Macerated fruit is a great no-cook side. Macerating is much like marinating except with fruit and not vegetables or meat. Because there is no cooking involved, this makes a great go-to side dish during summer months.

Macerating fruit is so simple. Adding a sprinkling of granulated sugar or a splash of liquid like maple syrup, liquor, citrus juice, or even vinegar helps to draw out the liquid of the fruit. The addition of lemon or lime zest adds a nice freshness and a subtle acidity. It takes only a few minutes to begin drawing out the liquid from the fruit, but the longer you allow the mixture to sit the better it will be. I like to draw out the liquid for about 30 minutes. You can also sallow it to macerate it in the refrigerator overnight for excellent results especially when using fruit like grapes and blueberries.

While my family could eat these berries and their liquid all by itself, we love adorning them with this creamy fruit dip on top.


Creamy Fruit Dip


You can also add this creamy fruit dip to berries that have not been macerated.


Macerated Berries with a Creamy Dip


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Macerated Berries with a Creamy Fruit Dip

Macerated Berries
Prep Time:
5 min
Cook Time:
Total Time:
35 min

While my family could eat these berries and their liquid all by itself, we love adorning it with this creamy fruit dip.



  • 4 cups assorted berries like strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Zest of one lemon or lime
  • 1 (8-ounce) package Neufatchel cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons local honey or agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Milk, to desired consistency






  1. Wash all of the berries. Hull and slice the strawberries. Place all of the assorted berries in a large bowl.
  2. Sprinkle sugar over the top and stir. Add fresh lemon or lime zest; stir once more.
  3. Set aside to macerate.
  4. In a blender whip up cream cheese, honey, milk, vanilla and almond extracts and cinnamon until smooth. Add a few tablespoons of milk at a time until you reach a drizzling consistency.