Stone Fruit Salad with Yogurt, Honey, & Mint

Stone Fruit Salad with Yogurt, Honey, and Mint | Will Cook For Friends

This is just to say:

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox
and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast
forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

-William Carlos Williams

Stone Fruit Salad with Yogurt, Honey, and Mint | Will Cook For Friends
Stone Fruit Salad with Yogurt, Honey, and Mint | Will Cook For Friends

I am not partial to the long, sweat-soaked days of summer. Nor do I appreciate the buzz of mosquitoes tormenting me every time I dare to leave the house, or the the perpetual struggle to find a shady spot to park. No, I probably wouldn’t name summer my favorite season, that place is held for Spring, or maybe Fall, with their crisp scents and vibrant personalities.

I do, however, appreciate fruit. And there is nothing like the sweet, juicy nectar of a peach running down my chin to make me forget even my slightest troubles.

When taking a bite of something perfectly ripe causes you to stop in your tracks and forget everything else around you… well, that’s what food should be like. Pulling you into the now, and making you savor every delicious moment.

And that’s exactly what this salad does. Fresh, and simple. The key to success with this recipe is to use only the ripest fruit you can find. I chose peaches, nectarines, plums, and apricots. The second key to success is, don’t mess with perfection. You can grill them, or leave them fresh, or a combination of both, as I did. I adore the variation in temperature and flavor, biting into a hot, grilled slice of peach, then a cold, juicy plum. Served with a dollop of yogurt, a drizzle of honey, and just a kiss of mint is all you need.

Summer, you are quickly growing on me.

Stone Fruit Salad with Yogurt, Honey, and Mint | Will Cook For Friends

What’s your favorite summer fruit? Let me know in the comments below, and then we can happy dance together at just how awesome this season can be.

Stone Fruit Salad with Yogurt, Honey, & Mint
 
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Recipe type: Salad, Desserts
Ingredients
  • Stone fruit of choice (I used peaches, nectarines, plums, and apricots -- maybe 5-6 fruit in total)
  • Dollop of plain, full-fat, Greek yogurt (about ½ cup)
  • Drizzle of honey, to taste (maybe 2 TBSP, but don't go overboard)
  • Chiffonade of fresh mint (maybe 3-4 mint leaves, plus more for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Wash and cut your fruit. You can cut them into halves, quarters, eighths, or a variety of sizes as I did. There are no rules, here.
  2. Optionally, grill the fruit. I chose to grill only the firmest of the fruits, like the peaches, because the more delicate ones -- such as the apricots -- tend to soften and fall apart very quickly. I prefer to grill some, while leaving others fresh and cold, for more variation of flavors and temperatures. I suggest brushing the cut-side of the fruit with a little coconut oil prior to grilling, to help prevent stickage.
  3. Place a big dollop of yogurt on your plate or serving platter. If the taste of plain yogurt is a little too tart for you, mix some honey into it first. Arrange the fruit on top of the yogurt, then drizzle with a little extra honey (not too much), and sprinkle with freshly chopped mint.
  4. Devour.
Notes
There really are no measurements to this recipe, only suggestions. Feel free to use more yogurt, more mint, whatever sounds best to you. The recipe as written is plenty for two people (ahem, or just me, alone, on a hot evening), but can easily be scaled up for a party or potluck. Just be warned, however much you make will disappear quickly!

 

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12 Responses to Stone Fruit Salad with Yogurt, Honey, & Mint

  1. movita beaucoup July 10, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    Summer is probably my least favourite season, though I do love days by the ocean and munching on sweet, drippy fruit. Your photos have me craving all the fruit. ALL THE FRUIT. Thankfully, I’ll be eating strawberries by the sea this weekend…

  2. Mike (Nomadic Texan) July 11, 2014 at 12:27 am #

    I love grilled fruit and will have to try this salad. It looks so tasty!!!
    Mike

  3. Gina July 11, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

    Ugh this is GORGEOUS! I know what I’m grilling this weekend.

  4. valentina July 15, 2014 at 11:13 pm #

    Just had to take a moment to tell you how stunning these images are. Truly beautiful — I’d hang them on my wall. (And of course it looks delicious!)

    • Willow July 18, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

      Wow, thank you so much for the compliment! :)

  5. Carrie Pacini July 16, 2014 at 9:00 am #

    The stone fruit look gorgeous!

  6. Simone July 17, 2014 at 5:28 am #

    O boy, this looks like absolute perfection to me! I love stonefruits most and cherries are another one of my favorite, next to peaches and nectarines. O and well, maybe all fruits of summer as I do love strawberries as well and any other kind of berry.. ;)

  7. Jennie @themessybakerblog July 18, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    I’m always allowing myself to be pulled into the now. Take today, for example. I devoured three tacos in complete bliss. This salad looks gorgeous.

  8. Jeanette July 20, 2014 at 12:25 am #

    The pictures were enough to grab my attention. I love fruit salads and this looks so fresh and simple with the mint scattered through. Thanks

  9. DessertForTwo July 24, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    This is beautiful! I would so eat this for breakfast! Daily!

  10. Amy @ Elephant Eats July 25, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    I absolutely love that first photograph…it’s so quintessentially summer! Not to mention it looks soooo juicy and delicious. During my pregnancy I’ve been majorly craving all fruits and make myself fruit salad constantly. I’m definitely making this soon!!

    • Willow July 25, 2014 at 11:52 pm #

      Oh, I hope you like it! I have been having daydreams about the salad ever since I made it… seriously need to go pick up some more peaches! :)

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