Simplest Summer Fruit Melange

July 3rd, 2008  |  Published in All, Fantastic Fruits, Honorable Herbs, Weeknight Recipes  |  8 Comments

Summer Fruit Melange

Simplest Summer Fruit Melange

1 handful strawberries, trimmed & sliced
1 handful blackberries
1 handful sweet cherries, pitted & halved
1-2 T. fresh mint, chopped
1/2 T. balsamic vinegar

Combine strawberries, blackberries, cherries, and mint in a bowl.  Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and toss to coat.

Note: You can cut and mix the fruit ahead of time, but don’t add the mint or vinegar until you’re about to serve it — otherwise the mint turns a bit brown and the balsamic will overpower the flavor of the fruit.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Here’s another dish that barely qualifies as a recipe, but is so delicious that I wanted to share… simple summer fruit salad with fresh mint and balsamic — it’s sweet, tangy, minty, a little savory, and surprisingly, with just two additional ingredients, it’s leaps and bounds beyond plain mixed berries or fruit salad.

During these warm summer months I find myself eating a lot of simple, barely-prepared foods, favoring raw preparations and allowing the natural flavors of summer produce to shine.  As much as I love fall and winter vegetables, most of these you simply can’t enjoy raw — imagine, raw butternut squash?? raw turnips?? raw rutabaga?? no thank you!

So, while I can, I bathe in the loveliness of raw summer produce — tomato salads, stone fruit (with or without a touch of warm honey), berries, raw corn (yep, if it’s super fresh, corn is absolutely delicious raw), fresh leafy herbs, juicy peppers, crisp cucumbers with a pinch of salt — ah!  even though it’s July, these delicacies are just getting into full swing at the farmer’s market.  I am looking forward to 2-3 months of harvest!

This fruit salad may even make an appearance at our July 5th BBQ (yep, 5th) — instead of celebrating on the 4th, we’re BBQ-ing on the 5th, then heading to a Stevie Wonder concert at Shoreline Amphitheater…  gotta love Stevie!  Are you making anything special for the 4th? or 5th? :)

« | Home | »

Most Popular