Healthy Nectarine Recipes

Find healthy, delicious nectarine recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Nectarine & Prosciutto Salad

Rating: 4 stars 1
Sweet ripe nectarines pair with peppery arugula and a hit of salty Parmesan and prosciutto in this outstanding side salad.

Nectarine & Strawberry Parfait

The nectarines, strawberries and cream in this strawberry parfait recipe are laced with a sweet wine syrup. For a party, make the components ahead and assemble the strawberry parfaits when you're ready to serve.

Grilled Ancho Chicken Breasts & Apricot Salsa

Rating: 5 stars 1
In this healthy grilled chicken recipe, ancho chile powder adds a rich, mild flavor to lean chicken breasts. If you can't find ancho chile powder, feel free to use mild chili powder in its place. A vibrant salsa with avocado and grilled apricots, nectarines and/or peaches completes the pretty picture. Grilling not-quite-ripe stone fruit is a mouth­watering way to bring out its natural flavor and sweetness--plus, the fruit is grilled right alongside the chicken, making for a quick recipe.

Nectarine Blueberry Crisp

In this tasty, easy-to-prepare dessert, nectarines and blueberries are sweetened with brown sugar and topped with a crunchy pistachio-oat topping.

Grilled Chicken & Nectarine Chopped Salad

For a more elegant presentation, arrange the ingredients for this main-course chicken and nectarine salad recipe separately on a large serving platter instead of combining them in a large bowl. Drizzle with the honey-dijon dressing just before serving.

Stone-Fruit Pavlova

This pavlova is a great way to show off fruit that's at its peak, plus it's super-adaptable. The easy-to-make meringue, which is crisp outside and marshmallow-like inside, can be topped with any assortment of stone fruits and berries that are ripe and ready. Bonus points for the fact that this impressive summer dessert requires just 25 minutes of active prep time.

Stone-Fruit Crostatas with Cream Cheese Crust

When you have a hankering for pie, try making crostatas instead. These open-face hand-pies are just right to highlight the sunshine flavor of fresh ripe peaches, nectarines, plums or pluots. Sprinkle a little sugar on top before baking for extra sparkle and crunch. This is a great summer dessert for any party and can even be made ahead.

Grilled Nectarines with Mascarpone Cream

Rating: 5 stars 1
Serve these grilled nectarines with lightly sweetened mascarpone (Italian cream cheese) as a first course or a sophisticated dessert. Look for balsamic glaze near balsamic vinegar in well-stocked supermarkets or use honey for a sweeter taste.

Brandied Nectarines

Perfumed with vanilla and brandy, these nectarines are elegant in their simplicity. Use only perfectly ripe, juicy fruit.

Fresh Fruit with Creamy Sauce

Applesauce, cottage cheese, and honey make this delightful sauce to serve with fruit. Any seasonal fruits are delicious with this recipe.

Grilled Chicken & Polenta with Nectarine-Blackberry Salsa

Rating: 5 stars 4
Grilled nectarines and fresh blackberries turn into a summery salsa to top cumin-rubbed chicken and polenta in a dish that's special enough for weeknight entertaining. Make it a meal: Serve with a spinach salad and a crisp glass of rosé.

Tuna-Nectarine Salad with Bread Toasts

This easy to make, refreshing salad is perfect for a hot summer day.

Inspiration and Ideas

Nectarine & Prosciutto Pizza
Rating: Unrated 2
Here sweet ripe nectarines and salty prosciutto ham are arranged on a crust slathered with basil pesto and sprinkled with assertive blue and provolone cheeses. If you haven't tried pizza on the grill, you're missing one of the joys of outdoor cooking. Once you've mastered this technique, use it with any selection of toppings that float your boat.
Nectarine Scones
Rating: Unrated 2
This easy scone recipe calls for nectarines, but try swapping in different stone fruits, such as peaches and plums, as they ripen throughout the season. Serve for brunch or afternoon tea.
Stuffed Nectarines

A filling of spicy gingersnaps and brown sugar is a lovely contrast to the sweet baked nectarine.