11 Fabulous fruit salad recipes you need to try
What’s in a fruit salad? Basically, whatever you want, and that’s one of the best things about this dish. You can combine fruits to your heart’s desire, you can mix them with cereals and cheeses, as well as meats. Besides the fact that fruit salads give you a wide space for improvisation, they’re among the healthiest dishes there can be. Every single fruit contains vitamins and other essential elements that we need to be healthy. Some have more of this one and others are packed with that one, so combining them gives you more than you’d get if you eat the raw fruits separately. Here are 11 quick recipes that you simply have to try when you get the chance. Remember that letting the salad stay awhile in the fridge, so the juices can sort of merge, is always a good idea.
1. Berry salad
Let’s start simple. Get any berries you can lay your hands on and mix them in a bowl. Blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, whatever you like. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice and, if you like a bit of a taste twist, grate a little fresh ginger.
2. Spring salad
Apricots, strawberries and peaches is what you need. Apricots and peaches are packed with vitamin A, especially apricots, and strawberries are rich in vitamin C. Plus, all three fruits contain high levels of folic acid, the B vitamin that promotes new healthy cell growth in your body and plays a role in preventing cancerous growths.
3. Chicken and apple salad
Fruit salads are not just a category of desserts, they can fully well serve as a main course for lunch or a light supper. For this one, you need chicken breast (boiled or roasted, as you like it), an apple, an orange and a few raw walnuts. The chicken will give you a healthy dose of protein, the walnuts will add to that, and the apple and orange will get you a vitamin fill.
4. Kiwi and banana salad
Kiwis contain more vitamin C than oranges, remember that, when you decide it’s time to catch up on your vitamin intake. Bananas, while they can’t boast of significant amount of vitamins, besides B-6, which has a beneficial effect on the immune system, will make the salad sweeter. Throw in a few roast almonds and some raisins to make it crunchy and chewy.
5. Cantaloupe and cheese salad
If you want a quick fix of vitamin A for glowing skin, make yourself a cantaloupe and cheese salad. Cantaloupes are among the fruits with the highest vitamin A content. Use any cheese you like, preferably a hard one, if you don’t mind mixing sweet and salty. If you do mind, swap the cheese for a couple of apricots or a mango. Mango has very high vitamin A content too.
6. Avocado and grape salad
Avocado is a very wholesome fruit. It contains almost a third of all the fibre you need daily, plus vitamins C and B, as well as iron and magnesium, two essential minerals. Grapes are simply tasty and healthy as a whole. Add an orange or perhaps a watermelon slice for a variety of textures, and a few nuts of your choice.
7. Peach and cucumber salad
Mix a cubed peach, or a couple, with half a cubed cucumber, add a few sliced strawberries, and dress the salad with a mix of honey, lemon juice and fresh mint. This is one energising mix for a great start of the day, especially, if you add some soft cheese to it, to make it more nutritious. (The cube cutter can come handy, by the way).
8. Wheat berry salad
Wheat berries are a mighty source of healthy energy, and they combine great with fruit. Boil the wheat berries, let them cool and mix in a bowl with cubed apples, raspberries and blackberries. Add some orange juice and enjoy.
9. Plum and grapefruit salad
Plums are a tasty source of vitamin C and potassium, and grapefruit is one of the best foods for your liver. Mix them with some blanched almonds and dress with a mixture of 1/3 cup of tahini, the juice from half a lemon and a teaspoon of honey or brown sugar.
10. Sweet salad
If you have a sweet tooth but cakes and chocolates come in conflict with your diet, get your fill from this sweet salad. You will need pineapples, ripe peaches, a banana and a mango, this combination will both satiate your sugar hunger and supply you with a vitamin fix. Dress with orange or lemon juice.
11. Watermelon and cheese salad
The combination of watermelon and white cheese is traditional in some parts of the world and this is for a good reason. There’s nothing like the taste of fresh watermelon and a cube of full-fat feta cheese on the tongue. Though they are watery fruits, watermelons are actually pretty high in the vitamin A and vitamin C ranking. The cheese will supply the protein you need, so enjoy this novel combination of sweet and salty.
What are your favorite fruit salad recipes?