Recipe: Fruit Salad with Lemon-Lavender Syrup

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This fruit salad is decidedly more grown-up than the classic picnic version — the one where you were always trying to avoid one thing or another (cantaloupe, anyone?). With a sophisticated drizzle of  lavender-scented syrup, this summery salad is a great way to make use of all the luscious stone fruits of July.

Recipe: Stone Fruit Salad with Lemon-Lavender Syrup

Photo by Katie Morris

Inspired by The Kitchy Kitchen.  Serves 4 to 6.

What You'll Need:

5 to 7 pounds ripe stone fruit (I used a mix of nectarines, peaches, plums, apricots, and cherries)
1/4 cup sugar (or your favorite sugar substitute like honey or agave)
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh lavender buds (or 1/2 tablespoon dried lavender buds)*

What to Do:

  1. In a small saucepan, mix sugar, water, and lemon juice and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir to dissolve sugar.
  2. Add lavender buds and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes more. Remove from heat and set aside. Let steep for at least 15 minutes.
  3. While syrup and steeping, wash and pit the fruit and cut into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Mix fruit in a large bowl and drizzle with the lemon-lavender syrup. Refrigerate for at least an hour or up to 1 or 2 days.
  5. Serve chilled and enjoy!

*No idea where to pick up some lavender buds? Check your local natural foods store or some higher end grocery stores!

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