I am celebrating the first day of summer with this colourful and zesty salad. It’s a mixture of fruit and veg, something I have been experimenting with a lot lately. Fruit and veg in one dish is more than just a salad, to me it’s really a ‘salad meets dessert’ kind of dish. As it is quite sweet chances are it will take care of your sugar cravings! Which is great if you are watching your diet and trying to stay away from ‘serious’ desserts.
This salad is sweet, zingy and refreshing and absolutely perfect served at a summer bbq party. You will need a melon baller to create equal sized ball shapes of the fruit and veg – this is so much more fun to do than the usual chopping! The melon baller is also quite easy to use, even if you’ve never used it before (like me!). You can chill the salad, without the dressing, for about 30 minutes and add the dressing just before serving.
Have a great summer!
Ingredients For the dressing
150 g mozzarella pearls 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint
1 avocado 2 tablespoons good vegetable oil
1 papaya, seeds removed 3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cantaloupe, seeds removed zest of 1 lemon
A piece of cucumber (about 20 cm long)
Salt and pepper to taste
Do not peel the fruit and vegetables. Using a melon baller scoop out sphere shaped pieces of the fruit and vegetables. You should have a more or less equal amount of each ingredient. Combine, drizzle with the dressing, season and serve.