Sunday, September 17, 2017

Cantaloupe Fruit Salad

Our local U-pick farm had the most amazing melons this year. (Thank you Old Airport Gardens) We must have gone a hundred times to pick up more. Cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon (yellow, orange, and red). 
The cantaloupe though. 
Oh my. So juicy and sweet. I totally became a cantaloupe addict this summer. 
I decided to make the cantaloupe the centerpiece of this lovely fruit salad to celebrate its deliciousness. This is still a super easy fruit salad recipe to whip up, it just looks a little fancier served on a serving plate. Don't want to get all fancy? It's okay... you can just put all the ingredients in a bowl instead. 

Cantaloupe Fruit Salad
(Slightly adapted from Alive Magazine, Issue 418, Aug 2017)

Orange syrup
1 Tbsp honey
juice of 1/2 an orange (about 1/4 cup)

1 cantaloupe
1/4 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup blackberries
1 banana, sliced
2 strawberries, sliced
pinch salt

1/4 cup vanilla flavored, 0 fat Greek yogurt 
2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds

In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring honey and orange juice to a boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temp (can be placed in freezer to speed process while you continue making salad). 

Slice cantaloupe in half and scoop out the seeds. 

Cut into thin slices and remove the rind from each slice. Place equally on 2 serving serving plates.
Spoon the orange syrup equally over the melon on both plates. 

Top each of the plates with 1/2 of the pineapple chunks, blackberries, and banana. Place the sliced strawberry at the front of the salad for decoration (or you can also place the slices over the melon). 
Drizzle each salad with yogurt and then sprinkle with pumpkin seeds.

Serve immediately. 

So pretty. And tasty. And a fruit salad that is a little different than the usual. The orange and honey syrup adds a lot of flavor to the dish so don't leave it out. If you don't have vanilla yogurt you can use plain yogurt - simply add a 1/4 tsp of vanilla to the yogurt before drizzling. 

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  1. I love fruit salads and your cantaloupe fruit salad looks so delicious. I love the drizzle of yogurt dressing. I definitely like the idea of the orange and honey syrup to add flavour. Yummy! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. I love the smell of ripe cantaloupe.Every bite of it.It looks very decorative as well;)