Quince Blossom and a Lazy Saturday Salad Recipe: Strawberry and Mint Fruit Salad

Lazy Saturday Salad Recipe: Strawberry and Mint Fruit Salad

Lazy Saturday Salad Recipe: Strawberry and Mint Fruit Salad

Quince Blossom and a Lazy Saturday Salad Recipe:

Strawberry and Mint Fruit Salad

Strawberries

Strawberries

Today has been a lazy day for me, for a change! My daughter has gone back home and I have just pottered all day – in the garden as well as in the kitchen. It’s all about strawberries today, and I have made a batch of Strawberry Curd, a batch of Strawberry and Vanilla Jam as well as this Strawberry and Mint Fruit Salad…….for the second time this week. The sky is full of the most amazing “story book” fluffy clouds this hot Saturday, and for one idle hour I “made” pictures from them as I lay on an old sun lounger. The birds are busy building nests and Willow, my Burmese cat, is also sunbathing on the terrace, whilst the chickens are enjoying “dust baths” at the bottom of the garden. It’s one of those perfect spring days where you can almost see summer meandering over the hill and our trusty barbecue has been dusted off and is ready for al fresco dining later on tonight. In light of all of this summery weather, I was delighted to buy a large tray of local strawberries last week………red ripe and bursting with that enticing strawberry smell, we have eaten them “naked”, (the strawberries that is, not us!) with breakfast yoghurt, in some little cakes, Strawberry Fair Yoghurt Cupcakes, as well as in fruit salads. I have made curd and jam, as I mentioned before and I also plan to make some creamy desserts with the few that are left……it has been a veritable strawberry fest and I’m looking forward to the soft fruit season with anticipation.

Strawberry and Mint Fruit Salad

Lazy Saturday Salad Recipe: Strawberry and Mint Fruit Salad

Not only are the birds and chickens enjoying this amazing weather, but all of my fruit trees have burst into life and they are all laden with blossom.  To the side of the garden, nestling against an old stone wall, is my beloved quince tree……bedecked in a haze of pale pink blossom it looks like a “tree bride” waiting to walk down the aisle! The smell is intoxicating and if the amount of blossom is to be believed, I am in for a bumper crop this year. My wild cherry tree is also covered in billowing white blossom, whilst my old fig tree is looking resplendent in pale green……..maybe all of this wet weather has been just what the gardening doctor ordered for my garden. The lilac tree is in full bloom and I picked a huge bunch to adorn my house, as well as some flowering rosemary too…….it’s all burgeoning and bursting with beautiful blossom!

Garden, Spring Blossom, The Quince Tree

Spring Blossom and The Quince Tree

Today’s supper will be taken outside, under the quince tree and Malcolm is setting the table and chairs as I type. It’s going to be a simple grilled lemon and rosemary chicken dish, barbecued and served with fresh peas and new potatoes……..and a goodly helping of Strawberry and Mint Fruit Salad, with a jug of Pimms too. I hope you are enjoying the weather wherever you are, have a wonderful Saturday and do try this fruit salad recipe with lots of fresh mint, it’s truly amazing as well as low in calories and fat-free. (minus cream of course!) I’ll be back tomorrow with another recipe and some more daily musings, see you later, Karen. 

Coming soon……..Strawberry Curd

Strawberry Curd

Strawberry Curd

Quince Blossom and a Lazy Saturday Salad Recipe: Strawberry and Mint Fruit Salad

Quince Blossom and a Lazy Saturday Salad Recipe: Strawberry and Mint Fruit Salad

Strawberry and Mint Fruit Salad

Serves 6
Prep time 20 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Dessert, Salad, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Barbecue, Birthday Party, Casual Party, Christmas, Easter, Formal Party, Thanksgiving, Valentines day
Region British
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
A deliciously fresh fruit salad with mint, this is easily made and it perfect for a summer dessert, as well as for any dinner parties or large gatherings. In place of the water, use sparkling wine for special occasions. Serve with crème fraîche, cream or ice cream

Ingredients

  • 1 x punnet of strawberries, hulled and cut in half (350g to 400g)
  • 2 oranges, segments cut in half (peeled, membrane and pith removed)
  • 2 apples (peeled, cored and cut into small chunks)
  • 6 kiwi fruit (peeled and cut into small chunks)
  • juice of one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons caster sugar
  • natural fruit squash made with 300mls water (such as strawberry, orange, apple etc)
  • small bunch of mint (leaves finely chopped and some left whole for garnish)

Note

A deliciously fresh fruit salad with mint, this is easily made and it perfect for a summer dessert, as well as for any dinner parties or large gatherings. In place of the water, use sparkling wine for special occasions. Serve with crème fraîche, cream or ice cream

Directions

Step 1 Mix the fruit squash, sugar and lemon juice together and stir until the sugar dissolves. If the squash is sweet enough already, omit the sugar.
Step 2 Arrange the prepared fruit in an attractive glass serving bowl in layers, with the chopped mint leaves in between each layer.
Step 3 Pour over the lemon and fruit squash mixture, gently mix the fruit through the juice and then arrange some mint leaves on top of the salad as a garnish.
Step 4 Keep covered in the fridge for up to 2 days. Not suitable for freezing.
Quince Blossom and a Lazy Saturday Salad Recipe: Strawberry and Mint Fruit Salad

Quince Blossom and a Lazy Saturday Salad Recipe: Strawberry and Mint Fruit Salad

 

Quince Blossom and a Lazy Saturday Salad Recipe: Strawberry and Mint Fruit Salad

Quince Blossom and a Lazy Saturday Salad Recipe: Strawberry and Mint Fruit Salad

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Comments

  1. says

    Mmm – I long for fresh strawberries – it’s still quite chilly up here in Scotland so strawbs seem a long way away! I’ve never had strawberry curd before – looking forward to the recipe Karen. Enjoy the sun – I’m not envious – not much! ;-) Vohn x

  2. says

    What a delicious looking salad. I especially love your glass serveware. I’m looking forward to the strawberry curd!

    Have a lovely day!

  3. says

    Looking forward to strawberries, and all the other yummies Elderflower and so on I made Jasmine Coconut and Honey Pannacotta with Papaya Ginger compote last night. It was from the amazing Great Escape East book, by Gordon Ramsay. Seriously good!
    Your pictures are superb Wolds Way Lavender and Strawberry Fruit Cup sounds interesting.

  4. says

    WOW! I just ate strawberry float today! I think I have to try this refreshing strawberry salad this weekend. Thanks for sharing all the links you’ve posted. Keep on posting! :-D

  5. says

    I really love strawberries. I also appreciate them “naked” … as they are. I hope, I get some from the garden this year, if only a few. This post definitely has made hungry for strawberries.

  6. Lisa Williams says

    adding the mint is such a good idea it freshens it up so well and strawberry curd has now ended up on my to make list from your blog :)

  7. Rebecca Rosendale says

    I love fruit salad, never thought of adding mint though. Although someone introduced me to cracked pepper with strawberries recently and that is delicious too.

  8. Rikka B says

    Last year was a bumper year for wild blackberries, I still have a couple of bags that I picked on dog walks in the freezer. Oh dear my grammar, I didn’t have dog walks in the freezer, I have bags of blackberries (which I picked last year on dog walks) in the freezer. Lovely warmed up over ice cream, or in home made yoghurt.

  9. SUSAN L HALL says

    The thought of this Strawberry and Mint Fruit Salad just brings on images of summer afternoons it looks so yummy – i love strawberries and Kiwis

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