Funny where the inspiration for recipes comes from, isn’t it? You just never know when you’re going to find something interesting. Take last Saturday for instance. I was doing my usual weekly shopping and making my final stop in the produce department. My local grocery store always has lots of recipe cards placed throughout the produce and I rarely look at them but for some reason this one really caught my eye. Maybe it’s because I’m really craving warm weather and Spring can’t make up its mind whether it really wants to stick around or not, but the photo of this beautiful, summery watermelon salad nearly jumped off the card at me. I picked up everything I needed to make it right then and couldn’t wait to get home to put it together.
If you can’t get good watermelon right now, just tuck this recipe away until summer because it’s a keeper! Light, fresh fruits tossed with a minty, ginger syrup. Yum.
The preparation couldn’t be simpler. First, prepare the syrup by simply combining water, sugar, mint and ginger in a small pan. Bring it up to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for five minutes. Set the syrup aside to cool while you prepare the fruit.
Cut your watermelon in bite-size chunks. About 1″ works well for me. Put the watermelon, blueberries, strawberries and grapes in a large bowl. Pour the syrup over and toss. Serve immedately.
And, that’s it! Simple, fresh and with a taste that screams – “Come on summer!”
For the mint syrup:
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint (loosely packed)
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
For the salad:
- 4 cups 1-inch watermelon chunks
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 cup hulled and halved fresh strawberries
- 2 cups halved seedless grapes
- In a small saucepan, combine the syrup ingredients.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Set aside to cool.
- Place the prepared fruit in a large bowl. Add syrup mixture and toss to coat. Serve immediately.
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–-Recipe inspiration found on a “try-foods” card in the Publix produce department
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