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15 Sweet and Savory Plum Recipes

Believed to be one of the first fruits to be domesticated by humans, plums appear in cuisines spanning the globe. In Western cooking, they’re treated mainly as a sweet ingredient appearing in desserts or as a complement to pork or chicken. But plums can be used as a savory ingredient as well, like the Japanese pickled plum spread umeboshi or saladito, a salted plum treat from Mexico by way of China. Plums can serve beautifully in a variety of summer dishes.

If you’re excited about some new ways to use this summer favorite, check out these fifteen sweet and savory plum recipes.

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    15 Sweet and Savory Plum Recipes

    Click through for 15 irresistible summer plum recipes!

  • Prosciutto-Wrapped Grilled Plums 2 of 16
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    Create a show-stopping appetizer with this deliciously sweet and savory recipe for prosciutto-wrapped grilled plums!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Laura Levy 

  • Cornbread Plum Muffins 3 of 16
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    Slices of fresh sugar plums make for moist cornbread with jammy bits of fruit throughout.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Beet, Plum, and Fig Salad 4 of 16
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    This gorgeous and healthy salad is brimming with vibrant color and terrific flavors. Savory sweet beets are fantastic when combined with tart plums and sweet summer figs.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Kathy Patalsky 

  • Tiny Lemon Vanilla Plum Cakes 5 of 16
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    These little cakes are huge on flavor! Featuring an irresistible combination of real vanilla, lemon, and ripe plums, these cakes are wonderfully delicious.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal 

  • Basic Plum Tart 6 of 16
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    Once you've mastered this basic fruit tart recipe, you can make the most of all of summer's bounty.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Caroline Champion 

  • Plum and Apple Cobbler 7 of 16
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    Plums and apples are the perfect sweet and tart flavor combination in this incredible cobbler recipe.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Sandra Lee 

  • Bread Pudding with Plums and Tarragon 8 of 16
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    Try an herbaceous take on dessert with this plum bread pudding infused with tarragon.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Peach, Plum and Blueberry Galette 9 of 16
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    In this rustic galette, all the best summer fruits mingle beautifully, making it dessert to remember.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal 

  • Simple Plum Tart 10 of 16
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    Classic and simple, this plum tart is the perfect way to showcase summer's sweetest plums.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
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  • Tiny Plum Tarts 11 of 16
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    Keep things simple with these easy plum tarts you can make in a muffin tin!
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Plum Chicken Salad 12 of 16
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    This sweet and savory chicken salad recipe is perfect for a light summer dinner.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: from The Food Matters Cookbook, written by Mark Bittman. Copyright (c) 2010 by Mark Bittman. Used by permission of Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved.

  • Plum, Pepper, and Jack Bites 13 of 16
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    Simple and so tasty, these plum, pepper, and jack bites can be made in minutes.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Kathy Patalsky 

  • Soba Noodles with Umeboshi Plums 14 of 16
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    Umeboshi plums add a hint of sour to this traditional noodle dish.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Kathy Patalsky

  • Cherry Tomato and Plum Salad 15 of 16
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    Take your side salad to the next level by playing wonderfully sour plums next to perfectly ripe summer tomatoes.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper 

  • Bread and Butter Plum Pudding 16 of 16
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    This simple, delicious plum bread pudding recipe works equally well with sour or sweet plums.
    Brooklyn Supper has the recipe
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