When summer fruits are in season, it's great to have a nice, healthy salad laden with all these wonderful fruits. Those luscious strawberries, mangoes and watermelons are not year-round fruits, so enjoy them while you still can. There are easy ways to prepare salads using summer fruits, but if you're unsure of any recipe, here are four suggestions:
1. Simple Fruit Salad Mix
Here is an easy recipe using your choice of summer fruits. Combine 5 cups of sliced summer fruits into a bowl. For the dressing, take a third of a cup of water, half a cup of sugar and some orange juice. Mix them together. Pour the dressing onto the fruits, and then squeeze some lemon juice for additional flavor and to avoid discoloration. Add some mint leaves and toss the salad. Keep in the fridge overnight and enjoy the next day for a cool treat.
2. Fruity Summer Salad
Take pleasure from sweet summer fruits with a touch of tanginess from the dressing. Take a cup of freshly picked medium-size strawberries. Add sliced oranges and kiwis, and a cup of grapes, and then arrange all summer fruits on a platter. Set aside. On a small bowl, combine plain yogurt and a few tablespoons each of honey, sour cream and mayonnaise. Stir vigorously until fully mixed. Serve the fruity salad with dressing on the side.
3. Summer Berries Dessert Salad
Berries are considered the best among the summer fruits, so here is a recipe for you to indulge in. Take 2 cups each of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, and then spread them on a baking sheet. Squeeze lemon and orange juice on the berries, and then sprinkle some sugar. Manually mix the berries to ensure they are all well coated. Preheat the oven up to 250 degrees, and then bake the berry mix for 20 minutes. Serve hot with a bit of fresh cream.
4. Tomato Mango Salad
Have a taste of the exotic tropical islands with this appetizing salad consisting of the freshest summer fruits. Cut open a ripe mango and slice it so you can remove the seed. Slice the mango into cubes and toss them into a mixing bowl. Add a few thinly sliced cucumber strips, a handful of shredded carrots and some shredded romaine lettuce (make sure to blanch this beforehand). Put in some fresh cherry tomatoes, and then mix together. In a separate bowl put some lemon juice, a tablespoon of grainy mustard and extra virgin olive oil, and then sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Blend well to make the dressing, and then pour over the tomato mango mix to finish the salad.
Not all summer fruits can be kept well beyond summer. You can freeze berries to last for a few months, but freezing may not work well for other summer fruits.