Fruit Salad with Orange Vanilla Yogurt Dressing with Greek yogurt, fresh orange juice, vanilla and agave is a modern spin on classic fruit salad.
I was not terribly crazy about fruit salad of my younger days. I don’t recall a lot of freshness going on, as it usually involved a canned fruit cocktail. Is that even real fruit? Have never eaten it–seriously. But, my mom did the best she could.
We always had strawberries, blueberries and cantaloupe on the farm. Blueberries became pie (OMG Mom’s pies!) and strawberries were spooned over shortcake.
To this day, every cantaloupe reminds me of my dad. He’d bring in cantaloupe from the garden that was still warm from the sun, spread newspaper out on the kitchen table, pull out his jackknife and slice it for us to devour. Happy memory!
I tried a variety of different types of summer fruit together and found it best to keep it simple. Strawberries, blueberries and cantaloupe are perfectly happy together and there’s not much labor involved.
How to make Fruit Salad with Orange – Vanilla Yogurt Dressing:
- All you need to do is wash the blueberries and they’re done.
- Wash the strawberries, slice, then they’re done!
- My dad didn’t, but always, always, always wash the exterior of any melon thoroughly before cutting into it. Yes, we survived, but remember, that melon was on the ground–somewhere. If you don’t wash it thoroughly, you can transfer bacteria from the outside onto the flesh of the melon.
- Remove the seeds and using the small end of a melon baller, scoop as many little melon balls as possible. You need approximately 6 cups for this recipe.
- Don’t worry if they’re not perfect; try not to waste a lot of the melon.
- Combine the fruit in a bowl.
- Whereas a summer fruit salad of another era often contained processed freezer whipped topping or mayonnaise, my fruit salad dressing has Greek yogurt. Thick, rich Greek yogurt with freshly squeezed orange juice, vanilla extract and agave nectar!
- You can use nonfat Greek yogurt, but it can be too thin to coat the fruit; I prefer the viscosity of whole milk yogurt.
So good, so beautiful and so summery! Serve alongside Brioche French Toast for a lovely, elegant breakfast!
More great fruit recipes:
- How to Bake a Fruit Pie in Half The Time
- Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream and Honey Balsamic Drizzle
- Grilled Pound Cake with Balsamic-Macerated Strawberries and Mascarpone Cream
- Chocolate Avocado Mousse
- Massaged Kale, Beet and Blueberry Salad with Honey – Balsamic Dressing
Fruit Salad with Orange Vanilla Yogurt Dressing
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- 1 pound strawberries - sliced
- 1 pint blueberries
- 6 cups cantaloupe balls - approximately 1 medium or 1/2 large cantaloupe
- 1 cup whole-milk Greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons orange juice - approximately 1/2 large orange
- 3 tablespoons honey - or agave nectar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- orange zest - for garnish
- mint leaves - for garnish
- Combine strawberries, blueberries and cantaloupe in a large bowl.
- Combine yogurt, orange juice, agave nectar and vanilla in a small bowl.
- Pour over salad and gently toss.
- Garnish with orange zest and mint leaves and serve immediately.
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