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15 Dishes to Celebrate Stone-Fruit Season

Jul 20 2014 - 5:00am

We're in the middle of peak stone fruit season, a time when farmers markets are overflowing with a bounty of succulent apricots, cherries, peaches, and their hybrids (like pluots and apriums). From salads to sangrias and sweet treats, here are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy this fruit family — aside from eating them out of hand, of course.

— Additional reporting by Emily Bibb and Susannah Chen

Photos: Nicole Perry and Anna Monette Roberts

Grilled Brie With Cherry-Thyme Relish

While throwing a wheel of brie into the oven creates a delightfully oozy appetizer, skip heating up your home with the oven's blistering heat, and instead get the brie good and gooey on the grill [1] before topping it with a juicy cherry-thyme relish.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Peach Blueberry Cobbler

A hint of vanilla and plenty of fruit ensure that this peach blueberry cobbler [2] will be one of the most divine Summer desserts that you'll ever have.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Pluot Salad

Combine sliced pluots — a plum-apricot hybrid — with edible flowers and butter lettuce for a juicy salad that screams Summer [3].

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Feta and Cherry Quinoa Salad

Make the most of cherry season with a cherry, quinoa, and feta salad [4] that's fast and easy to make and nearly as good as leftovers (a boon for brown bag lunches).

Photo: Nicole Perry

Strawberry-Peach Sangria

Sweet fruit, red wine, rum, and lemon juice combine for a strawberry and peach sangria [5] that'll have party guests clamoring for your recipe.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Tomato and Peach Salad

Liven up an average tomato salad [6] by adding sweet stone fruits like peaches to the mix.

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Blueberry Dutch Babies With Nectarines

Top off blueberry dutch babies [7] — a cross between popovers and pancakes — with sliced stone fruit, like nectarines.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Summer Fruit Salad With Mint

Apricots, berries, and mint come together to make a versatile fruit salad [8] that's equally at home at breakfast as it is at dessert.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Grilled Peach Salad With Goat Cheese

This hearty salad [9] has the right balance of creamy cheese and juicy fruit. It's extremely easy to make and pairs well with barbecued chicken or ribs.

Photo: Katie Sweeney

Ricotta and Cherry Focaccia Pizza

Rosemary-tinged Italian focaccia bread is the perfect vehicle for ricotta and Rainier cherries [10].

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Honey-Baked Nectarines With Vanilla Crème Fraiche

In this dessert, underripe nectarines transform from tough and overly toothsome [11] to sweet and succulent when halved, drizzled with honey, and baked in a hot oven until tender. A sprinkling of almond praline and vanilla crème fraiche makes them absolutely perfect.

Photo: Nicole Perry

White-Peach-Strawberry Sangria

Take a break from the classic red-wine-based sangria and try a peach version [12]. Consider this your party go-to!

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Grilled Peach Salad With Grapefruit Vinaigrette

If you're grilling up burgers, throw a few peaches on the grill too. This tangy peach salad [13] features grapefruit segments and a grapefruit dressing that helps balance the sweetness of the stone fruit.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Grilled Pound Cake With Cherries

Gussy up pound cake by first grilling it [14] and then topping it with sweet cherries, pistachios, and rose whipped cream.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Rockfish With Peach Salsa

Buy a boatload of ripe peaches, eat most of them out of hand, and save a few to make peach salsa to use as a sweet-tart topping for flaky, meaty rockfish fillets [15].

Photo: Susannah Chen

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