Fridays are for shortcut, easy, and quick recipes on the blog. This hardly qualifies as even an easy recipe: fruit mixed together in a bowl-I’m pretty sure you’ve got this down already. How about the ubiquitous “serving suggestion”? Or, “did you ever think of this weird combination?” Now, there’s something food bloggers don’t type often. However you want to put it, this fruit/syrup/cheese combo might not be something you’d try without a little nudge, so I’m here to be your nudge-er.
Watermelon and berries-any berries- are the basis here. I bought a small, seedless watermelon, but I’m actually fonder of the large seeded ones. I think they taste better, but we simply can’t eat that much watermelon. For my berries I chose strawberries (which I sliced) and blueberries. Choose your faves.
I personally looove cheese on practically any type of salad. It has a salty flavor that contrasts nicely with sweeter dressings and fruits. But I resisted putting nuts in the mix, non nut-loving friends, just for you. That doesn’t mean I don’t think they’d be wonderful in here-they definitely would. But I was thinking of you, so I left them out (this time). A little drizzle of maple syrup-don’t overdo it-and you’re all set. You can use honey if you’d rather, but I think it’s too sweet. Maple syrup has a sweet but mellow, sort of warm taste that contrasts nicely with the fruit.
I recommend serving the syrup and cheese on the side so each person can customize his/her own salad. Since watermelon is, well, watery, it can turn your cheese to mush and virtually wash away the syrup. Any feta you don’t use would taste delicious on a green salad, and of, course your breakfast can always use a little maple syrup. So, no wasted ingredients if you can’t convince everyone in the family they should try this. But they should. Just make it a firm serving suggestion.
Simple Watermelon Berry Salad
- 3 c. (heaping) watermelon, cubed
- 3 c. fresh berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries
- Maple syrup, to taste
- 4 Tbs., or to taste, finely crumbled feta or gorgonzola cheese
- Step 1 Mix watermelon and berries together in a medium bowl.
- Step 2 Top individual servings of salad with a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle of cheese.
- Step 3 Refrigerate any leftover salad.