Feeling Fruity

Summer is the season of freshness. Everything from juicy melons to tart berries and everything in between is coming to you from local farms, so now is the time to get the most out of what they have to offer. A week doesn't go by this time of the year without me including fresh fruit in my meals. And, if I'm particularly lucky, I can showcase several of my favorites in a fruit salad coated in a simple dressing:

The combination of fruit in this particular salad isn't the important part of this recipe. It can be summed up as a typical berry-melon salad. However, the sweet and tangy dressing consisting of two ingredients and a little heat is really amazing. It's my go-to fruit salad dressing and I use it to coat nearly all of the summer fruit salads I put together. You could use a 50/50 split of lime juice and spirits to give it a more adult flavor, but unless I'm sure kids won't be enjoying a particular fruit salad, I opt for just the fruit juice.

The colors in this fruit salad are really striking, but you could opt for a monochromatic look, too. I am thinking that a salad of green grapes, kiwi, and honeydew melon would be particularly fetching and delicious. Or try your hand at something involving several kinds of stone fruit for something a little different. Either way, the dressing from this salad will work for them, too! So get out there and enjoy some fresh fruit before colder weather comes our way!

Honey-Lime Fruit Salad

  • 2 c. cubed seedless watermelon
  • 2 c. cubed cantaloupe
  • 1 1/2 c. red seedless grapes
  • 1 1/2 c. blueberries
  • 1 1/2 c. mulberries
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 2 T. lime juice

Combine the fruit in a large bowl.

Place the honey and lime juice in a small microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds. Stir to combine.

Pour the dressing over the fruit and toss to evenly coat the fruit.

  • Yields: 6-8 servings
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes

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