Fruity, Flavorful Salads Perfect for Summer

My mom and I are alike in many ways and growing up, we didn't have the typical mother daughter disputes. Shopping with my mom wasn't a disaster, bringing home a boyfriend wasn't dramatic. But if there's one topic we constantly disagree on it's...fruit.  I like my fruit cold (in fact, I often eat frozen fruit) while my mom will only eat fruit that's room temperature. I think cantaloupe is gross while my mom hates honeydew. And most importantly, my mom doesn't think fruit belongs in a salad while I think it elevates salads to a whole 'nother level.

Sweet, summery, colorful and cool - tis the season for fruity salads that go great as a side dish OR as a light meal.

Salads With Fruit

WATERMELON, MINT & FETA QUINOA SALAD

When I was inspired to make this salad last weekend, I had to laugh at just how jam-packed full of fruit it was. My momma would not be about this salad, but I happen to think it's a perfect weekday lunch. The quinoa makes it more substantial while the feta balances out the sweetness. And isn't the flavor combination of watermelon and mint just insanely summery? I think so.

Watermelon Mint Feta Salad

While I whipped this up, I didn't measure everything out very scientifically but it went a little somethin' like this (hit it! I always tried to be the flyest kid on the block...)

RECIPE FOR WATERMELON, MINT & FETA QUINOA SALAD

 

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 of a watermelon, cubed
  • 1 pint of blueberries
  • 12 strawberries
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • Handful of mint, finely chopped
  • 1/2 block of feta cheese, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • Whole mint leaves for garnish

And now, a few more fruity options from some of my favorite bloggers!

SUPER SIMPLE SPRING SHRIMP SALAD

From My Uncommon Everyday - Ellen nails the "super simple" with this shrimp salad with beautiful raspberries! 

SPINACH STRAWBERRY SALAD AND STRAWBERRY VINAIGRETTE

From So Damn Good - I think avocado belongs in every salad :)

MINTY STRAWBERRY AVOCADO WITH CITRUS

From Athletic Avocado - don't these sisters have the cutest logo ever? 

FRUITY SUMMER SALAD WITH PISTACHIO & SUNFLOWER SEED CROUTONS

From Enticing Healthy Eating - love the pistachios that Kaylin threw into the mix!

YOUR TURN:
SO, FRUIT IN YOUR SALAD OR NAH?
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE FRUIT TO TOSS IN YOUR SALAD?

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