Red, White and Blue Fruit and Cheese Salad: Fresh seasonal berries and mozzarella pearls are dressed in a simple orange-flavored olive oil zapped with vanilla. It’s like a fruit and cheese plate in a bowl.
I always go for the side salads first at a picnic, don’t you? I want to see what everyone has brought — the crunchy stuff, the fruity mixtures, the tangy and the tasty.
I’m making this fruity, cheesy salad for July 4th, and I make it for Memorial Day and any other day when I feel like being patriotic. Red, white and blue is always fashionable, isn’t it?
This salad takes advantage of fresh seasonal berries, those tiny little balls of fresh mozzarella, and some orange-flavored olive oil for the simple dressing.
And you might not even need a hot dog or a burger, with flavors like this.
How to make a Red, White and Blue Fruit and Cheese Salad
1. Assemble your ingredients. You don’t need a lot of ingredients when they’re all simply fantastic all by themselves.
2. Put them all in a bowl and stir gently. Either plate individually or allow people to serve themselves.
3. How to serve or eat Red, White and Blue Fruit and Cheese Salad?
–Place in a big serving bowl and allow others to serve themselves.
–Plate it for your meal in individual bowls. It should serve 3-4, depending on appetites
–For a larger gathering, you could put it in those small plastic cups, so the colors and visible, and no one has to go digging around in a serving bowl.
–Serve for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Think of this like your own fruit and cheese platter, in a bowl!
4. What if you don’t have or can’t find an ingredient?
–If you cannot find mozzarella pearls (called Ciliegine, which are the size of a cherry, or even Perlini, which are extra small) , use a ball of fresh mozarella and dice it into the size you want. Yes, it won’t be round, but who cares?
–If you don’t have or can’t find orange flavored olive oil, use the lightest flavored olive oil you can find. You may add a drop or 2 of orange extract, or just omit that, and the orange zest will take care of it for you.
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This post was originally published June 29, 2014 and has been refreshed and republished today.
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