I love to eat fruits as such in a bowl more than as fruit juices, though there are exceptions to that statement. I still remember the summer vacations where we used to get cantaloupe and my grandparents used to cut them and add sugar for added sweetness and serve it chill. I used to constantly check the bowl of fruits in the refrigerator to see if its ready, getting totally impatient with the rising afternoon temperature. Nothing comes close to a bowl of chilled cantaloupes in the sweltering heat of summer. Fruit salads are best when they are served chill and if you can present it like a sorbet, even picky fruit eaters like my son would demand a bowl of fruits for their snack. I was introduced to melon baller (a small scoop to get the round melons/cantaloupes) and to this recipe by my friend Anjani in one of the potlucks and I was so surprised to see a big bowl of fruit salad vanish in no time pleasing both adults and kids alike. I bought a melon baller the next time I went shopping and as it was almost the beginning of winter my small scoop started hibernating in the drawer waiting for the summer to wake us all up with this beautiful, colorful, and delicious salad.
This salad received a grand welcoming with “ooh….aah” from my kids and after the paparazzi moment from being followed everywhere to getting multiple photographs they sure did taste refreshingly good and deserved the needed attention. The mint and lime juice gives these fruits a new flavor and summer blast with a nice fresh taste that makes you want to dig more in to the bowl. Its a crowd pleaser and quite easy to make with an added bonus of “very healthy” stamp.
Watermelon (seedless or seeds removed)– 1/2
Cantaloupe — 1/2
Mint — 2 Tbsp
Lemon — 1
Honey — 1 Tbsp
Brown Sugar — 2 Tbsp
1. Using a melon baller, scoop watermelon and cantaloupe in two separate bowls. If you don’t have melon baller, then dice the water melon and cantaloupe in to 1 inch cubes in two separate bowls.
2. In another bowl, add thinly sliced mint, juice of 1 lemon, honey, and brown sugar.
3. When ready to serve, mix the two fruits in a larger bowl and add the dressing from step 2. Toss to coat the dressing evenly with the fruits. Serve chill. Enjoy!!!
Mix the dressing with the fruits when ready to serve, otherwise scoop the fruits in to separate bowls and keep refrigerated.
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