The country has never been more divided than when it’s debating putting fruit into savoury dishes. There isn’t a friendship group across the land that hasn’t spent hours – maybe even days – discussing pineapple on pizza and let’s not get started on raisins in coleslaw.
But we’re all also in love with the trend of eating the rainbow and adding fruits to salads is one of the easiest ways to do it. So, if you’re still not convinced, read on to find out some of our favourite combos and embrace the dark side, even if you think it’s wrong.
Mango and crayfish salad
There’s something irresistible about the subtle flavour of crayfish when it’s added to juicy mango that really makes it sing. These two ingredients really shouldn’t work together, but they do and the protein from the crayfish makes it filling, while the mango helps to keep you hydrated through a warm summer’s day.
You can throw them together in a bowl with some salad leaves and your favourite dressing or go all out with this recipe from Yes Please. You’ll get an extra hit of fruit from the grapefruit and the benefit of all that good fat from the avocado – it’s a winner all round.
Pear and goat’s cheese salad
Pears don’t have a strong flavour, but when they’re teamed up with goat’s cheese, the two ingredients meld nicely together. Since the punchy goat’s cheese would fight with anything too dominant, this combo works really well.
To round it off, Frugal Feeding has added in beetroot, which is a genius move, as the sweet root vegetable could almost be a fruit, with its caramel flavour profile. It’s then all about how you dress this simple salad for a delicious starter or side dish.
Strawberry and balsamic vinegar salad
It’s the double act that really shouldn’t work but we simply can’t get enough of – it’s strawberries with balsamic vinegar. Whoever first decided to experiment with the sticky sweet and tangy vinegar to put it with summer’s iconic fruit stumbled across a taste sensation and there’s no going back.
Over at Veggie Desserts, this delightful combo is added to spinach and walnuts, before getting a few extra ingredients to give it the perfect finishing touch. With strawberry season arriving early this year, there’s nothing to stop you from enjoying this salad for your lunch straight away.
Pomegranate and cucumber salad
Pomegranate seeds are great for sprinkling onto a whole load of salads to add an extra pop of colour, flavour and texture, but couple them with cucumber and you’ve got the ultimate recipe for summer. This salad is so refreshing on a hot day you’ll want to make it every time the sun comes out.
Follow in the footsteps of Scrambled Chefs and accompany it with salty feta and tangy lime for the ultimate taste sensation. It’s so simple to make, but really effective and you’ll forget those little jewels of pomegranate are from the fruit spectrum and not the veggie drawer in the fridge.