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Cotton-candy sweet melon. Juicy, heart-healthy berries. Plump, mellow mango. Sweet, fragrant peaches, nectarines and apricots. All these summer fruits are delicious alone, but chopped and tossed in low-fat dressings spiked with ginger, lime, or mint, they make colorful, low-calorie dishes you'll want to serve every day.
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Lavender-Scented Summer Fruit Salad
A stunning way to serve low-calorie fresh summer fruit, which is packed with antioxidants and may reduce the risk of chronic diseases and cancer. Fruit is marinated in a minty dressing with the subtle flavor of fresh flowers. Serve it outside and feel transported to the south of France, where lavender and other wild herbs and flowers are popular companions to fresh fruit.
Try this recipe: Lavender-Scented Summer Fruit Salad
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Melon Salad with Lime-Ginger Syrup
Fresh ripe melon tastes even more delicious with a spike of ginger dressed in sweet lime dressing. Melon is a great source of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that may reduce the risk of certain cancers. Ginger, famous as a stomach soother, has loads of other health benefits.
Try this recipe: Melon Salad with Lime-Ginger Syrup
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Chilled Tutti Frutti Poppy Seed Salad
Peaches, berries, and amazingly sweet cherries get a subtle crunch with the addition of poppy seedsand you get an amazing burst of flavor. Colorful fruits are high in antioxidants and polyphenols, which help fight chronic disease and cancer. This fruit salad is delicious on it's own, but it also pairs beautifully with yogurt or vanilla ice cream.
Try this recipe: Chilled Tutti Frutti Poppy Seed Salad
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Summer Melon with Fig and Prosciutto
A classic Tuscan blend of sweet, salty, and juicy, this surprisingly low-calorie salad is perfect as an appetizer or side. (Don't overthink the recipe; it calls for three kinds of melon and several types of greens, but you can use what's fresh at the market.) If you've ever bought fresh figs and melon and wondered what to do with them, make this recipe!
Try this recipe: Summer Melon with Fig and Prosciutto
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Grilled Watermelon, Mint, and Feta Salad
Many summer fruits can stand up to the heat of your grill, and believe it or not watermelon is one of them. Cooling mint and salty feta cheese provide the perfect balance to the sweet, smoky, juicy melon cubes.
Try this recipe: Grilled Watermelon, Mint, and Feta Salad
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Red and Black Fruit Salad
Fresh berries are one of the most nutritious fruits you can eat, and this is one of the most delicious ways to enjoy them. Antioxidant-packed blueberries and blackberries are packed with antioxidants and fiber, and they're rich in vitamin C as well.
Try this recipe: Red and Black Fruit Salad
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Rethink your old ideas about salsa! Sweet, juicy, mellow mango is the perfect stand in tomatoes, and they pack beta-carotene and fiber as well. This recipe gets zing from fresh cilantro, and red onion, and is delicious on top of fish or grilled chicken, or simply to dip a chip in.
Try this recipe: Mango Salsa
Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato, and Feta Salad
A classic blend of Mediterranean flavors with the sweet, cottony crunch of watermelon, this salad is the perfect way to make the most of summer-ripe fruit. Try it on top of grilled fish or chicken.
Try this recipe: Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato, and Feta Salad
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Spiced Tortillas with Tropical Fruit Salsa
Once you try this sweet, slightly spicy fruit salsa, you'll never go back to the traditional kind again. Serve it with simple homemade, whole-grain tortilla chips, spiked with cinnamon, allspice, and a hint of nutmeg.
Try this recipe: Spiced Tortillas with Tropical Fruit Salsa
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Poppy Seed Fruit Salad
A creamy, crunchy, low-fat poppy seed dressing does amazingly flavorful things to ripe summer melon, though you can use it on any fruit you like.
Try this recipe: Poppy Seed Fruit Salad