Easy // 15 mins // 3 Cups Dressing

Here’s a simple jam-sweetened coconut flavored fruit dressing.  It’s not too sweet, so it could be a great addition to smoothies too.  If you like it, make a double batch & freeze it in ice cube trays.  I used organic lingonberry jam from IKEA!

Power Blender

Harvest Ingredients
1 Carrot, rough chop
1 Apple, rough chop
1 Pear, rough chop
1 Tangerine or Orange
Apples, Peaches, Pears, Romaine, Carrots
Cucumber, Blueberries, Cantaloupe

Other Ingredients
2 Tbs Coconut Oil
1/4 Tsp Sea Salt
1/2 Cup Favorite Jam
1/2 Cup Macadamia Nuts, roasted & unsalted
1 1/4 Cup Water, divided use
(Opt) Edible Petals

Step 1: Combine the apple, pear & carrot w/ the jam, coconut oil & salt in a skillet and simmer over medium high heat for 5 mins.  Cool slightly, add to the blender jar w/ the juice & zest of the tangerine & blend, adding some of the water as necessary.  Pour into a 1 Quart container.  Add the rest of the water to the blender & wiz to rinse out the jar.  Add this flavored liquid to the dressing & stir or shake to combine. 

Step 2: Prep out all the fruits for the salad.  Hollow out the cantaloupe & dice up the lovely coral colored fruit.  Slice peaches, pears, apples, etc.  I added some of the sweeter vegetables like carrots, cucumbers & romaine to my salad. 

Step 3: Toss the salad fruits & vegetables w/ enough dressing to coat & arrange attractively inside the cantaloupe.  Garnish w/ macadamia nuts & edible petals.  I used the slightly sweet pineapple sage blossoms blooming in my garden.  Plant edible petals or look for them in the market.  This makes a wonderful breakfast & mid-week work lunch.  The macadamias give a satisfying tropical crunch and turn this salad into a full meal.

Fun Fact: Jam brings out the sweetness of the carrot, apple, & pear.  The pear adds its wonderful texture.  And the tang of the citrus brings it all together as a complement to a fruit based salad.  A dressed fruit salad allows us to enjoy fruits that are a tad under or overripe as the flavors marry.  Use your favorite jam flavors.