There’s a little something about this combination of fruit that does it for me: Honey Dew, Strawberries and Blueberries. Add in a simple, lemony dressing (I’m almost embarrassed to tell you, it’s so easy) of lemon yogurt, finely zested lemon and a few poppy seeds, and there you have it. Familiar, tasty and just a bit sophisticated; this always goes over well.
You can, of course, make this out of what ever fruit you think would go well with lemon, but if you’re toting this anywhere, make sure the fruit you use is sturdy enough to stand up to being shaken around a bit, and very soft fruits like raspberries or blackberries can easily be crushed by the heavier honeydew, so keep that in mind when choosing fruit.
As a matter of fact, this is one of my favorite summer camping recipes. I cut up the fruit and place it in one container that’s just large enough to hold the fruit with a little extra room for mixing, then I mix up the lemon yogurt and put it in small container. On site, before lunch or dinner, or when everyone is back from what ever they’re doing, I mix it together. It gets devoured! Even on a first night of backpacking when no one seems to feel like eating.
If your family is one, like mine, that tends to relish a honeydew when its first opened, but then begins to ignore it, try making this salad with the remains. There will definitely be renewed interest. If you’d like to go with a Greek yogurt, it’s your best bet.
The juices of the fruit will leach out and make this rather unattractive the next day – still good, but watery. It could be quickly refreshed with a quick strain and fresh yogurt, but those watery juices taste so good, why bother? As a matter of fact, left overs make a great smoothie, too.
Lemon Poppy Seed Fruit Salad
- 1/2 Honey Dew Melon, cut into bite sized chunks
- 8 ounces (1/2 pint) strawberries, hulled and quartered
- 8 ounces (1/2 pint) blueberries
- 1 individual package lemon yogurt
- 1/2 lemon – zest first, then use a tablespoon or so of juice, to taste
- 2 teaspoons to a tablespoon of poppy seeds
- Brown sugar or honey, if desired
Prepare fruit and add to a large bowl. In a smaller container, mix yogurt (for this amount of salad, I often use 1/2 of the container, saving the rest in case there is some salad left over) the zest of the lemon (to taste) and about a tablespoon of lemon juice and the poppy seeds.
Gently mix the dressing into the fruit. Taste your fruit salad and if the is quite tart, add a teaspoon or so of brown sugar.
Note: this is not nearly as attractive the next day as it becomes quite watery, but tastes every bit as good, if not better.
Let’s talk about how to save money/time on this recipe:
- Use a coupon matching site! One of my favorites in my area is Pocket Your Dollars, but every store has a group of enthusiastic Coupon Matchers. Do not discount the savings! I check their site every week, even if I don’t “need” to go to the store and often find bargains I can’t pass up.
- Follow my 12 Strategies – You’ll see them on the upper drop down menu of every page and how I apply them, below.
- Don’t get discouraged if your prices don’t match mine! Keep shopping at the best prices and your fridge/freezer and pantry will be stocked with sales priced ingredients.
- Read below for additional tips as well as throughout the recipe, for saving time and managing food.
- Honeydew: I always try to buy on sale – and I usually find the best prices on the per item type sales – when a honeydew goes on sale for $1.89, for instance, as opposed to so much per pound. Honeydew is a great snack to have on hand, and if it looks like the family won’t be eating it all, I cube it up and make this fruit salad. I used almost, half, bought at Aldi’s, so my cost for this salad was about 90 cents.
- Strawberries: These go on sale all summer long, so there isn’t much sense in paying full price – timing is key. Aldi’s has had them for $1.49 a pound, a great price in our area, and the regular grocery stores have been having sales, especially prior to every summer holiday. At the high-end, I wouldn’t pay more than $2.00 to $2.50 a pound. I always smell my berries in the store – if they don’t smell good, they won’t taste good. Cost: 75 cents.
- Blueberries: These go on sale all summer long, so there isn’t much sense in paying full price – timing is key. Aldi’s has had them for $1.69 a pound, a great price in our area, and the regular grocery stores have been having sales, especially prior to every summer holiday. At the high-end, I wouldn’t pay more than $2.00 a pound. I always smell my berries in the store – if they don’t smell good, they won’t taste good. Cost: 85 cents.
- Yogurt: I habitually buy the large cartons of yogurt, even when I can get the individual ones on sale with a coupon, just because I try to avoid as many additives and as much sugar as possible and I find them to be a bit better quality. If I feel like a flavored yogurt, I’ll add in a bit of fruit to my bowl, or maybe a teaspoon of jam. For a salad like this, I made an exception and bought a lemon flavored yogurt. Cost 89 cents.
- Lemon: In season in the winter months here – lemons are often on sale through out the year 3 to 4 to a dollar. The rind holds as much or more flavor than the juice, so I often grate it off before using and store in a Ziploc in my freezer – the little bit dries up but still holds more flavor than the store-bought. If I’m in a pinch and don’t have lemon, I’ll use it instead. Microwave your lemon for a bit if it’s hard and/or roll it on the counter before you juice it and it will break down easier. If you just need a small amount, pierce your lemon with a fork and squeeze out, then remember to use it – later. I bag it and put it in the door of the fridge. Cost 15 cents?
- Poppy Seeds: While sold in the bakery aisle, I don’t really count these as herbs or spices, and instead look for larger bags in the produce aisle. If you happen to have access to a store in your area that services people from many of the European areas, you may find great bargains there – poppy seeds figure strongly in many of the pastries traditionally made. Keep them in a heavy Ziploc in your freezer. Cost, about 10 cents.
Put Your own Spin on It:
This salad can be varied in so many ways – use your imagination!
- Instead of poppy seeds, try adding a little mint, perhaps even basil if you’re feeling wild.
- Other flavors may work very well, and other fruits, too. The same basic concept could figure in a great many varieties.