No summer party is complete without a unique fruit salad that comes together in no time at all. I complete this salad with mozzarella and a light healthy dressing, making this a crowd pleaser!
What goes in a fruit salad?
Loads of different kinds of fruit can be mixed and matched based on dietary needs and personal taste. In this recipe I used watermelon, blueberries, cherries, strawberries, and blackberries to create a 4th of July themed salad. However, the fruit can be swapped out for favorites. Some favorites are cantaloupe, oranges, raspberries, apples, and honeydew. The possibilities are endless.
How did you get the shapes?
Normally, I’m not one for extra work when it comes to cooking, but how cute are those stars? I used a star cookie cutter I picked up from William Sonoma and pressed it into slices of watermelon. I also cut sunglasses, but they broke. Hey, you win some and you lose some!
Tips and thoughts about this salad.
You can make fruit salad ahead of time. In fact, if you are cooking for a large group of people it is a good idea to plan ahead and make this the night before. However, take into consideration the following tips:
- squeeze some lemon or lime juice on the fruit before placing it into the fridge to prevent browning.
- leave the “problem” fruit, or the fruit with the most juices out in its own container until you are ready to serve. The moisture in fruit such as watermelon, honeydew, or cantaloupe will seep out and create a gross brown mush of the fruit that surrounds it.
- Don’t be afraid to add some cheese. I used mozzarella balls but you could also sprinkle parmesan, add in cheddar cubes, or leave the cheese out altogether.
- Store your separated fruit in air-tight containers in the fridge the night before. After the fruit has been combined, the salad will last two days in the fridge before the watery fruit takes over.
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A beautiful, customizable fruit and mozzarella salad with a light lemony dressing that is toddler and children approved.
For the salad:
- 1/2 of a watermelon, cut into shapes
- 2–3 cups of sliced strawberries
- 2–3 cups of cherries, pitted
- 1–2 cups blueberries
- 1–2 cups blackberries
- 1 cup fresh mozzarella balls
- 1 handful of basil
For the dressing:
- 2 tbsp lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
- 1/4 tsp maple syrup or honey
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp ginger
- 1 bunch of basil or mint chopped
- 1 pinch of salt
- In a small jar or bowl mix together lemon, maple syrup, water, ginger, basil or mint, and salt. Mix together until well incorporated.
- Assemble the fruit, cheese, and herbs on a plater or bowl. Drizzle dressing and toss gently. Serve immediately or store in the fridge.
Keywords: fruit salad, summer side, toddler recipe, vegetarian