Fruit Salads That Dazzle

 

 

 

 

Here are five fresh recipes that take flavour and good looks to a whole new level.

 

The modern fruit salad has done away with the kitchen-sink approach—we’re looking at you, fruit cup. Instead, it focuses on a smaller selection of ripe, peak-season fruit accented with vibrant dressings, fresh herbs and crunchy garnishes. Catch this new wave with any one of our five recipes, sweet or savoury, and you’ll never look at fruit salad the same way again.

    

Nectarine and Tomato Salad with Fried Halloumi And Basil

Nectarine and Tomato Salad with Fried Halloumi And Basil

A platter of sweet nectarines and juicy tomatoes becomes a satisfying salad with the addition of salty, squeaky pan-seared halloumi.

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What to Serve

Anciano 7 Year Gran Reserva Tempranillo, Valdepenas DO

The salad’s tomato and nectarine combination will be flattered by the fine tannins and balanced acidity of this smooth, mature red with elegant red cherry and cedar spice notes.

Mango and Grilled Pineapple Salad With Coconut-Lime Dressing

Mango and Grilled Pineapple Salad With Coconut-Lime Dressing

 

Succulent slices of mango are paired with smoky grilled pineapple in a tropical fruit salad with coconut chips, mint and a tangy coconut milk dressing.

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What to Serve

Brickworks Ciderhouse Stadium Island Peach Cider

Made with fresh Ontario peaches and apples, this cider cuts through the dressing to complement the charred sweetness of the fruit.

Plum and Parmigiano Salad With Red-Wine Fennel Syrup

Plum and Parmigiano Salad With Red-Wine Fennel Syrup

 

The lovechild of a cheese course and dessert finds ripe plums and nutty Parmesan drizzled with a vibrant syrup of red wine, honey and fennel seeds.

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What to Serve

Carpineto Dogajolo Rosso Toscano IGT

Aromas of cherry, leather and spice carry into the flavours of this extra-dry medium-bodied Tuscan red. Its earthy fruit embraces the salty Parmigiano and contrasts nicely with the fennel.

Cantaloupe & Cucumber Salad with Queso Fresco & Spiced Pepitas

Cantaloupe & Cucumber Salad with Queso Fresco & Spiced Pepitas

This savoury fruit salad gives fragrant melon and crunchy cukes some Latin flair with queso fresco, spicy pumpkin seeds and a zesty lime dressing.

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What to Serve

Bougrier Vouvray Chenin Blanc

Flavours of cream and hazelnut in this vibrant, slightly off-dry wine reach out to the queso while the wine’s bountiful peach, pear and mango aromas are a great match with the cantaloupe.

Red Fruit Salad With Yogurt and Chocolagte Granola

Red Fruit Salad With Yogurt and Chocolagte Granola

A salad of orange-scented cherries and berries becomes a regal breakfast (or tasty dessert) with homemade chocolate granola and creamy yogurt.

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What to Serve

KLB Raspberry Wheat Ale

The raspberry in this medium-bodied but refreshingly crisp ale reaches out to the fruit in the salad. Slightly sweet malt and tart acidity are nicely balanced.