Friday, July 24, 2009

Summer Favorites- Watermelon-Nectarine Salad

Watermelon is Sweet. Delicious. Thirst-quenching. Dessert-satisfying. The perfect summer food.
Add a few ripe nectarines, a fabulous lime syrup and you have got yourself the best fruit salad/dish/dessert. Ever.
We first made this salad 2 years ago as part of our 4th of July celebration and it has been circulating through my summer meals ever since. I have posted about it twice before-HERE
and HERE. (I replaced the photos from both of those posts with these pictures because the ones here are much better) I have made it multiple times this summer and finally got some good photos. I am posting about it again, because it is just that good.
You make the lime syrup ahead of time and then, right before serving, you add the nectarines and syrup. This salad is a definite crowd pleaser and it is easy peasy. If you like watermelon at all, I am sure you will love this salad.

1/3 cup sugar
2 T fresh lime juice
2 tsps freshly grated lime peel
6 cups seedless or seeded watermelon chunks
3 ripe nectarines

1. Put sugar and 4 T water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 2 to 3 minutes, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; stir in lime juice. Refrigerate until cold. Refrigerate watermelon in serving bowl.

2. SHORTLY BEFORE SERVING: Cut nectarines in wedges; add to watermelon. Stir lime peel into syrup, drizzle over fruit and toss to mix and coat


Marie Rayner said...

How wonderfully refreshing Mary Ann!!

Creative Classroom Core said...

What tasty flavors!

~~louise~~ said...

What a GREAT recipe for Watermelon Month Mary Ann. Do you mind if I borrow it for the Watermelon Month post I did a few days ago?

Barbara said...

Easy, pretty and summery. Love it.

Kerstin said...

The lime syrup sounds so perfect with the fruit - yum! Watermelon is such a great summer treat!

Aloha_Misty said...

That was AMAZING! I want to eat the whole bowl!

CaliforniaKat said...

I have a ton of watermelon and someone gave me a half dozen nectarines yesterday, so this is why I'm on your website now.

Totally going to try this tonight. Thanks for the idea.

CaliforniaKat said...

Just wanted to come back and tell you this was delicious. Any leftover lime dressing can be turned into lime soda with some club soda.