Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Fruit Salad Recipe with Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Pineapple, and Dill

Fruit Salad Recipe with Canteloupe, Honeydew, Pineapple, and Dill
One time a few years ago my nieces Elizabeth and Amanda were spending the night at my house. We were eating breakfast on my porch, and I was trying, with no luck, to get Elizabeth to eat some kind of fruit, possibly a banana. She looked at me, and said, with all the indignation an eight year old could muster, "Aunt Kalyn, don't you realize that I've never been much of a fruit eater?" What I didn't tell her at the time (but will confess to now if she or her mom sees this on the blog) is that I've never really been much of a fruit eater either.

It's not that I *don't like* fruit, oh no. How could anyone not like fruit? It's just that sweet flavors aren't my favorites, and I've always found plain fruit to be rather boring. However, boring to me or not, fruit is very nutritious, so I've vowed to have more fruit recipes on the blog. Recently when I found myself with a bunch of leftover fruit from a dinner party, a container of leftover chopped dill, and some leftover dressing from the Strawberry Spinach Salad, I ended up combining them into a fruit salad that was definitely not boring! If you're not a fan of dill, this may not be your thing, but if you like dill I bet you'll love this salad. (You could also try it without the dill; the dressing is great!)

I feel very lucky that my garden has an abundance of dill this year, and after I chopped this dill for the strawberry salad, I have plenty left to make this. (This is a mini salad spinner, so it was probably about 1/2 cup chopped dill after I removed the thick stems.)

I had cantaloupe, honeydew, and a tiny bit of pineapple left from a dinner, so I just cut it in equal sized pieces. However, pineapple isn't too South Beach Diet friendly, so you could make this with just melon if you're a South Beach dieter.


Fruit Salad with Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Pineapple, and Dill
(Makes 4-6 servings, recipe created by Kalyn to use some leftover fruit that could have potentially been boring!)

Ingredients:
2-3 cups cantaloupe, cut into pieces about 1 inch square
2-3 cups honeydew, cut into pieces about 1 inch square
1 cup pineapple, cut into pieces about 1 inch square (optional, can use all melon)
4-6 T Spinach Salad Dressing (recipe follows)
2-3 T chopped fresh dill (use more or less, depending on how much you like dill)

Spinach Salad Dressing:
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup sugar or Splenda (use Splenda for the South Beach Diet)
1 tsp. finely minced fresh garlic
1/4 tsp. salt (I used fine sea salt)
1/4 tsp. black pepper (I used fresh ground pepper)
1/4 tsp. dry mustard powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:
In a small bowl, whisk together the red wine vinegar, sugar or Splenda, garlic, salt, black pepper, dry mustard, and onion powder. When those ingredients are well combined, whisk in olive oil and let dressing flavors blend while you prep other ingredients.

(This makes a lot more than you need for this salad, but I recommend you make the whole amount and have fun thinking of things to eat it on!)

Wash dill and spin dry or dry with paper towels. Remove large stems, then finely chop dill. Cut cantaloupe, honeydew, and pineapple into pieces about 1 inch square.

Combine melon in glass or plastic bowl. Toss with desired amount of dressing, then add dill and stir to distribute.

This is best served right away, but it will keep in the refrigerator for about a day.


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Dill is an herb I've only grown for a few years, but I'm really starting to love it. It goes well with cucumbers, potatoes, or beets, and is widely used in pickles. Since the combination of dill and melon is an unusual use of this herb, I'm sending this for Weekend Herb Blogging, hosted this week herb mistress Haalo from Cook (almost) Anythng At Least Once. Check the Rules for Weekend Herb Blogging if you'd like to participate.

South Beach Suggestions:
If the dressing is made with Splenda and the salad is made with all melon, this salad would be suitable for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet. With pineapple, this would be phase 3 for South Beach.

More Salads with Dill That Don't Sound Boring:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Almonds and Dill from Kalyn's Kitchen
Cucumber and Yogurt Salad with Feta and Dill from Kalyn's Kitchen
Shredded Beet, Dill, and Coconut Salad from Lisa's Kitchen
Shaved Carrot Salad with Blueberries and Dill from Cook Local
Purslane Salad with Lemon and Dill from Cookworm
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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25 comments:

  1. Dill, really? I am definitely intrigued.

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  2. DILL! I never would have thought. Like they sometimes say in the movies, "It's just crazy enough to work!"

    I might even be able to test this out today . . .

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  3. What an original salad! I am definitely a dill fan, so this sounds like a perfect mix of sweet and savory to me.

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  4. Kalyn...dill...just posted a povitica with dill...dill rocks!

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  5. What a wonderful twist on the same old fruit salad (which I love too, by the way). My dill did not survive the rainy weather of June, but if I do find some, I will definitely try this.

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  6. Dill and fruit? I am intrigued too.

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  7. I once had dill with apples, and I thought it was a grand combination. I like this idea of dill with a vinaigrette over melon. Dill doesn't get as much play as basil and some of the other herbs do, so I'm glad to see it can work with melon and pineapple!

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  8. Truly everyone, the dill was just lovely with the melons and pineapple. I doubt I would have ever thought of it though if it hadn't been for the strawberry spinach salad with dill, where the dill was so great with the strawberries.

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  9. Man, oh, man. I eat almost anything, but this one....I don't know. Salad dressing on those fruits, and dill?
    It's like reading a recipe that tells you to put chocolate syrup and whipped cream on a cheeseburger.
    I'll trust you on this one, that it's good.

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  10. Elenka, it's a sweet dressing. Did you notice that? Anyway, trust me, it's very good!

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  11. I'm not so crazy about dill but I look forward to trying it out in this recipe. ;-)

    Paz

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  12. Love fruit and fruit salad. Trying to wrap my mind around the addition of dill in it - sounds like a unique combination.

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  13. hmmm...

    never would think to put Dill


    gotta try it :)!!!

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  14. I love fresh dill! It's nothing like the dried, and the smell...hmmmmmm! Almost as good as fresh basil :)

    I'm definitely going to try this. I would never think to put dill on fruit, but I bet it's good.

    Thanks, Kalyn

    Deb

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  15. How can Elizabeth's mom not comment on a story like that!! I have to agree that she have never been (and still isn't) much of a fruit eater.
    Fun to be reminded of the story.

    Laurel

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  16. I always forget to add some fresh herbs with fruit salad. Looks inviting!

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  17. I use dill in all kinds of things, but I never thought to pair it with fruit! I'm always looking for new and healthy ways to fix fruit. Thanks!

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  18. With this recipe there are many different things I'd try to include. I myself am allergic to pineapples so that would be something I'd have to cut out, but I think adding something with a similar sugary taste could really keep things together.

    This is a great recipe thanks for sharing it with us. Perfect for the summer months :)

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  19. I love the combination of fruits - and I'd NEVER have thought to add dill! Inspired!

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  20. Great idea! I can't wait to try it.
    I don't have any problem getting my kids to eat fruit, but they insist on eating it plain. So, a bowl of plain, boring fruit for them. :)

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  21. That is a beautiful combination! I know it would be delicious. :-)

    Shirley

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  22. I'm not a huge fan of dill but I want to try this recipe, it looks delicious. Curious if you think basil could replace the dill...now basil I LOVE!

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  23. I do think basil could work. Let me know if you try it.

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  24. Great combination of healthy flavors!

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  25. Thanks Laura, glad you like it!

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