My Love Affair with Fruit Continues – Summer Fruit Salad

by Jenn on July 28, 2010

in Gluten Free,No Cook,Salads,Vegetarian

Summer Fruit Salad

For the two of us, this summer has been all about fresh fruit.  Of course we all know my love affair with strawberries, but now that the season has passed, I’ve branched out to enjoy the other tasty sweets nature has to give us along with the bright summer sun.  Whether it be sharing a fresh carton of blackberries while walking home from work, picking raspberries on a path out on an evening walk, or waking up in the morning with yogurt, granola, and slices of apricots that aim to be as sweet as the ripest of peaches, we certainly have been enjoying our fruits!  And then there are figs.  I like to wait til they are super soft, so delicate a firm grip would end them in a fit of a sticky disaster oozing everywhere.

Not every fruit needs to be sweet to be enjoyed.  Currants are a tart little explosive burst of flavor when they enter your mouth.  At first I was a bit skeptical of my potential love for this fruit because of that, but they have really become a staple in our kitchen the past few weeks.  I enjoy their tartness, especially paired with something sweet.  They are perfect for balancing sweetness, and are exactly why they are such an integral part of this salad.

They complement the figs and apricots, and the tanginess of the goat cheese contributes a different element altogether.  This whole salad is about balance, and maybe I like this salad so much not just because of the great taste, but because it reminds me how much I need to prioritize balance in my life, and my husband’s included.  We both spend a lot of time worrying about what needs to get done, and what’s going to happen if certain events don’t occur in the right order…and sometimes we just need to forget the world for a bit and relax, setting aside some worry-free quality time with each other, that doesn’t involve deadlines or papers or running errands.  I know, it’s a lot to interpret out of a mere salad, but sometimes reminders of the important things in life can come in the simplest of messages. In this case for me they come from fruit, one of the simplest of pleasures.

Summer Fruit Salad

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This hardly needs a recipe, as I’m sure you could recreate it just by looking at the picture, but I am a person of traditions, and I just wouldn’t feel complete without sharing a written up set of directions :

Ingredients (for 1 serving):
Mixed greens of your choice
1  fig, sliced into 8 pieces
1 apricot, pitted and sliced into 8 pieces
Handful red currants
2 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
Your favorite oil & vinegar dressing

Directions:
1. Arrange greens on your plate, and then arrange the fruit.
2. Garnish with goat cheese and lightly dress with vinaigrette.  Enjoy!

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Also submitted to – Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Gluten Free Wednesdays

{ 44 comments }

Baking Serendipity July 28, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I’m loving fresh fruits this summer too. What a great fruit salad!

Jenn July 29, 2010 at 7:14 am

Thanks!

Miriam/The Winter Guest July 28, 2010 at 9:28 pm

So beautiful and colorful!!

Jenn July 29, 2010 at 7:15 am

I think color is another reason why I love fruit so much too :) thanks!

Rosa July 28, 2010 at 9:30 pm

That salad is splendid and so appetizing! A salad could not get any freshy and mouthwatering. Love the pics too!

Cheers,

Rosa

Jenn July 29, 2010 at 7:16 am

Thanks so much Rosa!

Rosa July 28, 2010 at 9:30 pm

That salad is splendid and so appetizing! A salad could not get any freshy and mouthwatering. Love the pics too!

Cheers,

Rosa

Grace July 28, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Man oh Man you make fruit look wonderful! I’m aiming at what to have for dinner that includes lots of fruit! Thanks

Jenn July 29, 2010 at 7:18 am

Thanks! Yeah I can eat fruit for dinner any day :)

Shree July 29, 2010 at 1:12 am

beautiful. love fruits and love goat cheese. what else could one ask for?

Jenn July 29, 2010 at 7:21 am

thanks! yep it’s one of my favorite combinations too!

Shree July 29, 2010 at 1:12 am

beautiful. love fruits and love goat cheese. what else could one ask for?

Lisa July 29, 2010 at 1:22 am

Beautiful! My obsession with Strawberries was pretty fierce too. Then is was blueberries and soon to be blackberries hehe. Thanks for sharing.

Jenn July 29, 2010 at 7:21 am

ha ha, yes we all move through the phases of the various fruits in the summer…

Kim-Cook It Allergy Free July 29, 2010 at 1:54 am

Aside from the fact that this salad looks divine (anything with goat cheese wins me over immediately), your pictures are simply amazing!!! Just the colors alone of these shots drew me in immediately! Well done! Just beautiful!

Jenn July 29, 2010 at 7:29 am

ha just about anything with goat cheese wins me over too :) Thank you so much!

Kim-Cook It Allergy Free July 29, 2010 at 1:54 am

Aside from the fact that this salad looks divine (anything with goat cheese wins me over immediately), your pictures are simply amazing!!! Just the colors alone of these shots drew me in immediately! Well done! Just beautiful!

Lisa July 29, 2010 at 5:37 am

I LOVE figs, and in a salad, who would have thought it….. I can’t wait to try it!

Jenn July 29, 2010 at 7:29 am

oh great! I hope you enjoy!

Jenn July 29, 2010 at 7:14 am

Thanks!

Celiacs in the House July 29, 2010 at 11:04 am

A recipe, a little philosophy, beautiful photos-great post Jenn.

Jenn July 29, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Thanks Wendy!

bake in paris July 29, 2010 at 11:54 am

So glad it is summer again, love all the colourful fruits!! So beautifully shot!!

Sawadee from bangkok,
Kris

Jenn July 29, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Thank you!!! I don’t think I could ever tire of a salad like this…

Deanna July 29, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I was just talking last night about the fact that I’ve never had a fig. I don’t even know how to go about buying them. But, they sound yummy and they look beautiful in your photos!

Jenn July 29, 2010 at 6:27 pm

I can find them in the produce section of my grocery store, you should be able to as well… I hope you enjoy trying them!

penny aka jeroxie July 29, 2010 at 1:29 pm

It brought a smile to my face… :)

Jenn July 29, 2010 at 6:28 pm

:) Glad to brighten your day!

Squeaky Gourmet July 29, 2010 at 2:33 pm

hhhmmmmmm fruit. I have never had a fresh fig.

Jenn July 29, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Fresh figs are great, and so much better than dried ones… I love to pair them with goat cheese like this! You should definitely try some fresh ones when you get the chance!

Adelina July 30, 2010 at 8:18 am

This looks heavenly!

Jenn August 3, 2010 at 9:33 am

Thank you!

Linn @ Swedish Home Cooking July 30, 2010 at 8:24 am

The graphic style of your blog is adorable. And the photographs! It’s divine. Keep up the good work and you have got a new follower.

Jenn August 3, 2010 at 9:34 am

Thanks Linn!

Sherry Thrasher July 30, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Hi, Jenn.
Its always a treat to see your food photos.Fruits and vegetables have their own beauty don’t they? I recently visited a small Italian restaurant down the street from my home and I ordered a lovely arugula salad with roasted beets, pistachio, and goat cheese. Wonderful!

Jenn August 3, 2010 at 9:37 am

Oh that sounds like a great salad! I love all those ingredients, together sounds just wonderful!

Amy July 31, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Good job! I am such a fruity fanatic as well, and this salad sounds incredibly delicious and definitely worth trying! Thanks!

Jenn August 3, 2010 at 9:39 am

Thanks! I hope you like it!

Aubree Cherie August 1, 2010 at 1:19 am

Wow, this is beautiful! Such beautiful colors and I’m sure its an awesome flavor combo :)

~Aubree Cherie

Jenn August 3, 2010 at 9:40 am

Thanks Aubree! I love having lots of pretty colors on my plate, especially in the summer!

gfe--gluten free easily August 2, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Absolutely gorgeous, Jenn! Your photos always amaze me! I’m imagining all the flavors right now. My basic grocery store doesn’t have much so I’ll have to hit the upscale grocery in town to emulate this salad. 😉

Shirley

Jenn August 3, 2010 at 9:42 am

Thank you Shirley! Currants and apricots are really really cheap right now in my grocery store, it’s really interesting seeing what is in season/abundance once you move to a different part of the globe!

Linda August 5, 2010 at 4:51 am

What gorgeous photos! It looks delicious.

Jenn August 5, 2010 at 10:43 am

Thanks Linda! It was delicious :)

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