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Mint and Lemon Watermelon Blueberry Salad

mint and lemon watermelon blueberry salad

Ah! I am a fruitaholic for sure! I always am so tempted to buy and pick every piece of fruit I come into contact with- it is all so delicious! So, this past week I gave in to temptation and bought a lot of amazing fruit. However, I feel like it really went to good use in this salad. 

If you love fruit like I do, or are just looking for a yummy side dish for a party, brunch or barbecue this salad is the best! I have a lot of fresh mint growing in my yard as well so I love this use for it. If you want to make some extra mint syrup it would taste so yummy in a sparkling water drink as well! 

Let me know with what meal you plan to use this salad. I am even going to serve it with one of my Josephine Meals- breakfast for dinner- along with some pancake balls and sausages. Yum! 

I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! 

Mint and Lemon Watermelon Blueberry Salad: 

Adapted from a recipe from: Food Network Magazine

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

3 large sprigs fresh mint

1 lemon- zest & juice

pinch of salt

2 cups blueberries

3 cups watermelon, cubed

Garnish: chopped fresh mint

1. Bring the water and honey or maple syrup to a simmer in a saucepan. After you remove the pan from the heat, add the mint sprigs and let stand for 10 minutes. 

2. Pour the mixture into a bowl through a fine mesh strainer into a medium bowl. 

3. Add in the lemon zest and juice and pinch of salt. 

4. Toss the watermelon and blueberries in the lemon zest, juice and mint infused syrup. 

5. Let the mixture stand for 15 minutes. 

6. Garnish with fresh chopped mint. 

Enjoy! 

This makes a great side dish for a barbecue or a great accompaniment to breakfast. 

Paleo Strawberry Lime Coconut Crisp

paleo strawberry lime coconut crisp

This delicious dessert was inspired by the taste of a strawberry margarita. Yum! I had thought, hmmmm...I wonder how I can make a creative and delicious strawberry dessert that is both healthy and amazingly delicious? I thought adding a bit of lime juice and zest to the berries would really brighten up this dessert and bring it to a new level- and it did! I love how ideas inspired by quick thoughts always work out. 

Have you had an idea instantly appear to you? I know that I have time and time again and I am deeply grateful for those flashes of inspiration. It is always important to write them down so that I can try them out on recipe creation day. Each week I create 3-4 new recipes for the blog. I usually start out on planning day with 1-4 listed on a sheet of paper, then in the next 1-2 days I write down my ideas as they come to me. I love how inspiration strikes like a bolt of lightening! How are you inspired every day? 

I am so thrilled with this dessert, and since I have a sweet tooth, but try to stay away from as much sugar as possible so that I can keep my energy level up, keep healthy and keep happy. I love that this dessert only contains a small amount of maple syrup and honey and has very little sugar in each serving and no refined sugar at all. This is a win-win! I can have a little bit of dessert each day and know I am eating something that is good for me and my body. Yay! 

I hope that you enjoy making this dessert soon with some local strawberries. I know that you will love it! 

 

Strawberry Lime Coconut Crisp Dessert: 

Filling: 

6 cups fresh strawberries, sliced

3 tablespoons arrowroot starch, tapioca flour or cornstarch

3 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon lime zest

 

Topping: 

1 cup large flake coconut

3 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup coconut flour

 

1. Heat oven to 350F. 

2.  Mix together the filling ingredients. Spoon the filling into a large 10 inch ceramic or glass pie plate. 

3. In a separate bowl mix together the topping ingredients. Use your hands to make sure that the topping is fully mixed. 

4. Sprinkle the topping over the strawberry filling. 

5. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the fruit filling is bubbling. 

This is a very juicy and delicious dessert. It can be served warm or cold and is great with some coconut whipped cream or some coconut ice cream on top! Enjoy! 

For more delicious brunch recipes make sure to check out  & purchase my new brunch cookbook: 

Recipes for a Cheery Life: Gluten Free Brunch

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