This fresh fruit salad is all you need now guys. Trust me. I’m a chef! I’m also a fresh fruit salad addict in the summer. Where I grew up we used to have scorchers of up to 45 C. I mean what could be better than an ice-cold melon bowl. Filled with wonderfully sweet seasonal berries and an array of the sweetest chubbiest cherries money can buy? To jazz it up a bit for those of you who find fresh fruit salad boring – I’ve added a little something special…
I have to let you in on a small secret. I never intended on putting a fresh fruit salad on this blog. Reason being that there are millions of them out there. What changed my mind you might ask. Simple. I walked around the market buying these awesome berries and cherries and stumbled upon my special ingredient.
Dill blossom!!! We normally use the blossom in pickled and preserves like cucumbers or green tomatoes or dry it out and use it as a savoury salad spice. This time however it was clear as day that these sweet aniseedy dill blossoms would work a treat with a fresh fruit salad. They lift up the flavour of the fruit and with a touch of mint it would be my perfect snack on a hot summers day. That was not the end of it though.
“Trust me. I’m a chef! I’m also a fresh fruit salad addict”
“Would you like one? Uh(completely lost in memory land and my mouth hanging open). Nostalgia is a wonderful thing my friends. Enjoy responsibly. I eventually picked a small round melon called a kolkhoznitsa melon(I currently live in Russia). They are the sweetest fleshiest and juiciest melons you can sink your teeth into. Alternatively get any melon you please depending on the amount of mouths you need to feed.
Of to home I went with a basket of the most amazing produce and a burning need for something completely refreshing.
OHHH so berry delicious!!! Drumroll. Here all week folks!
Selection of yellow, sweet, sour and blush cherries. What a find!
I decided to make a little dressing for my fresh fruit salad by scooping out the seeds from the melon, mixing it with a touch of sugar(to draw out the juices) and passing it through a colander. This step is optional but, I totally recommend you to do it. It would be a sin not to.
The drink of angels. Don’t drink it though. We need it. However tempting.You naughty…
That’s ok. a Little taste is fine. Next we want to scoop out the flesh of the melon with a spoon in nice natural looking chunks. Wash the berries and cherries gently and add the lot into bowl or in my case my frying pan(space was an issue). Snip up some mint leaves and add a few dill blossoms. Our magic ingredient.
At this point I had to fight the urge not to eat anymore of them damn good cherries. I mean look at them!!! Sexy is an understatement!!!
Add the juice if you didn’t succumb to temptation and give the fresh fruit salad a gentle mix. If you wish you could also add a little squeeze of lime juice at this point. Great having a pro teach you all these little tricks isn’t it. Yeah, I know. I should but, for you. for free!
Now that’s our fresh fruit salad looks this sexy and tastes so awesome we will scoop it back into the melon. Why? Because why! That’s why! Plus it looks so much sexier in a melon bowl than a ceramic bowl. See for yourself.
That folks… is what I call a fresh fruit salad bowl!!!
Enjoy it, share it and have your say.
Oh yeah before I forget. You won’t find anything this sexy for under 89 calories.
Note: I assume you can read and for that reason realise that the cherries contain stones. If it bothers you then take them out or leave them out. If you as cool as I think you are then ignore this note. Love ya! ta-ta
If you like a bit of healthy living check out this beetroot, ginger and apple juice