Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Cantaloupe Fruit Bowl

Super Simple Cantaloupe Fruit Bowl is loaded with your favorite fruit and a simple dressing to perk up your tastebuds. It is a fun-filled fruit salad, perfect for parties and easy enough for lunch at home.






When I brought this to the table Munchkin's eyes lit up like a kid on Christmas morning.  She and I had so much fun with this.  It was a joy to watch her eat each piece of fruit.  Next time I make it I will add more fruit that she is not as familiar with to make it even more exciting.

I love love love fruit salad. It is so much fun to put together your favorite fruit and dressings and create a spectacular dish. Of course, I love fruit salad at potlucks and picnics. I am pretty sure our every popular Summer Berry Cheesecake Salad will see a ton of parties this year.

But, when you want fruit salad and it is for you and the family, maybe something a little more low-key is what you are looking for. Low key doesn't mean it has to be boring. I love cutting a cantaloupe or a honeydew melon in half and filling it with a simple fruit salad.

We love grapes, melon, and bananas, and it makes a straightforward and spectacular side dish. So, whether you are serving it along side lunch, dinner or just a snack, you can take an extra moment to add some pizzazz to your bowl.

I used the curved vegetable peeler that I had on hand to make a really fun, wavy edge. But, you could certainly just slice the melon in half. Then I scooped out the seeds and used a melon baller to remove the fruit. That left a crater filled melon shell.

The shell is perfect for using as a serving bowl, and that is just what I did. I mixed up some of our favorite fruit, melon, grapes and banana. I added the juice of one lemon and stirred it together.


Enjoy!

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Cantaloupe Fruit Bowl close up




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Cantaloupe Fruit Bowl

Super Simple Cantaloupe Fruit Bowl is loaded with your favorite fruit and a simple dressing to perk up your tastebuds. It is a fun-filled fruit salad, perfect for parties and easy enough for lunch at home.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cantaloupe 
  • 1 cup grapes (I used green, red and black) 
  • 1 medium banana, sliced 
  • ½ lemon, juiced 

Instructions

  1. Slice cantaloupe in half. If you would like a decorative edge, slide your cutter in and out around the cantaloupe. Then, use a melon baller to scoop out the melon from one-half of the melon.
  2. In a medium bowl combine melon balls with grapes and banana slices. Squeeze lemon on top, the lemon will add another dimension and keep the fruit from browning.  Toss gently with a medium size serving spoon to mix. 
  3. Place fruit mixture back into hollowed out cantaloupe half.  Serve at room temperature or chilled.
  4. Enjoy! 

DONNA'S NOTES

  1. To get a fancy edge on the cantaloupe use a vegetable peeler with a curved side or a v-shaped blade.

 

 

Super Simple Cantaloupe Fruit Bowl is loaded with your favorite fruit and a simple dressing to perk up your tastebuds. It is a fun-filled fruit salad, perfect for parties and easy enough for lunch at home.

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15 comments:

  1. What a fun fruit bowl! I love the personal size of it!

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  2. Pretty foods are so much more fun! I love it, Donna.

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  3. Fresh fruit is always so delicious. Beautiful presentation, Donna!

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  4. What a great idea to spruce up the average bowl/presentation. I'm a fruit person, but I think this would easily convert those who aren't just because it looks so pretty and delicious!

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  5. Such a colorful fruit bowl and gorgeous presentation!

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  6. SO beautiful! Simple, but just what I'd love for breakfast, lunch or dessert...perfect.

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  7. I love the smell of ripe cantaloupe.Every bite of it.It looksvery decorative as well;)

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  8. What a fun & awesome dish to make. Thanks for the recipe.

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  9. That's a great idea. It certainly helps that I love good ripe cantaloupe.

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  10. Got a beautiful melon in my CSA box this week and still have half in the fridge. Thanks for a great idea.

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  11. So pretty! !! Great Tasting too love the dressing! !!:) thanks for sharing recipes !!:)

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  12. So pretty! !! Great Tasting too love the dressing! !!:) thanks for sharing recipes !!:)

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