Summer Berry Salad

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It’s one of my favorite times of the year: berry season! The supermarkets have an abundance of these sweet little fruits in vibrant colors of red and blue. In the Summer, I use fresh berries in my cooking all the time. Whether it’s in cupcakes, muffins, smoothies, or even as a base for a sauce, I’m always looking for ways to incorporate them in my dishes. Berries  are such a versatile fruit, they can practically be used in any dish to enhance or compliment flavor. I recently made this Summer Berry Salad to bring as a side dish for a Memorial Day BBQ I attended. It is super simple to prepare and I didn’t have to use the stove or oven to make it (a plus when it’s hot outside). This salad was such a light and refreshing side, not to mention festive looking, that I’ve since made smaller portions of it to eat as a snack at work.

 Ingredients:

 1 Pint Strawberries

1 Pint Blueberries

½ Pint Rapsberries

½ Pint Blackberries

Juice of 1 Lemon

Juice of 1 Orange

2 TBSPN Sugar

Mint for Garnish

 Instructions:

  1. Hull and slice the strawberries.
  2. Add strawberries, blueberries, rapsberries and blackberries into one bowl. Mix together.
  3. Squeeze juice of lemon and orange over berries.
  4. Add sugar and mix well.
  5. Sprinkle mint over salad for garnish.
  6. Let chill for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.

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