How To Make Fruit Salad
Summertime is a great time of the year to introduce your kids to more fruits and vegetables. Learn how to make fruit salad the CookLikeADad way. The combination of watermelon, cantaloupe, and cucumber offers a variety of flavor and textures.
Cucumber in a Fruit Salad?
Why cucumber? Well, for starters, a cucumber is technically a fruit and it offers a crisp crunch to my fruit salad recipe. Secondly, a cucumber can start a conversation with your kids who are wondering what it is doing in your fruit salad. Sometimes, adding a fruit or vegetable that is not common in a fruit salad adds a little adventure and intrigue. Give this recipe a try and share your results with our viewers.
In this video, my daughter was heading to her summer surf camp and was asked to bring a snack for her potluck. Cookies were out of the question and I just didn’t want to offer the same old, “packaged stuff” that you can find at any convenience store. My daughter made the suggestion, “how about some fruit?” and then I decided to get creative with her suggestion. “Why not add some different fruits and make a fruit salad?”, I said.
And sure enough, with her input and my creativity, we came up with our favorite summertime fruit salad. Give it a try!
Ingredients and Shopping List:
1- Medium Watermelon, Cut and chunked
1- Medium Cantaloupe, Cut and chunked
2- Medium Cucumbers, Peeled and cut
1- Bunch of Spearmint Leaves
1- Tablespoon of Agave Nectar or Honey for sweetener
Step 1: Start with Melons
In my video, I started with the watermelon and took two different steps. First cut the melon into large slices. Then use a butter knife to cut between the rind and the meat of the melon. This process maximizes the amount of fruit and leaves very little waste. Repeat this process and then cut medium sized “chunks” of melon and place into a large bowl. Repeat the same process for the Cantaloupe. Make sure to use the butter knife step to ensure the best results as well. Add cantaloupe into the bowl and keep chilled in the fridge.
Step 2: The Cucumber
Peel two medium sized cucumbers and cut into “Wagon Wheel” slices. Not too thick and not too thin. Add the cucumber slices into the same bowl with the melons. Take a few stems of the Spearmint and peel off the leaves and spread into the melon bowl.
Finish the bowl of fruit by adding a squeeze or two of Agave Nectar or honey and toss the salad in the bowl and mix the ingredients together. Keep the bowl of fruit in a refrigerator and covered until time of serving.