A Melon-Nectarine Salad You Could Begin and End Dinner With

August 15, 2016

Most summer fruit salads are a concoction of the usual suspects—watermelon, strawberries, grapes, blueberries, and pineapple chopped together in a bowl. But this Melon and Nectarine Shaved Summer Salad is nothing like that—instead, its shaved ribbons of melon and nectarine lend appealing elegance, and the natural sweetness of the melon and nectarines is heightened by a drizzle of lemon and honey. Crushed pistachios spiced with a dash of cardamon add some texture.

Tailor the salad with your choice of melon, and serve it at an afternoon dinner party with a glass of white wine while the sun goes down. It can even be served as a light ending to your meal—or for breakfast.

In your opinion, what makes a good fruit salad? Tell us in the comments.

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EL August 15, 2016
Many fruit salads are too sweet. I think the one I'll always remember best was one that one of my friends served that used a balsamic vinagrette dressing instead of the usual too sweet dressings. I especially like strawberries with balsamic dressing, but blueberries work well as well. During strawberry season, I mostly eat fresh strawberries with lettuce and arugula with a simple balsamic dressing. But I also will take fruit with a simple whipped cream dressing. . .
Briana R. August 15, 2016
Balsamic and strawberries sooo belong together! Thank you for sharing!
Paula H. August 16, 2016
Agree, much prefer the tang, I like balsamic and lime juice with chopped basil on melon.