Fresh, light and oh so tasty! Fruit salad is one of my family’s favorites!
To make the perfect mix, start with the freshest fruit available. For crunch and a more savory flavor add your favorite nuts. (If there are nut allergies in the family, or to be on the safe side, use sesame seeds instead.) Then add a sweet dressing and you’re done!
Here are five recipes for your next springtime picnic or impromptu brunch with the neighborhood moms – all made with just a few basic fruits:
Berry-licious Fruit Salad
Rinse the strawberries with water to start the Berry-licious fruit salad. Cut off the green stems on the strawberries. Rinse the blackberries carefully since they are delicate. Gently pat the fruits dry with a paper towel. Set aside. Rinse off fresh baby spinach leaves and dry those. Remove any long or tough stems. Toss in some sesame seeds and toss the salad with honey mustard dressing. Serve immediately.
Summer Fun Fruit Salad
Grapes, blueberries, peaches, plums
Toss together a summer fun fruit salad that kids will love. Wash and dry off seedless red grapes and blueberries, removing all stems. Dice up some peaches and plums. Leave the skin on the plums for extra fiber and to add color. Stir in some lemon juice.
Melon Ball Dream Salad
Watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe
Make a mid-summer melon ball dream salad with fresh melons. Cut watermelon, honeydew melon and cantaloupe in half. Spoon the seeds out of the cantaloupe and honeydew. Use the melon baller to make uniform melon balls. Toss with lime juice and fresh cilantro. If cilantro is not a flavor your family likes, use fresh mint instead.
Granny Smith Apple Salad
Apples, grapes, walnuts
Make an end of summer fall fruit salad. Core and dice your favorite apple variety. For a tart balance use Granny Smith apples. For a crisp fruit salad opt for Macoun apples. Leave the peel on the apples. Cut some green, seedless grapes in half. Add walnuts for a crunchy texture. If there are nut allergies, opt for pomegranate seeds instead. Toss with poppy seed dressing and serve on top of fresh baby field greens or your favorite lettuce.
Tropical Oasis Fruit Salad
Mangoes, oranges, coconut, macadamia nuts
Create a tropical oasis fruit salad with fresh pineapple. Add sliced mangoes, oranges, shredded coconut and macadamia nuts. If the mangoes are too strong of a flavor, replace them with sliced bananas. For added flavor, skewer the fruit, brush with honey and grill for a few minutes on an outdoor grill.