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Orange-and-Basil Macerated Cherries

Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Marian Cooper Cairns

Hands-on time 20 mins
Total time 1 hr, 30 mins

Makes 6 to 8 servings

This light yet satisfying fruit salad pairs perfectly with Ricotta cheese. 


  • 1 pound fresh cherries, pitted
  • 1 tablespoon firmly packed orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Ricotta cheese

How to Make It

  1. Cut half of cherries in half crosswise. Place whole cherries and cherry halves in a large bowl; add zest and next 4 ingredients, tossing to coat. Cover and chill 1 hour.

  2. Remove cherries from refrigerator, and let stand 10 minutes. Spoon over ricotta cheese, and serve immediately.