Summertime Fruit Salad

June 5, 2009

Summertime Fruit Salad

Summertime Fruit Salad

How can anyone resist the beautiful fresh fruit at the market these days? We are so fortunate to have a Trader Joe’s nearby. We always have a great selection of fruit and the icing on the cake is that it’s reasonably priced. We don’t pay an arm and a leg for a small container of raspberries or blueberries.

I buy my berries at Trader Joe’s every week, but most of the time no one helps me eat them, so I’m careful not to buy more than I can eat by myself. Since I’m trying to help SirHoney eat more fruit, I bought more on my last shopping trip so I could make a nice fruit salad.

When I got home, I decided to browse through Cooking Light’s website for some ideas for a light fruit salad recipe. I was inspired by this Summertime Fruit Salad recipe, but I omitted so many things, it’s really not even the same recipe anymore. If I were to make this fruit salad for a dessert, I would have included the simple syrup and the whipped cream topping which both include Chambord.

On this particular day, I was just making a nice fruit salad for breakfast, so I didn’t want the sugar, cream or Chambord.  (It’s basically just a big bowl of fruit, so I almost feel bad calling it a recipe.) Here’s what I came up with.

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Summertime Fruit Salad

1 c. blueberries
1 c. sliced strawberries
1 c. red, purple & green grapes
1 c. diced pineapple
1 c. raspberries
1/4 c. chopped walnuts

Combine first four ingredients in a medium size bowl, then gently toss in the raspberries. Serve in individual bowls and top with the walnuts.

I really wanted to include blackberries in this fruit salad, but for some reason, the guys don’t like them, so I left them out.  I did add blackberries to my serving and then poured it all on top of a bowl of nonfat vanilla yogurt and sprinkled with a few chopped walnuts. If serving immediately, I would also add some sliced banana.

I loved this fruit salad, and guess what, so did the guys! What an easy way to get them both to eat more fruit!

~LilSis

5 Comments so far

  1. Posted by grace

    June 5, 200911:35 am

    GORGEOUS. i love fresh fruit and i’ll eat it at every opportunity. your photos are stunning.

  2. Posted by LilSis

    June 5, 20091:45 pm

    Thanks so much, Grace! I stocked up again today, so I’ll be making the same fruit salad again this weekend. Amazing how if I just kept it in the cartons they won’t eat it, yet throw it all in one bowl and presto it disappears!

    I appreciate the compliment on the photos. I am always impressed by your photography!

  3. Posted by Mrs. L

    June 5, 20094:11 pm

    Yum. This makes me wish the farmers market wasn’t two days away. I can’t wait to get some fresh fruit from there.

  4. Posted by noble pig

    June 5, 20099:37 pm

    Yum, very refreshing!

  5. Posted by BigSis

    June 8, 20095:33 pm

    Those photos showcase the best thing about summer…incredible fruit! I would totally make that and just leave out the grapes since I’m allergic.

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