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Fruit-Forward Salads for Spring

By: The Local Palate

Sweet to Beat the Heat

Embrace the bounty of the season by incorporating fruit into your salad rotation. It’s all about the texture combination here—from juicy peaches matched with buttery avocado to sweet strawberries with savory grains. We’ve rounded up seven fruit-forward salad recipes to take the guess work out of your spring and summer flavor pairings.

Stone Fruit Salad with Bacon

A great salad is the balanced sum of contrasting flavors and textures—bitter, rich, salty, sweet, soft, crunchy—all with super fresh ingredients. It’s what the snack food industry calls the bliss point, at which human resistance is futile. Case in point: the pork belly stone fruit salad at Charleston, South Carolina’s paean to regional seafood, Chubby Fish. 

Port-Poached Cherry Salad

Peaches in Prosciutto over Lemony Ricotta and Herb Salad

Sweet, juicy peach slices wrapped in a cummerbund of ham and cooked until crisp equals one of the finest summer combinations to be found. 

Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Ginger Elderflower Dressing

Chef Teryi Youngblood incorporates savory ingredients into a strawberry salad to highlight the berry’s variety.  

Watermelon Salad with Mint and Feta

Grilled Peach and Avocado Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

This is a perfect salad to pair with grilled fish, beef, or chicken for an open-fire spread. 

Watershed Ambrosia

This vintage fruit salad consists of layered slices of orange and shredded coconut sprinkled with sea salt and pecans for crunch.

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