Macerated Cherries with Ricotta, Almonds and Mint

Serve this sweet and tangy macerated cherry recipe over crostini at your next brunch. It also works well as a dessert option for those who have less of a sweet tooth! Honey and sherry vinegar add a wonderful depth of flavor to the cherries, while ricotta cheese adds creaminess. Torn mint leaves add a refreshing kick, and toasted almonds add crunch. 

Macerated Cherries with Ricotta, Mint, and Almonds, served in a bowl. Surrounded by crostini and fresh mint on a blue backdrop.

I know that fall produce gets everyone excited, but I’m partial to spring. Berries, stone fruits, summer squash on the grill… what’s not to love?

A macerated cherries recipe in a bowl with ricotta cheese, almonds and mint.

We’ve been having an intense heat wave, and I haven’t wanted to turn on the oven. This is convenient, since my oven just died. Right now, this is satisfying my sweet tooth.

I have a major sweet tooth, but I realize not everyone is into dessert. If this sounds like you, these macerated cherries might be right up your alley! Not only does it work as a light dessert, it can also be served over crostini as a brunch option or party appetizer.

Sherry vinegar adds a mild acidity, but red wine vinegar or balsamic could be substituted.

A photo of cherries macerated in honey and sherry vinegar, served over ricotta cheese and topped with almonds and mint.

Looking For More Cherry Recipes?

Check out my Brandied Cherry Jam, Drunken Cherry Ice Cream, and Cherry Vanilla Muffins! I also love this Cherry Pina Colada from Or Whatever You Do.

Macerated Cherries Recipe with Ricotta, Mint, and Almonds
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Macerated Cherries with Ricotta, Mint, and Almonds

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This simple macerated cherries recipe is a wonderful brunch option, and it’s also a great dessert for those who aren’t a fan of traditional sweets!
Course Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword macerated cherries
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 - 8 servings
Calories 190


  • 1 pint cherries, pitted and halved
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • Optional: kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup slivered or sliced almonds
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, torn
  • Optional: crostini for serving


  • In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the cherries, honey, and sherry vinegar. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, if using. Set aside for 20-30 minutes, stirring periodically, until some of the juices have extracted from the cherries and combined with the honey and vinegar.
  • While the cherries are macerating, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the almonds in a single layer on a sheet pan, and toast for 5-7 minutes until golden and fragrant, shaking the pan once or twice to ensure even toasting. Set aside to cool.
  • Spoon the ricotta into serving bowls or spread onto crostini. Top with cherries, almonds and mint. Serve immediately.


To save time, you can purchase toasted slivered or sliced almonds. Sherry vinegar adds a mild acidity that doesn't overpower the flavor of the cherries, but red wine vinegar or balsamic could also be used. Recipe adapted from Serious Eats


Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 238mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1% | Vitamin C: 6.7% | Calcium: 14.7% | Iron: 3.7%

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About Jennifer Farley

Jennifer graduated from the Culinary Arts program at L’Academie de Cuisine in Maryland, and has worked professionally as a line cook, pastry chef, and cooking instructor. Her cookbook, The Gourmet Kitchen, was published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster.

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