Take your favorite fresh fruit to another flavor level, and get even more fruit in your diet, with these easy recipes.
June 10, 2013
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.