Sooo today we are putting ALL the summer fruits together on one pretty plate!!!
So I’m kind of “juiced up”(pun intended) to share this fruit plate with you. I mean, this isn’t really a recipe, so much as it is me telling you how I like to put together my favorite summer fruits! Crazy simple, and crazy basic, but so much fun!
First things first though, let’s just talk a little about summer in general. Like how is your summer going? I cannot even believe we are more than half way through JULY!! Why is it that summer always flies by way too fast?!
I am determined to take a little break sometime soon and just sit in the sun and CHILL. Anyone else with me or what?
For real though, what have you guys been doing, and man even more importantly, what have you guys been eating?? In the food department, I have been living summer up. I’m talking all the veggies, all the fruits and everything grilled. I am LOVING it. I actually have zero thoughts of fall (my favorite season) rolling through my head. In fact, I am currently wishing summer could last a whole year. I’m just kind of loving these long days, full of sunshine and warmer temps. Totally my thing…check back in a month or so and I might be getting excited for fall, but right now, I am all about SUMMER.
Plus, I’ve got little miss Asher hanging out with me a lot more since she’s on summer vacation. We’ve been doing crafts, making doughnuts, a little cleaning, and then, umm, more doughnuts?
What…the girl likes her chocolate. A LOT. Can you blame her, nope!
OKok, let’s chat about this summer fruit plate!
Isn’t it the prettiest?!? When I shot it last week I was basically jumping up and down with excitement. Yes, summer berries and stone fruits totally EXCITE me.
So, here’s the deal. This really is not a recipe, it’s more of a guide…me telling you exactly what I love to put on my summer fruit plates. You ready? Here it goes!
I start with the fruits, I mean, obviously. Really, you cannot go wrong here. I personally love a nice variety. I like to go with mixed berries, melons, stone fruits, tropical fruits, like mangos and/or pineapple, and of course fresh figs! There are ZERO rules when it comes to a fruit plate, so have fun with it and use YOUR very favorite fruits. For the board pictured, I went with…
…nectarines + peaches
Ahh, yeah, I like a lot of fruit, oh man, it is SO good!
Ok, now for the kind of fun parts. For me personally, no fruit plate is complete without at least a little cheese. Yes, seriously, cheese is needed! I like to take buffalo mozzarella balls and roll them in basil pesto, it’s DELISH for snacking bite by bite or for eating along with your fruit. I find that mozzarella and basil go with basically every fruit.
To finish, I like to add some kind of nut. For this plate I went with honey roasted almonds because I love honey and fruit together.
OH, that reminds me! I also love adding honeycomb. One, it adds such a pretty touch, and two, it’s awesome with stone fruits and figs. YUM!
DONE. So that’s my fruit plate. Simple right? This plate is perfect for any summer gathering or just a light lunch with friends. It’s actually what I served yesterday to the film crew…with maybe a little more cheese and a few extra carbs to fill us up! 🙂
SOOOO, if you guys have any fun fruit plate combos, I would love to hear about them! LET ME KNOW!
Summer Fruit Plate.
- 2 cups fresh berries (blueberries blackberries, strawberries, raspberries)
- 2 nectarines and or peaches sliced
- 1 mango diced
- 1 cup fresh cherries
- 8 fresh figs
- 1/2 cantaloupe sliced or cubed
- 1/2 small watermelon sliced or cubes
- honyecomb or honey
- honey roasted almonds
- fresh basil
Pesto Rolled Mozzarella
- 2 cups fresh basil
- 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
- 1/3 cup fresh parmesan cheese grated
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 8 ounces buffalo mozzarella balls or bocconcini
Arrange everything on a large serving plate. Serve with the pesto rolled mozzarella. Keep the plate cool until ready to serve.
Pesto Rolled Mozzarella
Finely chop the basil and add it to a medium size bowl. Chop the pine nuts, add them to the bowl with the basil and arugula. Add the parmesan and a pinch of salt + pepper. Pour in the olive oil. Using a fork mix well and then sort of mash all the ingredients together with the fork. If desired add more olive oil until your desired consistency is reached.
Add the mozzarella to a bowl and toss with a few tablespoons of the pesto. Serve along side the fruit plate. You will have extra pesto.
In the meantime, I’ll just be over here, eating my weight in summer fruit! 🙂