Peaches & Berries with Lemon-Mint Syrup

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This recipe comes from my friend, Stacy, who loves to cook and entertain. It’s elegant, refreshing and so much more interesting than plain ol’ cut-up fruit in a bowl — perfect for summer entertaining.

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The key is to start with perfectly ripe summer peaches, then just add sugar, freshly squeezed lemon juice (no bottled stuff!), blueberries and fresh mint.

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If you’re thinking fresh herbs on fruit seems odd, you’ll just have to trust me.

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Let the fruit soak up the syrup for a few hours, then add the delicate raspberries and blackberries before serving. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

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This fruit salad is delicious on its own but also pairs well with pound cake, vanilla ice cream — or both!

Peaches & Berries with Lemon-Mint Syrup

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Servings: 4-6
Total Time: 15 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 perfectly ripe peaches, pitted and sliced
  • 1 cup (1/2 pint) blueberries
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 cup (1/2 pint) raspberries
  • 1 cup (1/2 pint) blackberries

Instructions

  1. Combine peaches, blueberries, lemon juice, sugar and mint in a serving bowl and toss. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve (up to 6 hours).
  2. Right before serving, add raspberries and blackberries and toss gently. Taste and add a bit more sugar if necessary. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
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  • I just love fruit salads with mint syrup. I bet it’s great with peaches. I really enjoy a fruit salad with lots of watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe; the mint syrup goes really well with melon. Great picture, it looks so good!

  • Lynn

    I made this fruit salad for the 4th and served it with vanilla ice cream. WOW, was it good! Such a nice change…thanks!

  • bethy

    What a delight! I get lazy about eating fruit, and this is just the incentive I need. The mint lends a lovely kick. Love it! My husband loves it too.

  • Sandy

    This is delicious! One of my favorite good-for-you treats! Thanks!!

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  • Victoria

    This with freshly picked, straight-off-the-trees peaches and blueberries that have been growing and sweetening in the sun (I have to blanch the peach skins off though, it’s how I was raised, it’s a neurosis) … with some pound cake and vanilla bean ice cream … so simple, yet so good.

  • Nadia

    I’ve made this with nectarines (which I prefer over peaches) and it was amazing. Be sure to wait to add the raspberries and blackberries until the end and then very gently toss to keep all of the fruit looking pretty.

  • Julie Backas

    This is simply delicious. Everyone loves the unexpected additions of sweet, sour, and fresh mint. Can use honey as an alternative sweetener. I have served it in a cut glass bowl given to me as a wedding gift by my aunt, and it looks so pretty on the table! Thanks for your inspiration, I love your recipes and stories.

  • Carissa

    Yummy!!! The flavors were great together and the mint was incredible!

  • Louisa

    This is the perfect summertime dessert! I just made it this weekend and brought it to a dinner party…serve with vanilla gelato or sorbet…and use plenty of mint. Everyone loved it…a total winner!

  • Elizabeth C. in Kansas

    Bursting with yummy goodness! :o

  • Kat D

    I will so have to try out this recipe for summer! I just discovered how nicely peach pairs with mint. I tried it out in a homemade pie filling (made on the fly) and it turned out very light and fresh tasting.

  • Rebekah

    I made this once, bought a mint plant, and proceeded to make it every week in the summer! A wonderful fresh way to consume a variety of fruits.

    Once you have made this, you can mix and match the berries for each making. I pick up whatever is fresh at the market.

  • Meirav

    thank you so much this look really great and……where can I get peaches at this time of the year???

    • Jenn

      I haven’t seen any either…sorry!

  • Gisela Weidman

    This is a wonderful combination of flavor, freshness and makes a beautiful presentation served in a attractive cut glass bowl. Any combination of fruits can be used, just keep colors in mind. I did cut back on the sugar slightly, did not affect the taste. Love this website. Jennifer, you are truly an artist with your cooking skills. Thank you!

    • Jenn

      Thank you, Gisela!

  • This recipe supported my instinct to compliment a dinner invite, tonight.
    Sharron is making a Caprice Salad and a main course w/gluten-free pasta so I bring dessert in favor of her husband Dave…Hmmm.. I have plenty of the basil needed for the salad but what can I do with all these delicate,, potted mint plants I procreate every year? PEACHES! something with peaches and mint.
    I could troll thru so many cookbooks and magazines or I can “Google” it.
    Thank YOU, Once Upon a Chef =]
    I will be back!

    Oh! and for this recipe out of fresh fruit season?
    Ya know, frozen fruit done right is really very, very good but especially peaches hold up even better then most other fruits after flash-freeze.

    Would this recipe work with fresh Lime Juice?
    Why not? We have heard of Peach Salsa?.
    I’ll be Back =] Janice

  • PreciousPearls

    Yummy!

  • Andrea

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  • Rebekah

    Love this recipe. I change it up and make it with any berries I pick up from the store, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, etc. The mint is delicious within this!

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