5 Cheese and Fruit Pairings for Summer
Originally published in June 2015; updated July 2022.
I’m a big cheese lover, and one of my favorite ways to enjoy a variety of cheeses is to pair them up with fresh fruit. Whether you prefer choosing from one of the many types of apples available year round, like to enjoy a sweet, ripe pear, or are looking for more seasonal fruit like cherries and peaches in the summer summer, fruit and cheese pairings are a great way to explore new flavor combinations.
Cheese pairings with fruit have started to become a staple around my household, and they are no longer only for special occasions. They make for an easy snack, appetizer recipe, or even light dinner. I’ve rounded up 5 delicious fruit and cheese pairings that are perfect for anytime of the week!
Read through my suggestions to see which will be your new favorite, and please share your own in the comments below.
What Kind of Cheese Goes With Fruit?
Try Chevre Cheese with Rainier Cherries:
Chevre, or goat cheese, is my personal favorite. I love it on salads, veggie tacos, and secretly enjoy it plain every now and then. Rainier cherries, also called golden cherries, are sweet and a great match for creamy, somewhat sharp goat cheese.
Pair Brie Cheese and Sweet Stemilt Cherries:
The silky texture and mild flavor of Brie cheese pairs well with the sweet-tart flavor burst and crisp bite of our dark-sweet cherry varieties. Bing cherries are next to harvest, and coming to supermarkets soon from our Washington State orchards.
Pairing them alongside Brie and a gourmet cracker makes for a delightful summertime snack.
Combine Sharp Aged Cheddar Cheese with Pink Lady® Apples:
This pairing is not short on flavor! The sharp taste of an aged cheddar cheese meets its match with sweet, tart, and somewhat effervescent Pink Lady® apples. Simply put a slice of sharp cheddar on top of a slice of crisp Pink Lady® apples, and you’ll be in for a delicious treat.
Blue Cheese + Yellow Peaches:
Blue cheese (or bleu cheese) is sharp and pungent, which makes it a great cheese to pair with sweet, juicy and slightly tangy peaches. Stemilt grows its entire crop of peaches organically, so keep an eye out for Artisan Organics peaches in July, August, and early September in order to enjoy this delicious pairing.
Enjoy D’Anjou Pears and Gouda Cheese:
Gouda is a mild-flavored cheese with a great semi-hard texture, and often comes in smoked varieties. Choose a smoked gouda cheese to pair with green d’Anjou pears, which are crisp with sweet and citrus flavor notes.
This combination is a great addition to any cheese board or fruit and cheese platter at your next summer get-together because it will please all palates.