Simple Fruit Salad

by Sara on August 19, 2009

simple fruit salad

Fragrant and sweet, local melon is hands-down one of my favorite things about summer. So when I arrived at the farmers’ market this weekend and was greeted by the perfume of melon, it was difficult to contain my excitement.

simple fruit salad

I could tell by the aroma that this melon wouldn’t last long; I could tell it was ripe, but it was almost bordering on overripe. In other words, it was perfect at that moment. To extend its life just a bit, I decided to turn it into a salad by adding the strawberries I picked up from the market, and some blueberries I had in the fridge. The mint came from my own garden, and the rest? Well, the rest of the salad simply came together by looking through my cupboards and fridge.


When I say this salad is simple, I’m not kidding. But I firmly believe that when you have superior produce, it does not need much adornment.

Simple Fruit Salad

1 medium cantaloupe
1 pint strawberries
1 c blueberries
1 tsp orange zest
2 T freshly squeezed orange juice
1-2 T runny honey (to taste)
2 T spiced rum
pinch of salt
2 T mint, cut into chiffonade

Using a melon baller, cut the melon and place pieces in a large bowl (you can also cut the melon into chunks). Half or quarter strawberries, depending on their size, and add blueberries to the salad. Add the orange zest and juice to the bowl.

Run the bottle of honey under hot water or microwave for 5 to 10 seconds. Pour honey and rum over the fruit, and add a pinch of salt. Stir carefully to mix. Garnish with mint.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Ellie@Almostbourdain August 19, 2009 at 6:54 pm

I love fruit salad. They are so yummy and healthy. Can’t wait for summer to make lots of it.

Sara August 19, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Ellie, I feel a little bad posting about the summer salad, but then I remind myself that I’m the one currently stuck with the humidity (and bad hair)…my turn to drool over your summer treats will come in a few months.

Tanya August 20, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Fruit salads are my favorite way to cool down in the summer. This looks delish!

Sara August 24, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Tanya, I couldn’t agree more. Thanks!

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