July 01, 2011

Not your everyday FRUIT Salads.

Hopefully, I'm not too late for your weekend menu planning. I want to share with you a couple quick salads that include fruit, and a few links to some salads that I've shared in the past, to help with this weekends menu.

When someone says "fruit salad" do you automatically think of that mushy stuff with maraschino cherries in it, that was served on our lunch trays? Fruit Cocktail. My grandma tried to pass it off as dessert on occasion. Us kids, we weren't buying it, Yuck! I do appreciate a nice bowl of fresh fruit, cut up and tossed together, with nothing but their natural juices. But that's not what I'm talking about either.

The blue is hiding in this picture, but this salad is perfect for Independance Day because it's Red/White and Blue! It will look perfectly patriotic on your table!

I have shared a very similar salad with you before. This time I threw in some blueberries. Apple chunks also work well in this salad. This salad is terribly easy, and is always a hit. I know some of you have a goat cheese aversion, so to you I say GET OVER IT! Goat Cheese rocks. Sorry...what I really meant to say was, you can also use Feta Cheese if you prefer. Please and thank you .

Red White and Blue Salad

1 large head Red Romaine
1 pint Strawberries, sliced
2 cups Blueberries
1/2 Red Onion, sliced thin
1 cup Caramelized Pecans (How to caramelize pecans can be found here.)
5 ounces Goat Cheese
1 bottle Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

Clean lettuce and tear into bite sized pieces, place in shallow salad dish. Layer sliced strawberries, blueberries, sliced onion, pecans, and crumbled goat cheese over lettuce. Serve with dressing on the side.

The colors in this next salad aren't quite as patriotic, but I promise you will be whistling Dixie after you have your first bite!

My sister served us this salad last week. It is so simple and so perfectly scrumptious! I wanted to push my burger aside and eat only it.

Clean and pit peaches. Then slice into thin wedges.

Peach Salad

4 Peaches, sliced thin
1/4 of a Red Onion, sliced thin
1/4 cup Basil, chopped
1 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Course Salt
fresh cracked Pepper, to taste

After slicing peaches, slice onion very thin, chop basil, toss together with juice of one lemon, olive oil, coarse salt, and cracked pepper. Voila! Easy peasy scrump-dilly-icious Peach Salad!

The following are just a few of my tried and true favorites. I have served them over and over again, and they never get old.

Sheesh after all this talk about salad I'm raring to get choppin'!!! I hope you are too.

Do you have a favorite salad you bring to picnics?

I would love for you to share it. If you have a blog post on it, leave the link in the comments. You can also find some other great Red White and Blue inspirations at Add a Pinch, go check it out!

Have a great weekend!

Drive safe and don't burn your fingers with the Sparklers!

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  1. Might not be everyones fruit salad but I LOVE IT! Just something I would eat and share- or just eat and not share! LOL!

  2. I am just now starting to love fruit on my salads, mainly cranberries and apples. I need to try blueberries and strawberries! And those caramelized pecans sound and look so good. I dunno how I feel about goat cheese either lol... I tried it once and it had a funny aftertaste, so maybe I would do feta or gorgonzola instead.

    I also wanted to let you know about my cookbook giveaway that is going on right now until July 16th. Stop on by to enter! Hope you are having a great week :)


  3. Hi Sheila,

    Fresh fruits makes the salad delicious and it's totally refreshing to see a new recipe. Too bad the blue has been hiding ;)

  4. What a beautiful salad. I love the caramelized pecans in it!

  5. Beautiful salad, I love the combo of fruit with any lettuce and dressing. Restaurants charge such high prices for these same wonderful salads that we can create at home so easily and yours looks restaurant worthy!

  6. Just checking in to see if everything is okay! Sure do miss all your Strawberry happenings! Hope all is well with you and yours.

  7. Glad to hear all is well. Hope you have had a great summer and have stayed cool. It's been pretty hot here in Tn. Looking forward to some cooler weather. Can't wait for your new site to be revealed. Happy Summer!!

  8. Wow you had me at blueberries and pecans. This is gonna have to be made up tonight, I'll let you know how it goes!

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