Summertime means stone fruits are in season! This easy and versatile stone fruit salad recipe is a true celebration of the season’s best fruits.
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When most people hear “fruit salad”, a cubic, melon-based mixture comes together. While refreshing, it doesn’t have many interesting things going on. This is not that fruit salad. It is filled with ripe stone fruits, salty feta cheese, bright pickled shallots, and fresh mint. It can be eaten on its own as a snack or alongside grilled chicken breast or pork chops.
Pickled shallots may seem like an oddball ingredient in a fruit salad, but trust me on this one. They add a lot of great flavor and acidity that compliments the sweetness of the fruit. Bonus: they are also easy and kind of fun to make — check out my recipe for Easy Pickled Shallots.
Stone Fruit Salad Season
For this recipe, I used peaches and cherries, but you can really use any stone fruits you like. If you have nectarines, plums, or apricots on hand — swap them in! Depending on the sweetness of your fruits, you may want to adjust the amount of honey in the dressing.
If you aren’t able to find perfectly ripe stone fruits in the grocery store or at the farmers market, don’t sweat. Place the fruit in a paper bag, and let it sit on the counter. Sometimes just a few hours will do the trick and you will have soft and perfectly ripe fruit. If your peaches or nectarines are very firm, you may need to leave them overnight.
Stone fruit salad take a little more time to prep than your typical fruit salad, but it is well worth it. If you have a cherry pitter, now is the time to break it out. If, like me, you do not have one, no sweat — a paring knife works just as well!
Sharp knives are always important, but it is especially important when making a recipe like this, which is mostly chopping round items. Dull knives are dangerous, and no recipe is worth an injury – no matter how delicious! I highly recommend having a knife sharpener in your kitchen toolkit. I have two different kinds, and I love them both.
I have a small apartment kitchen, so the mere fact that I have two gadgets that do the same task speaks to the importance of sharp knives! The first is one that I purchased along with my knife set and sharpens like a dream! The other I got as a gift, and it also works really well. If you are short on space, this is a great option as it is very compact. Bonus: it is also inexpensive!
Stone Fruit Salad
What You'll Need
- 3 peaches diced
- 1/2 lb cherries pitted and halved
- 2 ounces feta cheese crumbled
- 2 tablespoons pickled shallots
- 1 Lemon
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 4 sprigs mint leaves roughly torn or coarsely chopped
What to Do
In a large mixing bowl, combine the juice of ½ a lemon, the honey, and the olive oil. Whisk to combine, then add more lemon, honey, or olive oil to taste if desired.
Add peaches, cherries, half of the pickled shallots, and half of the mint to the bowl with the dressing. Toss to combine, then transfer to a serving bowl.
Garnish with the feta cheese and the remaining shallots and mint. Enjoy!