Strawberry Nectarine Fruit Salad

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Simple delicious fruit salad with fresh strawberries, white nectarines, honey, and mint

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Every summer gathering should include a fruit salad, don’t you think? Nectarines and peaches are in season right now and when I saw some beautiful white nectarines at the market I couldn’t resist. We used to have a white nectarine tree whose fruit you had to eat leaning over the sink they were so juicy. Grocery store-bought nectarines are much firmer than the ones we used to grow, but that firmness just helps them hold up better in a fruit salad like this.

My favorite way to make any fruit salad, including this nectarine strawberry version, is to toss the fruit with honey, a little lemon juice, and some thinly sliced fresh mint from the garden. The honey helps the fruit macerate and extract some of their juices, the lemon juice contributes a little tang, and the mint? The mint plays well with them all.

I made this salad a few days ago to cap a lunch I prepared for my friends Lisa and Jenny, who insisted that I put it on the blog. So here you go girls! The recipe is shown to serve four, but you could easily scale it up for a Labor Day gathering crowd.

Strawberry Nectarine Fruit Salad Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

The proportions are flexible, depending on the sweetness of your fruit and what you have on hand. We used about a 2:1 ratio of nectarine chunks to strawberries.

The amounts given are for four servings. You can easily scale up this recipe to feed a crowd!


  • 2 to 3 large white nectarines (3/4 pound to a pound), cut into edible sized chunks, pit and stem removed
  • About 8 to 10 fresh strawberries, stems removed, quartered
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 leaves fresh mint, thinly sliced


Gently toss the chopped nectarines and strawberries together in a medium bowl with the honey and lemon juice. Let sit for 15-20 minutes, so that the fruit has a chance to macerate.

Right before serving, gently toss with thinly sliced fresh mint.

Taste for tartness. If too tart for your taste, sprinkle a little sugar over it. If cloyingly sweet, sprinkle with a little more lemon juice. The level of sweetness or tartness will depend on the specific fruit you are using, so you will need to make adjustments depending on your fruit.

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6 Comments / Reviews

  1. Array Paula Francese

    Perfect timing. I have guests coming for dinner tonight and I had bought fresh peaches and strawberries for a low calorie dessert to go along with peach pound cake (the not-so-low-calorie part of the dessert course). Hadn’t thought of adding honey, lemon juice and mint however. I’m sure my guests will be ecstatic. Because I adore nectarines I’ll look for a few of those to add to the mix. It’s always the saddest time of year for me when nectarine season is over. Because I live in NH I can only dream of having a nectarine tree in my yard :-)


  2. Array Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    The nectarines are perfect this time of year. In fact I just had one for breakfast mere minutes ago. I love fruit salad. I never considered adding a bit of mint. Great idea. I have it growing in my garden.

  3. Array Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Loving this simple salad! I’m all about fruit for dessert in summer :)

  4. Array aleehco

    I love fruit salads like this one, but I do add a little rum in the honey-lemon dressing and some toasted walnuts before serving. :)

    • Array Elise

      Oh, I like the rum idea, yum.

  5. Array Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today

    Fruit salad is a classic, always good for friends and for a party. I add honey and lemon juice as well :)

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