Saturday, July 23, 2011

Baby it's HOT outside!

We have had some record high temps this week, one day reaching 105 degrees. That was the actual temperature. What the "feels like" temperature was... I don't want to know, and neither do you.

I planned some cold suppers and one of them was a Fruit and Cheese salad with orange-basil vinaigrette. It was delicious! The kids even loved it. Ha!

Now before you ask, here is the recipe. I made it in the morning, and when we were ready for supper, no problem!

Fruit and Cheese Salad

2 cups sliced strawberries (or 2 quarts like some people I know)
2 cups cubed cantaloupe (yeah right... try 2 whole cantaloupes)
1 cup blueberries (who only uses ONE cup of blueberries? Are you kidding?)
1 cup raspberries (ditto to the above)
2 cups cubed Havarti cheese (Rule #1: you can never have too much cheese. We used two blocks of the stuff. Delish!)
1/3 Cup orange juice (we used 1 whole cup, or whatever was left in the pitcher from breakfast.)
2 Tbsp. oil ( I tripled that)
2 Tbsp. Honey (tripled it )
2 Tbsp. freshly chopped basil ( I HIGHLY recommend using fresh basil for this. Awesome zing!)

Combine fruit and cheese in a large bowl. Mix together orange juice, oil, honey and basil in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake like crazy to combine. Pour over fruit and cheese and toss.

Note: I made this ahead and added the dressing just before serving.

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