Thursday, June 3, 2010

Berry Fruit Salad

I threw this salad together last week when I had a ladies luncheon to go to, and very little time.  The blackberries in the back yard were at their peak; all I had to do was run to the store for some strawberries.  I am sure you could substitute blueberries, raspberries, fresh peaches, or whatever else is in season.  Don't rinse the berries until you need them...or they'll turn mushy. 

Berry Fruit Salad

2 pints fresh blackberries, rinsed and patted dry
1 pound fresh strawberries, rinsed, patted dry, and cut into quarters
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Fresh mint sprigs for garnish, if desired

In a large bowl, combine the blackberries, strawberries, honey, mint, and lime juice.  Taste and adjust the flavors to your liking.  If you like more lime juice, mint, or honey, go for it.  I added a tad more honey because our home-grown fruit is not as sweet as the blackberries you would buy at the store. 

Carefully pour the salad into a pretty bowl.  Garnish with the mint sprigs.  Serve immediately or chill for no more than 6 hours...any longer, and the blackberries will wilt. 

Enjoy this taste of summer, and God bless your table tonight!

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