I have a tendency to resort to “old favorites,” for holiday meals or picnics. So I generally whip together this easy, delicious little number for summer festivities. I have…for years. I know, I know, how culinarily unchallenged can I be? Mostly, I suppose, I’m a creature of habit, I know what
people my kid will eat and enjoy, and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Yup! But I was surfing around on Pinterest just before the 4th of July and found this sweet variation on fruit salad; the one side dish every barbecue should offer for those of us who find mayo-based pasta salads and potato salads a bit too heavy for a summer picnic. Let there be fruit!
Like all fruit salads, there isn’t really a recipe. If you don’t follow the ingredient list strictly, you’ll still end up with a perfectly delicious fruit salad regardless of which fruits you select. The key here, in my opinion, is the dressing. Honey and lemon define simplicity. They’re diverse flavors; the sweet and tangy being a perfect complement to any fruit. Serving it inside the hollowed out watermelon rind is just a fun way to make a visual statement at your holiday picnic, but serve it any way you like. That’s the beauty of fruit. Have it your way. Enjoy!
Fruit Salad w/Honey-Lemon Dressing (recipe courtesy Honey and Figs Kitchen)
- 1/2 seedless watermelon, scooped with melon baller
- 1/2 honeydew melon, scooped with melon baller
- 3 kiwis, peeled and chopped
- 1 c sweet cherries, pitted and halved
- 3 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 to 3 Tbsp honey (taste test as you go for sweetness)
- 2 Tbsp limoncello, optional