Peaches and Berries with Lemon-Mint Syrup

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With peaches and berries, this salad is perfect for summer entertaining. It’s delicious on its own or with pound cake and vanilla ice cream.

Peaches and Berries

This recipe comes from my friend, Stacy, who loves to cook and entertain. It’s elegant, refreshing and perfect for summer entertaining. The key is to start with perfectly ripe summer peaches, then just add sugar, freshly squeezed lemon juice, blueberries, and fresh mint. You let the fruit soak up the syrup for a few hours, then add the delicate raspberries and blackberries right before serving. It’s delicious on its own but also pairs well with pound cake, vanilla ice cream — or both!

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Peaches & Berries with Lemon-Mint Syrup

With peaches and berries, this salad is perfect for summer entertaining. It’s delicious on its own or with pound cake and vanilla ice cream.

Servings: 4-6
Total Time: 15 Minutes


  • 4 perfectly ripe peaches, pitted and sliced
  • 1 cup (½ pint) blueberries
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 cup (½ pint) raspberries
  • 1 cup (½ pint) blackberries


  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.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Calories: 109
  • Fat: 1g
  • Saturated fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Sugar: 21g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Sodium: 1mg
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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  • if I have to use frozen peaches or fresh pineapple ( winter time), can you suggest what the amount would be to equal 4 peaches?

    • — Joni on December 17, 2023
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    • I’d guesstimate it would be 3 cups give or take. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on December 18, 2023
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  • Such a refreshing and light summer dessert, and so easy to make too! We were just given some freshly picked berries, so we made this with some whipped cream, the lemon & mint syrup was delicious, thanks Jenn 🙂

    • — Mel on January 10, 2023
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  • Hello,

    Peaches not so good in December. What about Pears or Pineapple? Want something fresh for Christmas morning to have along side a tort of eggs, spinach, sausage etc.

    Thank you.

    • — Dorothea on December 5, 2022
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    • Sure, Dorothea, I think either pineapple or pears would be a good substitute for the peaches. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on December 6, 2022
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  • Hi Jen! This looks like the perfect summer dessert. Question for you: I’m always confused about when to peel peaches. It seems like when baked in fruit desserts, like a crisp, skinned peaches are called for, while in this recipe the skin is left intact? I always feel OK leaving nectarine skins on, as they’re smoother, but am torn re peaches with their fuzz! Thanks for your thoughts on this!

    • — Andrea P. on August 6, 2022
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    • Hi Andrea, It’s really personal preference with peaches. I know pastry chefs who leave the skin on even for baked peach desserts, but I prefer them peeled. If you don’t mind the skin, I’d say leave it on to make life easier!

      • — Jenn on August 7, 2022
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  • Excellent dish, we had leftovers the next days and put on your Dutch Baby recipe.
    Thank you for letting us refresh our taste buds.

    • — Scott on July 25, 2022
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  • Can this be made the day before?

    • — Sharon Prentice
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    • Hi Sharon, I wouldn’t recommend making this more than several hours in advance. Sorry!

      • — Jenn on June 20, 2022
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  • I’d like to bring this to a dinner party next week but seem to always have terrible luck finding decent peaches or even nectarines. Will it affect the final result if I substitute plums or just use a variety of berries with no stone fruit? Thank you.

    • Hi Ann, I think it should be fine. Hope everyone enjoys!

  • This is a brilliant way to upgrade a regular old fruit salad! We ended up spooning (the little we had left) over Jenn’s Olive Oil Cake that we served for dessert.

  • I have made this recipe several times and it is a wonderful dessert for a hot summer day. I substituted fresh Thai basil for the mint and the result was amazing served over coconut gelato. Thanks again for all your recipes!

  • My favorite “go to” dessert spring and summer. So delicious just as it is – always refreshing – looks beautiful and has good make ahead qualities for entertaining. I’ve tried it on pound cake but like it better along with a basic cake or cookie on the side.

  • My family loved this. It was so refreshing and easy to make. I have been asked to share the recipe and to make it again!

  • This was so delicious and refreshing. I served with pound cake and vanilla ice cream. Perfect summer time dessert!

  • My family really enjoyed this recipe. I didn’t have raspberries, so just doubled the blueberries. I don’t believe I let it sit long enough in the refrigerator because the mint flavor was uneven – sometimes I tasted it, sometimes not. Lovely, though and my daughter had to be persuaded to share it with the rest of us. 🙂

  • This looks so good! I was wondering if the sugar is really necessary. Trying to limit my use of added sugars. Thanks.

    • Hi Danielle, It balances the lemon but it’s fine to either leave it out or add to taste. Enjoy!

  • I decided to make this on a whim for a company dinner and received so many compliments! I followed the recipe to a T (doubled it) and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. Thank you so much for this delicious and simple fruit salad.

  • Hi Jenn, could I swap the blueberries for strawberries?
    Looks delicious 🙂


  • This is my go-to summer dish. I always double our triple the recipe and find that the leftovers go fabulous on ice cream or on pancakes for breakfast the next day.

  • What type of mint should I use. I have a number of different mint plants and I dont qant to mess up the flavor by using the wrong mint. I have apple mint, orange mint, chocolate mint, candy mint, spearimint and peppermint.

    • — Jennifer Zimmerman
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    • I’d probably go with the spearmint here (but orange or apple mint would also be nice). Hope you enjoy!

  • Such a simple recipe, but so delicious. Our local peaches are perfect right now. I served this for my daughter’s shower (brunch) and everyone loved it.

  • Wonderful! We made pavlovas (dried meringue) and spooned the fruit with sauce over it. Perfect end to a great dinner.

  • Have you ever tried this fruit salad with frozen fruit? I know as it thaws it probably wont be as pretty.

    • — Laura Migliore
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    • I haven’t tried it with frozen fruit Laura. If you try it, please let me know how it turns out!

    • I made this for Mother’s Day so I had to use frozen peaches. The package recommended serving them slightly frozen. It worked!!! Delicious!!!!!!!

  • I made this last summer for a brunch and it was perfect. I needed something I could do mostly ahead and this fit the bill. It was absolutely delicious and fresh, and looked stunning in the serving bowl along with all the other food I was serving. I had pound cake, and yogurt, so there were plenty of options of eating the fruit alone, or with either of cake or the yogurt. Will definitely make again!.

  • 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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  • Yummy!

    • — PreciousPearls
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  • 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

    • — Janice M. O'Reilly
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  • 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!

    • — Gisela Weidman
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    • Thank you, Gisela!

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

    • I haven’t seen any either…sorry!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bursting with yummy goodness! 😮

    • — Elizabeth C. in Kansas
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  • 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!

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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!

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