Summer fruit is an obvious choice for dessert, a juicy peach or a bowl of berries is always a simple and satisfying way to end a meal, but there’s also a savory side to this season’s fruit. Berries, stone fruit and watermelon make an excellent addition to summer salads.
Now when you hear the words “fruit” and “salad” together you might think I mean chopping up some ripe fruit and tossing it into a bowl, no what I’m talking about here is a sweet and savory dish filled with fresh herbs and a lively dressing that works both as an entrée or a light meal.
While there’s certainly nothing wrong with a traditional fruit salad it’s nice to shake things up and give it a savory twist every once in a while.
The charm lies in the combination of seemingly contradictory tastes that actually serves to heighten both the sweet and savory elements and bring a new complexity to the resulting dish.
Here I’ve paired cool and crunchy cucumber noodles with chunks of stone fruit like peaches and nectarines, along with watermelon and blueberries.
It’s a boldly colored affair with hints of fresh herbs and lime, and the perfect cooling summer salad to serve with just about anything on a hot day. The combination of fruit and cucumbers makes for a light and lively salad that’s utterly refreshing. A handful of herbs like mint and basil along with a drizzle of olive oil, a few chopped salty kalamata olives and a sprinkling of toasty pumpkin seeds turn this dish into a more savory affair. It’s everything great about summer in a bowl.
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