Hello, my lovelies! Today in Anna’s kitchen, we’re whisking ourselves away on a summer daydream with a salad that’s as colorful as a garden in full bloom. It’s a dish that harks back to sunny picnics and lazy afternoons under the shade of an old oak tree – our Watercress and Summer Fruit Salad with Balsamic Syrup!
A Symphony of Summer Fruits: The Sweet Heart of Our Salad We start our culinary caper with the juiciest of summer’s offerings. Imagine biting into a piece of succulent watermelon, its sweet nectar trickling down your chin – oh, the joys of summer! We add ripe, sun-kissed peaches and plump, merry blueberries, each fruit singing its own sweet tune. A splash of fresh lemon juice, and our fruits are ready to waltz around the bowl, a merry dance of flavors and colors.
Watercress: A Peppery Nod to the Olden Days Now, let’s talk about our watercress, darlings. With its tender leaves and a peppery zing, it’s like the sassy cousin of the lettuce family. In the days of petticoats and soda fountains, watercress was quite the star in salads, bringing a zesty flair that’s as refreshing as a breeze through a screen door.
Balsamic Syrup: A Drizzle of Drama And here comes the pièce de résistance – the Balsamic Syrup. It’s like the ribbon on a Maypole, twirling its sweet and tangy essence through our salad. Drizzle it over the top, and watch as it cascades over the fruits and greens, adding a glossy sheen that’s as elegant as a string of pearls.
Serving with Panache: A Salad That Dances on the Plate To serve, we lovingly toss our salad once more, letting the watercress mingle with the fruits like old friends at a high school reunion. A sprinkle of coarsely ground black pepper, and our salad is not just a dish; it’s a celebration of summer’s bounty.
A Dish to Remember: Savoring the Flavors of Summer So, there you have it, my dears – a salad that’s as vibrant and lively as a 1950s sock hop. It’s a dish that reminds us of the simple pleasures, the laughter shared over a meal, and the taste of summer that lingers on our tongues. Serve this at your next garden party, or simply enjoy it on your porch, and let each bite take you back to the sunlit memories of yesteryears.
Until next time, keep your hearts light and your salads bright. Bon appétit, sweethearts!
Watercress and Summer Fruit with Balsamic Syrup
- 2 bunches Watercress tough stems removed, coarsely chopped
- 3 cups Watermelon diced or balled
- 3 Peaches pitted & cut into wedges
- 1 cup Fresh blueberries
- 2 tsp Fresh lemon juice
- Balsamic Syrup to taste
- Coarsely ground black pepper to taste
- Combine the watermelon, peaches, and blueberries in a large bowl.
- Add lemon juice and toss the fruits gently.
- Add the chopped watercress to the bowl and toss again.
- For serving, drizzle with Balsamic Syrup and sprinkle with black pepper to your liking.