May 7, 2014

Banana Berry Salad

When you throw a few fruits in a bowl and sprinkle them with raw sugar, does it qualify as a recipe?  Well, I'm going to count it as one because I love quick, simple, delicious recipes, and this one meets all the criteria!

Banana Berry Salad @ Blissful Roots

My mother-in-law introduced me to sugar in the raw (or turbinado sugar) many years ago.  I can't believe I lived so many years of my life without it!  I don't use tons of it ever, mostly just for sprinkling.  I love the crunch and texture it adds to recipes!  I put it on quick breads, (here's my hands-down favorite banana bread recipe) cookies, pies, just about any dessert.  It's also a quick sweetener for fruit.  You can throw just about any kind of fruit together, sprinkle a bit of raw sugar on it, and you've got yourself a fresh, easy summer salad.

My boys are berry lovers!  They're probably their favorite fruits, and I love how healthy they are.  Strawberries are very affordable this time of year, so we eat and eat and eat them.  Raspberries and blackberries aren't so cheap to buy fresh, so guess what?  I use frozen.  And they work perfectly!  If you live by a WinCo, then buy your frozen berries there.  I got the blackberries for under $2, and the raspberries for under $3!  I'd used them last week for some homemade triple berry jam, (yes, I use frozen berries in my jam) and had leftovers.  So, they got thrown in the salad.  The tart berry flavors are sweetened up just a bit by the raw sugar, and the bananas add a bit of mild sweetness as well.  The flavors work perfectly together!  But just as I said before, you can really can't go wrong with mixing it up with all kinds of different fruits

Banana Berry Salad
Fresh strawberries (sliced)
Frozen raspberries
Frozen blackberries
Bananas (sliced)
Sugar in the Raw

Banana Berry Salad @ Blissful Roots

So, that's the "recipe".  Just cut up your fresh strawberries and bananas, throw in some frozen raspberries and blackberries, sprinkle with sugar, toss, and serve.  You can let the salad sit for 5-10 minutes before serving  to allow the frozen berries to thaw a bit.

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  1. I love this salad combination, Brooke....especially with the sugar in the raw! A perfect little summer treat!!

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