Happy Monday friends!
I hope you had as wonderful of a weekend as I did — I was visiting Michigan!
Do you know how beautiful it is there? Go visit! #PureMichigan!
Well, after a weekend in a state known for their cherries, I had to bring you this simple, throw-together-in-a-pinch stone fruit salad!
Summer is stone fruit season!
What’s a stone fruit you may ask? They’re fruits with flesh surrounding a pit (or seeds) in the center that resembles a stone. Cherries, nectarines, mangoes, peaches, and apricots are all summer stone fruits! Which one is your favorite?
When you’re shopping for fruit, make sure the skin is taught, not wrinkled or damaged, the flesh feels like you can bite right into it, and the color is vibrant!
These fruits each contain their own unique nutritious components — FIBER, various vitamins & minerals, and even protein! Don’t shy away from fruit as the perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert because of it’s sugar content…
A) It’s natural sugar, not added, like in cake or cookies
B) Fruit contains other beneficial components that balances out the sugar content. (Read: fiber, vitamins and minerals, and protein).
Apricots, for example, contain just 80 calories for an entire CUP of the sliced fruit, 3.3g fiber and 2.3g protein!
This stone fruit salad doesn’t even require much of a recipe. Slice, dice, chop, julienne your favorite stone fruits and throw ’em together! I topped it with a squirt of lime for some tang! Look for contrasting flavors if you decide to alter the fruits listed below. Cherries are sweet, but plums can have a tartness unlike the pucker from lime. Mangos, if overripe, can be mushy and too sweet. Look for a firm and ripe fruit that holds together well when cut.
- 1/2 cup mango, chopped
- 1/2 cup nectarines, chopped
- 1/2 cup plums, diced
- 1/2 cup apricots, quartered
- 1/4 cup cherries, halved
- Juice from 1/2 lime
- Prepare all fruit by cutting into bite-sized pieces. Feel free to chop, dice, julienne, etc. Combine all fruit in a medium to large bowl.
- Once all fruit is prepared, squeeze the juice from half of a lime over the top. Mix gently and let sit for at least 30 minutes (optional, but recommended).
- Enjoy! (Yes, it’s that simple!)
How do you eat this medley of fruit? Top your oatmeal or yogurt, dive into a big bowl sprinkled with some chia seeds and granola, or sub jam (on PB&J) for fresh fruit salad…the possibilities are endless! That’s what makes fruit salad one of my most favorite things! You can enjoy so many fruits at once!
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Have a happy Meatless Monday!