Fruit salad can be lovely looks-wise, but somewhat boring taste-wise for some. There's nothing wrong with a simple fruit salad just made with cut up fruit, but if you want to really WOW your tasters, even male tasters, try this! My husband has never been a fan of fruit salad (he is after-all a meat and potatoes kind of guy at heart), but this one he actually loves and requests seconds of! Not only does my husband love it, but all 3 of my boys love it. I thought for sure when I first made it that they would find the honey lime mint flavor too strong or strange to them, but no such case. They really dig it!
This dressing combination turns an ordinary fruit salad into a complex tasting sweet sensation without a big fuss. For the mint I use whatever mint I might have available. I've used regular mint from the store and peppermint from our garden, and even a combo of both. They both taste great and don't taste much different in this salad. Mint and lime gives this salad the great unexpected zing and wow factor.
For Little Palates as well...
One might think such a dressing would only be liked by more sophisticated adult palates, but let me tell you the kids think this salad is like dessert, and I'm thrilled about that! This is one "dessert" I'm ok with giving them seconds or thirds of. There is no added sugar, just some raw local honey for a smidgen of extra sweetness to counteract the acidity of the lime and the balance is just right.
Melon & Berries
I just love this combination of melon and berries; for color and flavor sake. I prefer blueberries in this salad, but I'm sure any other stronger berries like blackberries or cut strawberries would hold up well as a substitute.
Give this Melon Fruit Salad a try as a dessert salad, side dish or party table addition and let me know how it goes over!Print