Blueberry Peach Fruit Salad with Thyme

Please welcome Garrett McCord who shares this delicious cancer-fighting fruit salad with us. ~Elise

Recently my mom, Suzanne McCord, was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was surprised when I heard the news, my mother is in her early sixties, but is insanely active and healthy. The woman recently participated the AIDS lifecycle event; a 6 day, 550 mile bike ride. A few days after, she was off to Egypt and Russia. I get tired biking to work, and my last big trip was Napa which is only an hour away. In fact, her main concern after being diagnosed was that the surgery would get in the way of her bike riding.

After hearing about mom, I went to work doing some research about ways I could help using what I know best – food. I wanted to put together something that was easy to prepare, full of flavor, and packed with cancer fighting vitamins and antioxidants. After a bit of research into cancer smart foods and what seemed to work well, I developed this recipe.

This simple fruit salad works at the start of the meal or as a dessert. The fruit is lightly glazed with either a simple syrup or agave syrup. Ginger, a bit of lemon, and some savory thyme which pairs amazingly with summer fruits accents the tartness of the berries and the sweetness of the stone fruit. In recognition of my awesome, kicking cancer-butt mom, I’ve nicknamed this a Suzanne Salad.

Blueberry Peach Fruit Salad with Thyme Recipe

  • Yield: Serves 4-8.


  • 4 peaches
  • 4 nectarines
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh, chopped thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of sugar (depending on how sweet the fruit is, you may be able to skip all together)
  • Or 1 tablespoon of agave syrup in lieu of water and sugar


1 If using water and sugar place them into a saucepot and bring to a boil and liquid is reduced by half into a simple syrup. Allow to cool.

2 Chop up the peaches and nectarines and place them in a bowl with the blueberries. Pour over the cooled simple syrup or agave syrup. Add the thyme, lemon juice, lemon zest, and ginger.

3 Stir and cover with plastic wrap, place in the fridge and allow to macerate for one hour. Serve.

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Garrett's mom on her bike

Luckily, her surgery was a success and with the doctors finding no need to proceed with chemo or radiation she is well on the road of recovery; something she attributes to getting her yearly mammogram, which allowed her to catch it early. Guys and girls, please be sure to get yourself checked regularly by your doctor in order to keep yourself healthy, aware, and safe.

I, Elise, and my mother all encourage you to please check out the links at the end of this post for information on cancer awareness and various resources. We also encourage anyone with a food blog to post their own cancer conscious recipes or leave them in the comments section.

Cooking to Combat Cancer from Mele Cotte
Cooking to Combat Cancer 2 from Mele Cotte
Taste of Yellow from Winos and Foodies
World's Healthiest Foods
Cook for the Cure
American Cancer Society
Prostate Cancer Foundation

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  • Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    Hooray for your mom — she is a role model for all of us. Great recipe, too; the ginger and blueberries are loaded with anti-oxidants and will help strengthen the immune system. And, oh by the way, they taste great!

  • Melissa

    That sounds really delicious, and I love the touching story behind it. Your blog is really excellent!

  • S for Kitchen Confit

    I’m so glad your mom is doing well – thanks for the recipe for the salad, it looks delicious.

  • Denise

    Garrett, your mom looks AWESOME!! Kudos to you for sharing your heartwarming story and encouraging us all to eat healthy but tasty.

    Thanks Denise, though it’s more her heartwarming story. I have to give her the credit. ;) ~Garrett

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