Summer gets me in the mood to sit outside on a picnic bench and enjoy a bowlful of the freshest in-season fruits. Unfortunately for us Calgarians, it hasn’t exactly been warm this summer.
But, just because the weather stinks doesn’t mean I can’t eat like it’s hot outside… while wearing my thick fall fleece and long johns.
I wish I was kidding.
There were a couple hours of warm weather over the weekend, so I nabbed a couple shots and posted them on Instagram. If anything, it’s helped me remember what summer is supposed to feel like…
For this salad, I wanted something that was flavorful, easy on the digestive tract, and slightly warming.
I love eating fresh fruit in the morning, but find it can be a bit harsh on my digestion at times. Allowing a salad like this to “marinade” overnight eliminates some of the harshness. Also, filling it with digestive healing herbs like ginger and mint, and fiber rich berries didn’t hurt the cause either!
- 2 pears, cubed
- 2 nectarines, cubed
- 2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
- ½ cup blackberries
- ¼ cup raspberries
- ¼ cup unpasteurized honey *see note
- 4 fresh mint leaves, chopped [1 tablespoon chopped]
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root
- ⅛ teaspoon almond extract
- ¼ cup slivered or sliced almonds, chopped
- Place all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
- Combine glaze ingredients in a small bowl, and drizzle over the salad.
- Sprinkle with almonds.
- Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.
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To my surprise Kevin actually liked this salad! So, if you have a meat eating, white sugar worshiping partner at home, they may actually like this salad.
Bonus points for me, but less salad for my breakfast. Or in the case of this morning, no salad at all.
While I’m whipping up another batch fruit salad tonight, the blog will be going through some upgrades. If you visit during this time and you’re met with a big error page, do not fret, we’ll be back up in no time.