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.

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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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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. 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. 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. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

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

  4. 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. :)

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  5. 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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