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Tuesday, July 10, 2018


Fruit salad is a staple in our house during the summer. We often eat it for breakfast, as a midday snack, or as an after-dinner dessert or as a topping over sorbet, sherbet, ice cream or gelato. The abundance of fresh fruit this time of year means from day to day no two fruit salads will be the same. You can even combine vegetable salads and fruit salads for a refreshing lunch or dinner.

Along with the standard melons (honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon), berries (blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, blackberry), stone fruits (peaches, nectarines, apricots, cherries), tropical fruits (pineapple, banana, papaya, kiwi, oranges, tangerines, mangoes) and grapes, I like to jazz up my fruit salads with different toppings. Here are a variety of add-ons for your summer fruit salad. Some you may have added in the past but some you probably haven’t thought to try. Use them individually or in combination.

The photo above features a fruit salad of nectarines, clementines, bananas, strawberries, dried cranberries, and chocolate chips.

Chopped pistachios
Chopped walnuts
Chopped pecans
Slivered almonds
Grape nuts
Chocolate chips
Butterscotch chips
Caramel chips
Shredded coconut
Mini marshmallows
Dried cherries
Dried blueberries
Dried cranberries
Yogurt covered dried fruit
Chopped, dried apricots
Crumbled blue cheese
Crumbled feta
A drizzle of hot fudge sauce
A drizzle of caramel sauce
A drizzle of honey
A dollop of yogurt
A dollop of whipped cream
A dollop of pudding
A dollop of custard
A splash of orange juice
A splash of lime juice
A splash of wine
A splash of rum
A splash of tequila  
A splash of pineapple juice
Chopped fresh mint
Chopped fresh basil
Chopped watercress
Jello cubes
Chopped cookies
Cubes of pound cake
Cubes of brownie
Cubes of angel food cake
Pretzel pieces
Chocolate covered pretzel pieces
Chopped cucumber

Did I leave out any of your favorites?


Angela Adams said...

Whipped cream as a topping is my favorite. Thanks for the post.


You can't go wrong with whipped cream, Angela! Thanks for stopping by.