Blueberry Peach Fruit Salad with Thyme

Blueberry, peach, nectarine fruit salad seasoned with fresh thyme, ginger, and lemon juice.

  • 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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  • bakesick

    Firstly, happy for your mom. Hope she’s fine always.
    When I read the tittle, I wonder about mixing fruits with thyme? Hmm~ kinda interesting recipe. Thanks. :D

  • Vicki

    It sounds like a wonderful recipe, but if you are trying to beat cancer, you should not use sugar. The fruit is sweet enough. Sugar feeds the cancer cells.

  • Rick

    scichick: I believe that the “apples” you see are the (white) nectarines.

  • Gwen

    This was an AMAZING salad! I made it this weekend. I couldn’t get my hands on thyme, so I used mint. Instead of simple syrup (trying to cut processed sugar from the diet where possible), I used about 1/4 cup of sour cherry preserves.

    OH MY GOODNESS! We ate this by itself first – wonderful. The next day, after lots of juice had been created – we ladled it over pound cake and/or vanilla ice cream – EVEN BETTER!

    Thanks Elise! Really a keeper recipe!

  • Arkashka

    Thanks for your mum, she, probably, really succeeds. Very good salad!

  • scichick

    I can’t wait to to try this salad! I also shared this recipe with my mom who just emerged victorious in a showdown with endometrial cancer. In the picture it looks like there are also chopped apples, but I don’t see them in the ingredient list. Am I crazy? :o)

    Props to your mom!!! As for the apple, yeah, you’re crazy. However, they might be quite tasty added to this. ~Garrett

  • Nicky

    Congrats to your mom beating cancer. Tell her it’s great to have her join the ranks of us SURVIVORS!!!!!!! Cheers Suzanne.

    Great blog …. I have it bookmarked but had to come out of lurking to say congrats to her.

  • bee

    Your mom sounds like an amazing woman. All the best to her.

  • Tina

    Does this need to be served immediately? I’m thinking of packing it for a camping trip so it’d be left in a cooler for probably 8 hours or so before it is eaten.

    Nope, that should be fine. If anything it will develop more sugary maceration juices which are quite yummy in my opinion. ~Garrett

  • Sabrina

    Thanks for sharing your story. Your Mom is an inspiration.

  • The Restaurant Blogger

    First off, congratulations to your mom for beating cancer. It’s always nice to hear inspiring stories like your mom. She looks strong and great for her age.

    Secondly, the fruit salad looks so appealing and I’m sure taste good too. Great combination of fruits.

    I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at the age of 21 and was luckily cured after two years. It was scary not knowing what it was and that it required three hospitals to diagnose the type of cancer. During my treatment, I was fortunate enough to have met Mike Milken, the founder of CaP CURE, now known as the Prostate Cancer Foundation. He shared his story of survival and being told he only had 12-18 months to live. It was touching to hear his story and his willingness to inspire others. I was given his book, “The Taste for Living Cookbook” which I recommend to everyone. It contains recipes for fighting cancer.

    It’s the first time I have visited your blog. I love it!

  • Dragon

    Thank goodness for mothers, eh? I love the addition of thyme in this dish. Can’t wait to try it.

  • Barbara

    I love to read the words “It was diagnosed early and no chemo needed”. Brilliant.

  • Regina

    I made this salad today and it was amazing! I added a bit of extra ginger for some spiciness. I LOVE the thyme with the fruit! Consider me a convert!

  • Stacia

    That recipe looks delicious. I adore thyme on fruit! Good news about your mother, and thank you for sharing the story and photo with us. She looks amazing! Are you sure she’s in her 60s?

  • Kalyn

    Your mom really does look amazing, and I’m so glad that the story has such a happy ending. What a lovely son you are to make a cancer-fighting salad for your mom too. It sounds like it will taste great too!

  • Sarah

    You must be joking that the woman in the photo is your mom — NO WAY can that woman be old enough to have an adult son!!! She’s an inspiration. Best wishes to her and to you as she continues to recover.

    P.S. The salad looks delicious!

  • Glitterati

    Garrett, your mom looks like a more-fun Julianne Moore! I can’t believe she’s in her 60’s!

    And thanks for sharing your recipe and your mom’s story… the salad sounds delicious, and your mom sounds like a really courageous and positive person.


  • Alison in Texas

    My sister-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer at the beginning of this year while she was 5-6 months pregnant. The baby (a healthy boy) was born in May. She had to stop chemo the last trimester because of the baby, but she’s doing ok, and the baby, Kieran, is doing fantastic. Kate and her husband Pete are also doing fine. I’m sending them this recipe and story and I’m sure Kate will find your mom’s story inspirational. Thanks very much!

  • Lady Amalthea

    So glad to hear your Mom is doing better! And she’s right–the best thing is to stay on top of your health and check-ups, etc.

    And how sweet of you to make such a healthy, delicious salad in her honor.

  • 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

  • S for Kitchen Confit

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

  • Melissa

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

  • 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!