Elizabeth's post the other week on having salad for dinner reminded us of another favorite addition to the simple salad: fresh fruit. We find that a handful of berries or a diced apple transforms an otherwise ordinary bowl of leafy greens into something we can't wait to dig into!
Most fresh fruits add a sweet-tart note to other flavors in a savory salad. They pair well with toasted nuts and make an interesting texture contrast to raw vegetables. Most of the time, we like these salads with just a simple vinaigrette.
We're really not picky about what fruit we use and usually just dice up whatever is in season. Right now, it's raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries.
In another month, hopefully we'll get some stone fruit and can think about adding peaches and plums to our salads. Then in late summer and fall, we'll switch to apples and pears. If you have them in your area, tropical fruits like mangoes, papaya, and pineapple make a nice change from the usual!
Do you have a favorite fruit for adding to salads?
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