I was the weird girl who didn’t like pepperoni pizza (veggie for me, please!) or hamburgers growing up. I never begged to lick the frosting bowl but wanted the potato masher instead. I loved most veggies and almost all fruit, which is why it’s so strange that I struggle with my weight since I love so many healthy foods. Oh wait. I love them too much, drowning in butter, like mashed potatoes. Yeah, that would be the problem.
The good news this recipe is actually light and healthy and not drowning in butter, so you can feel righteous when you eat it. Or at least I did! One of my favorite things about summer is all the juicy and succulent fruit you can find at your local farmer’s market. Sure, you can still find strawberries, blueberries and peaches during the winter in most grocery stores, but whether or not they are “good” is debatable. Unless, of course, you live in LA, then you can find good strawberries starting in February. 🙂
With everyone thinking about barbecues and picnics, I figured now was a great time to feature a nice, fruit salad. This is a particular favorite because it’s both versatile and extremely portable. I definitely enjoy mayo-based salads, like potato salad, but they don’t always travel well, especially if you lack a way to keep them cold. No one likes food poisoning! Fortunately, with this salad, that is not an issue.
The dressing is super light and simple and you can pick whatever fruit is on sale and pairs well together. I wanted to keep it simple and not throw too many different types of fruits together, so I used some of my favorites: strawberries, blueberries, mangoes and kiwis. Beautiful, bold colors that look and taste great together.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with mangoes. They always tasted a bit like soap to me, although I have no idea what soap tastes like. Anyway, for a long time, I always said mangoes were gross. Then I made mango avocado guacamole for fish tacos and changed my tune. To be fair, they still do taste a little bit like soap, but a really good, yummy, edible soap (if such a thing exists). 🙂
Now that I have undoubtedly made you want to rush out and taste a soapy mango, I do highly recommend this easy and delicious salad. It is also surprisingly affordable if you choose whatever fruits are on sale. I made a half batch for a little over $3. Major score!
Other Delicious Salads to Make
Here are few other salads that I highly recommend and would make a welcome addition to any picnic or BBQ this summer.
Cheesecake Fruit Salad is one of my family’s favorite salads and we always receive requests for the recipe, which is super easy to make!
Greek Pasta Salad is chock full of some of my favorite foods, like pasta, salami, artichokes, tomatoes and feta cheese.