Cherries and berries together with cooling mint, zesty lemon and hint of cinnamon and cardamon. It’s a healthy, delicious combination that’s super simple and easy to put together!
Tis the season when cherries and berries are abundant and inexpensive, making it a perfect time to indulge in their sweet nutrition. Since there isn’t a fruit salad in the recipe collection, I thought is was about time to finally add one. So today, I share with you this fairly classic summer berry salad to share with family and friends, or just enjoy all to yourself.
Cherries and berries have super star power!
The color pigment of these naturally sweet fruits is what makes them so healthy. Loaded with antioxidants – polyphenols and anthocyanins – these might little fruits may help with anti-aging, enhance memory and reduce inflammation of the body. They have a good amount of fiber, are an excellent source of vitamin C, and can be eaten daily.
The recipe calls for 6 cups total of fruit, feel free to use whatever combination of berries you like. You may even add an extra cup of your favorite fruit. There is really no wrong way to put this recipe together, making it practically foolproof.
To add layers of flavor to the fruit salad, we’ll add a little chopped mint, a squeeze of lemon juice, and just enough cinnamon and cardamom to add a hint.
The cardamon is really delicious! I know it’s one of those spices that doesn’t get used very much. My hope is that you’ll have it on hand, but if you don’t the cinnamon by itself will be just fine.
The fruit this time of year is so perfectly sweet that I didn’t feel the need to add any type of sweetener. If off-season, or you find your fruits are not very sweet on their own, add a tablespoon or so of sweetener. I suggest pure maple syrup, turbinado (raw) sugar, coconut sugar, or coconut nectar. Add it to the lemon juice and mix to combine. Alternately, drizzle or sprinkle it over top.
Once everything is prepped, place the ingredients into a mixing or serving bowl, and toss to combine.
And there you have it, a healthy, vibrant and yummy fruit salad!
Serve right away as is, or serve with non-dairy yogurt – or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I was all over the vanilla ice cream with this!
Add a little berry power to your day – however you serve yours, enjoy!
SUMMER CHERRY-BERRY FRUIT SALAD
A colorful combination of cherries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries with mint, lemon and flavorful spices. This simple, fresh salad is great all by itself, or paired with non-dairy ice cream or yogurt!
- 2 cups strawberries, tops removed and quartered
- 1 cup cherries, seed removed and sliced in half
- 1 cup raspberries (6 oz. tub)
- 1 cup blueberries (6 oz. tub)
- 1 cup black berries (6 oz. tub)
- 2 – 3 tablespoons fresh mint, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
- 1 large juicy lemon or 3 tablespoons lemon juice
Use any combination of berries, or change the amounts using more or less of each. This is just a template.
The fruits were naturally sweet on their own and didn’t need any sweetener. If you find your cherries and berries are not very sweet, add 1 – 2 tablespoons of sweetener of choice. Add it to the lemon juice, or drizzle/sprinkle it over top of the salad.
Use orange juice in place of lemon for variation.
- Pure maple syrup
- coconut nector
- turbinado (raw) sugar
- coconut sugar
- date syrup