Inspired Belle

Living Beautifully on a Budget

  • 6th July
    2011
  • 06
Fancier Fruit Salad:

Like most Americans, I spent July 4th at a cookout. For me, get-togethers provide the perfect opportunites to take my cooking and presentation skills to the next level, AND impress my friends and family!

Since cookouts are often cornucopias of unhealthy fare, I usually like to bring fruit salad. This watermelon bowl ups the ante with minimal effort!

A few tips to consider when making fruit salad in a watermelon bowl:

1) If the melon doesn’t sit flat, carefully slice the bottom. Just make sure you don’t expose the flesh or you will have a great big mess!

2) Cut off the top of the watermelon first before carving out the edge detail with a sharp knife.

3) A large metal spoon does a great job carving out watermelon flesh. Make sure to leave a little near the top so you get that beautiful green, white, and pink color contrast!

4) Don’t forget to pour out the watermelon juice and save it for other things, like cocktails! While juice will continue to appear, it is fruit salad not soup!

5) I like to refrigerate the shell while preparing the fruit salad in a separate bowl. Once it’s ready, I pour the salad in and put the whole thing in the fridge for a little bit, allowing the flavors to mingle!

6) Any combination of fruits will work, but I like to incorporate a variety of colors into the bowl. This particular salad was a mix of watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, green grapes, and kiwi.

I know this has been done before, and probably much better, but I think it’s the imperfection that gives it character!

Fancier Fruit Salad:

Like most Americans, I spent July 4th at a cookout. For me, get-togethers provide the perfect opportunites to take my cooking and presentation skills to the next level, AND impress my friends and family!

Since cookouts are often cornucopias of unhealthy fare, I usually like to bring fruit salad. This watermelon bowl ups the ante with minimal effort!

A few tips to consider when making fruit salad in a watermelon bowl:

1) If the melon doesn’t sit flat, carefully slice the bottom. Just make sure you don’t expose the flesh or you will have a great big mess!

2) Cut off the top of the watermelon first before carving out the edge detail with a sharp knife.

3) A large metal spoon does a great job carving out watermelon flesh. Make sure to leave a little near the top so you get that beautiful green, white, and pink color contrast!

4) Don’t forget to pour out the watermelon juice and save it for other things, like cocktails! While juice will continue to appear, it is fruit salad not soup!

5) I like to refrigerate the shell while preparing the fruit salad in a separate bowl. Once it’s ready, I pour the salad in and put the whole thing in the fridge for a little bit, allowing the flavors to mingle!

6) Any combination of fruits will work, but I like to incorporate a variety of colors into the bowl. This particular salad was a mix of watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, green grapes, and kiwi.

I know this has been done before, and probably much better, but I think it’s the imperfection that gives it character!