September 2, 2012

Lemon Honey Stone Fruit Salad

Sadly, the last of this year's blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries have come and gone.  That means another year of waiting until they are fresh and in season again.


Thankfully, just as berries go out of style season, stone fruits come in!  So what - exactly - are stone fruits?!  Well:
  • peaches, nectarines, apricots, mangoes, avocados (yes, it's a fruit - not a vegetable!)and plums are characterized as "stone fruits;"
  • so-called because of the stone-like seed inside, these fruits ripen in late summer and early fall; and
  • among other benefits, stone fruits:
    • create collagen;
    • care for your nerves and muscles;
    • sharpen eyesight;
    • strengthen bones; and
    • aid in digestion (Source).

Pretty good report card eh?!

Since I love both peaches and nectarines, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that both fruits boast up to five times more antioxidants than previously thought (that's because some of them are "unlocked" during the digestive process)AND - perhaps even more exciting - stone fruits are known for curbing appetite and providing a sense of fullness.

Sounds like the perfect snack to me!

The lemon-honey dressing for the salad is out. of. this. world. delicious!  I could have drank a glass full of it...yes - it was that good.

Lemon Honey Stone Fruit Salad
Serves 2-3

1 medium peach, washed and diced into bite-size pieces
1 medium nectarine, washed and diced into bite-size pieces
1 medium-to-large plum, washed and diced into bite-size pieces
zest of one lemon
juice of half a lemon
2T (scant) honey

  • Place the peach, nectarine, and plum in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Zest the lemon on top of the fruit.
  • Add the lemon juice and honey to the fruit.
  • Toss to incorporate.
  • Transfer to a small bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (or up to two hours).
  • Serve chilled.

Can you see the little specs of lemon zest?!  

As a sidenote, I am LOVING the natural light in these photos.  Note to self:  make more recipes in the middle of the day so that I can take pictures of them in the sunlight!

Question of the Day:

What is/are your favorite fruit(s)?!  I LOVE apples, really good peaches, and almost any type of berry (unfortunately, the season for berries is far too short in my opinion).

Ally and Bo

No comments:

Post a Comment