What do peaches, plums, apricots, cherries, and nectarines have in common? They’re all stone fruits, a.k.a. their pits are hard as stones. There’s nothing better than sitting in the shade and biting into one of them on a hot summer day. OK, maybe that’s a bit idealistic, but stone fruits are a versatile, sweet, and nutritious addition to your summer cooking. They work well in everything from desserts to salads to salsas, as showcased by these nine stone fruit recipes we’re drooling over.
IMHO, nectarines don’t get the love they deserve. But this gorgeous nectarine galette will make you want to run out to the store and stock up on the underappreciated fruit. Feel free to top it with an extra scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.
Although peaches are the perfect addition to creamy desserts, they also fit nicely in a savory salad. This one showcases warm, grilled peaches mixed with tart cherries, halloumi cheese, fresh greens, a touch of basil, and a drizzle of balsamic. This is the perfect lighter dish to bring to any cookout.
You know what’s better than a beautiful, bite-size, frozen dessert? One that’s only three ingredients and requires zero cooking. This one combines the sweet flavors of ripe cherries with rich, coconut Greek yogurt, and delivers a stone-fruit party in your mouth.
Mango goes so well with avocado and black beans that it’s almost like the three ingredients should never be eaten separately. Well, except for guac. Once you have this sweet and savory salsa, you may never want to go back to the boring old tomato kind.
What do you do with mini cast iron skillets? Make individualized peach crisps, of course! And these cute little desserts are portion controlled, so you don’t have to feel guilty about eating the whole thing.
We love the word tagine (say it with us, tah-jeen). If you’ve never had it before, tagine is a Moroccan stew-like dish that’s named after the pot that it’s cooked in. What’s a stew doing in a list of summer stone fruit recipes? Tagine traditionally contains apricots, and it’s so good you’ll want to eat it any time of year.
Who needs a banana split when you can have a grilled fruit sundae? This unique twist features corn muffin tops, whipped cream, and grilled stone fruit. If that doesn’t scream summer, I don’t know what does.
We’re going to make a bold statement here: Chocolate and cherries go together just as well as chocolate and peanut butter. Don’t believe us? Then you must try this chocolate cake with cherry purée right in the batter.
Want to know how to get a guy to eat Brussels sprouts? Top it with a beer pesto. Yeah, you read that right: beer pesto. Not to mention the sweet and nutritious apricots, because… balance.