until soft. Serve this warm compote over vanilla ice cream for a dessert that will have everyone coming back for seconds!

Happy BBQ season, folks!

The Mariani Family