There’s nothing quite like indulging in fresh fruit in the summer time, and this gussied up Rainbow Fruit Salad with Citrus-Honey Dressing and Fresh Mint is a colorful and delicious way to enjoy it!
Reaching for a fresh, juicy, vibrantly colorful and wonderfully flavorful piece of fresh fruit in the summer time is about as natural for me as drinking a tall glass of water when I’m thirsty.
Gorgeous fruit, with all of its amazing colors, various textures and distinctly nuanced flavors is abundantly available to us in the summer season, and possesses an aroma that intoxicates and beckons from whatever little bowl it sits in, or whatever chilled drawer in the fridge it’s housed in.
Candy-like peaches and nectarines contain an almost floral quality that is both slightly sharp yet almost creamy, and strawberries are at their sweetest and most flaming-red right now, with the plump little purple buttons that are blueberries, their most juiciest.
Prickly-skinned pineapples and soft-fleshed mangos offers us a fragrant taste of the tropics, and bring a bit of tangy brightness into the mix.
Preparing a sweet and delicious mosaic of a fruit salad is one of my favorite things to do in the summer time, because any meal becomes that much more complete with this healthy and inviting side, and breakfast or an afternoon snack becomes a natural source of sweet energy that refreshes with each bite.
Warm summer days filled with fresh air and bright golden sunlight go ever so deliciously and naturally with a big bowl of freshly prepared fruit salad, and I personally really enjoy jazzing a salad like this up just a touch, making it into a slightly more flavorful pleasure, one that very easily can take the place of traditional dessert.
Fresh cut pineapple, mango, and berries come together, which would be plenty delicious and tempting, but it doesn’t stop there.
Tangy aromatic citrus is combined with a kiss of honey for a sweet and juicy way to dress this salad, plus cool green mint is added in to highlight the flavors of the fruits and give it a slightly more refined twist.
So healthy, so enjoyable, and so cooling on a hot summer day.
And so gorgeous to bring as an offering for the table for a summer BBQ, picnic, or party!
For me, summer just wouldn’t be complete without the freshly floral notes of perfectly ripe fruit that’s waiting to be indulged in.
It goes so sweetly and so naturally together with this time of year, just the way that the warm breeze and lounging on a little blanket in the park goes so perfectly hand in hand.
And for me, little sounds better than enjoying both of those distinctly summery things together, right about now.
Taste what’s good and pass it on.
Rainbow Fruit Salad with Citrus-Honey Dressing and Fresh Mint
by Ingrid Beer
Yield: Serves about 6
• 1 small fresh pineapple (or ½ large one), cored and cut into small wedges/pieces
• 1 mango, peeled and cut into small cubes
• 1 peach, sliced and cut into smaller pieces
• 1 nectarine, sliced and cut into smaller pieces
• ½ pound strawberries, hulled and quartered
• 1 medium-size package (about 11 ounces) fresh blueberries
• Citrus-Honey Dressing (recipe below)
• 1 tablespoon finely chopped or julienned fresh mint leaves
-Add all the cut fruit to a large bowl, and if not cold already, chill for about 30 minutes.
-Pour the Citrus Honey Dressing over it, and sprinkle in the julienned/chopped mint; toss everything together, and serve immediately. (If making slightly ahead, you can just keep the cut fruit in a bowl in the fridge, and when ready to serve, toss with the citrus-honey dressing and the mint, and serve.)
Citrus-Honey Dressing Ingredients:
• 2 tablespoons honey
• 1 teaspoon orange zest
• 1 teaspoon lime zest
• 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed orange juice
• ½ tablespoon fresh lime juice
-Add all ingredients to a small bowl, and whisk together until well-combined; use immediately, or keep covered and refrigerated until read to use. (Best used as soon as possible after being prepared for best flavor.)