Today’s a bonus Sunday.

Fruit Salad | halfbakedharvest.com for @President Cheese #artofcheese

Fruit Salad | halfbakedharvest.com for @President Cheese #artofcheese

Today I have not one, but two recipes to share with you guys.

And they are both simple, healthy and totally perfect for summer.

First though, how was you 4th of July?

Did you eat tons of BBQ? Go to the parade, watch fireworks? Drink pretty red, white and blue drinks?

Mine was pretty low-key, but for me that was good. Things are always busy around here, so a low-key day was nice. I even had a great view of the local firework right from our deck, it was kind of picture perfect actually.

So I’d have to say I had a pretty good 4th! Hip, hip hooray!

Fruit Salad | halfbakedharvest.com for @President Cheese #artofcheese

Fruit Salad | halfbakedharvest.com for @President Cheese #artofcheese

But let’s talk about some serious stuff. Stuff like cheese, and summer meals, and easy party food.

First, the cheese. Specifically two of my favorites, feta and goat cheese.

I am highly in love with both and try to find a reason to sprinkle them atop as many dishes as possible. Even if the dish already has another cheese, I normally find that feta and goat cheese are a really nice finishing touch. Granted my family is a “heavy on the cheese” type of family, but I still think that most people would agree, these two cheeses can rock almost any dish.

Caribbean Jerk Salmon with Curried Pineapple and Goat Cheese Salad | halfbakedharvest.com for @President Cheese #artofcheese

The creamy President Goat Cheese adds an awesome tang to this spiced jerk salmon and helps to balance all the flavors. It just pulls everything together. This dish is super quick and healthy and makes for a great dinner party meal. It’s kind of sophisticated but yet has a fun side too. Of course it’s also delicious which is really the most important part.

The fruit salad is just a whole bunch of summer fruit, tossed with some fresh herbs and President Valbreso Feta. I know that feta cheese may seem a little odd in a fruit salad, but this goat cheese feta is perfect when paired with sweet fruit. I love the combo!

Also, isn’t this the perfect Sunday meal? Add some rice + grilled bread and you are good to go!

Caribbean Jerk Salmon with Curried Pineapple and Goat Cheese Salad | halfbakedharvest.com for @President Cheese #artofcheese

Caribbean Jerk Salmon with Curried Pineapple and Goat Cheese Salad | halfbakedharvest.com for @President Cheese #artofcheese

Caribbean Jerk Salmon with Curried Pineapple and Goat Cheese Salad + Fruit Salad.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories Per Serving: 215 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Ingredients

Caribbean Jerk Salmon

  • 1 pound skin on salmon
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce use reduced sodium for less salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 3 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic minced or grated
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Curried Pineapple and Goat Cheese Salad

  • 1 pineapple cored + chopped
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes halved
  • 1 jalapeno seeded + chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 can black beans drained + rinsed
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 1- teaspoon spicy curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 4 ounces President Goat Cheese crumbled

Instructions

Caribbean Jerk Salmon with Curried Pineapple and Goat Cheese Salad

  • To make the Curried Pineapple and Goat Cheese Salad combine the chopped pineapple, grape tomatoes, jalapeno, cilantro and black beans in a large bowl. Add the lime juice, curry powder, chili powder, cayenne and a pinch of salt. Give it all a good toss. Now add the goat cheese and toss again, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Preheat the grill to medium high heat.
  • In a glass measuring cup or bowl combine the ketchup, soy sauce, orange juice, molasses, curry powder, cayenne pepper, ginger, garlic and olive oil. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the salmon to a medium size bowl or gallon size Ziploc bag and rub with about 1/4 cup of the sauce. Reserve the remaining sauce for later.
  • When the grill is hot, add the salmon, flesh side down. Grill about 3-4 minutes and then flip, baste with a little of the jerk sauce and grill about another two to three minutes. Remove the salmon from the grill, allow to cool a few minutes and then remove the skin from the salmon and cut into four equal pieces.
  • Divide the curried pineapple and goat cheese salad among dinner plates and top each plate with a piece of salmon. Garnish with crumbled goat cheese and fresh cilantro if desired.

Fruit Salad

  • 1. Using a sharp knife cut the watermelon in half. Use a melon baller to scoop out the watermelon or cut sections of the watermelon out and then dice.
  • 2. Add half the watermelon, half the strawberries, half the blackberries, half the blueberries and half the pineapple to a large bowl. Drizzle the juice of 1 lemon over the fruit and then sprinkle with half the mint or basil. Top that with half of the valbreso feta. Now add the remaining, watermelon, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and pineapple. Drizzle again with the juice of 1 lemon and the remaining mint or basil. Sprinkle with the remaining Valbreso Feta.
  • 3. Carefully scoop the fruit into the empty watermelon bowls. Serve immediately or cover with plastic and place in the fridge for up 6 hours.

Notes

The fruit salad can also be served in a large bowl or divided amongst smaller serving glasses
Nutritional values are based on an individual serving

Caribbean Jerk Salmon with Curried Pineapple and Goat Cheese Salad | halfbakedharvest.com for @President Cheese #artofcheese

Happiest Sunday feasting!

 

 

*This post is sponsored by Président Cheese. Thank you for supporting the brands I love!. All opinions are my own.

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  1. 3 stars
    I made this with the salmon and the pineapple salad – I did not make the watermelon fruit salad. This was good, but I would make changes next time to make it more to my liking.

    The pineapple “salad” is basically a fruit salsa (very spicy!). The flavor of the spicy pineapple salsa completely overwhelmed the flavor of the fish so you couldn’t taste the salmon at all. I used fresh-caught Alaskan salmon and it was wasted in this recipe. I would make this again, but with a mild white fish that pairs well with a spicy fruit salsa. Use a Caribbean fish or shrimp, not salmon for this recipe. Unless you hate the taste of salmon and don’t want to taste the flavor of the fish.

    The flavor of the marinade was good. It’s not my personal favorite for salmon, but it has a nice flavor and I would use it again when I’m looking for something a little different than the usual marinades, but I think the salmon would be better paired with a steamed white rice (or coconut rice) and a plain steamed vegetable so that you can actually taste the flavor of the marinade and the flavor of the fish. Zatarain’s Caribbean Rice would probably be great with this fish/marinade and it has pineapple in it so it would have some of the flavor of the pineapple salsa without competing with the flavor of the marinade. The recipe didn’t specify any greens for the “salad” but the photo showed greens, so I massaged some olive oil into shredded kale to make a bed for the fish and salsa.

    1. Hi! I am sorry you did not fully enjoy this recipe, but thank you for letting me know your thoughts on it! I hope you enjoy some other recipes on my blog!

  2. You are gifted with this craft, you know. This salad is perfect for a weekend stay. I hope to see more exciting recipes. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Both recipies look incredible, however the ingredients for the Fruit Salad are not listed on the web site. Could you please update the post?

  4. Both of these dishes look super delicious! Sounds like you had a great fourth.

  5. The first fruit salad looks absolutely beautiful! I love the fruit and feta combo. It looks so dramatic when served in a watermelon bowl. I can’t wait to try it!

  6. what an interesting flavour combination! love your photography also. thanks for the inspiration.

  7. I’m always up for some amazing summer fruit! Beautiful photos! And salmon? We always need new recipes…Thanks, Tieghan-I loved this bonus Sunday!

  8. Yum! Curried Pineapple + Goat Cheese? That’s so unique and sounds amazing 🙂

  9. Love that first shot of the fruit in the watermelon bowl! This sounds awesome Tieghan.

  10. How in the world did you get the picture with the fruit that seems to be falling? Wow!!! That s really neat!!!! My husband would like the fruit salad I am sure. It doesn’t care for salmon on salad. He likes it on rice though.

      1. The next to the last picture looks like it is being poured out and caught falling. NEAT!!!