Summer fruit is my absolute favorite! Everything is so fresh and tasting its best. There is nothing that can replace a ripe and juicy, ice cold watermelon. It is such a refreshing treat after a long day in the summer heat. And pineapple…need I say more? I do keep frozen pineapple in the freezer for smoothies, but FRESH pineapple is completely different. It’s an island getaway in your kitchen!
This salad combines two of the best summer fruits in a simple salad. The stars of this recipe clearly are the watermelon and pineapple, but their sweetness is balanced perfectly with the salty, tang of feta cheese. The fruit salad is complete with the addition of lime juice, black pepper and a couple mint leaves. Besides the flavor, these ingredients have wonderful nutritional properties as well!
WATERMELON // This refreshing fruit is more than just water and sugar! Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C as well as a good source of vitamin B6. Vitamin A is a key player in optimal eye health and promotes infection-fighting actions of lymphocyes that are part of our immune system. Vitamin C also boost are immunity and helps us fight off viruses and infections as well as combating free radicals that can increase the aging process and lead to disease states. B6 has a key role in the helping the immune system produce antibodies which are necessary to fight off diseases. B6 is needed to form red blood cells, maintain normal nerve function, as well as aiding in protein digestion! Watermelon is also rich in lycopene! Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that studies have found to lower LDL-cholesterol and therefore lowering cardiovascular risk!
PINEAPPLE // This tropical fruit is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. It’s also contains copper, vitamin B6, thiamin fiber and folate. In addition to what I said above, Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps fight of free radicals as well a necessary vitamin for the production of collagen. Collagen is a structural protein that is required for maintain the structure of our skin, blood cells, organs and bones! Manganese is a co-factor for the enzyme superoxide dismutase, which is one of the most powerful free radical scavengers in our bodies!
I love that this salad is simple enough to toss together and bring to a backyard barbecue, but also can be daintily plated for sit down dinner party. It’s family friendly but also somewhat sophisticated with the fruit and cheese combination.
Watermelon Pineapple Salad
- 2 cups Watermelon
- 2 cups Pineapple
- 1/4 cup feta cheese
- 2 tbsp lime juice 1-2 limes
- 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
Dice the watermelon and pineapple into bite size cubes and place in a large bowl.
Juice the lime, add 2 tbsp to the fruit and combine.
Place the cheese and black pepper on top the salad and toss*.
* If plating this for individual portions, I recommend waiting to add the cheese and black pepper and adding to each individual plate.