Summer’s Bounty: Fresh Fruit Salad with Yogurt

by simplylife on August 5, 2012

If you asked me what my favorite season was, I would probably tell you that I prefer the crisp temperatures of fall or the rainy days in spring, to the hot and muggy summer temperatures.

However, more than what the thermometer reads, I can never get enough of the atmosphere during the summer months. Families are taking vacations.  Kids are playing in sprinklers.  People are more relaxed.  The sun is nudging us to stay awake longer.

And my ultimate favorite part of summer:  the abundance of fresh fruit available!

When my husband and I recently found ourselves at Russo’s, one of my absolute favorite grocery stores/delis in the Boston area, I couldn’t help but pick-up a variety of colorful fresh fruit, all grabbing my attention from the moment we arrived (if you live nearby and have yet to visit Russo’s, please promise me you will!).

When we arrived home to find one giant honeydew sitting on our counter, a pint of fresh blueberries and 2 bags full of peaches (my husband and I both filled a bag, without the other person knowing, as we both had the same instinct that we just could not leave that store without these perfectly juicy peaches!), I knew I wanted to make sure we ate them while they were at their peak of freshness.

While I debated baking a blueberry and/or peach pie, or using the fruit as a topping for pancakes, I decided that all I really wanted was to let these bright summer flavors shine on their own.  So into a bowl they went, topped with a few dollops of vanilla Greek yogurt, and enjoyed by the bowlful.

So there’s no real recipe for this, except the following:  place your favorite summer flavors in a bowl, mix and savor the season! 🙂

Oh, and just because I couldn’t stop there with the fresh fruit, here’s another one of my favorites that I also had to “impulse-buy” – a bag of cherries.

In my opinion, I can’t think of a better afternoon snack to enjoy on a hot day then a big bowl of cherries!

Don’t forget to enter my Rudi’s Bakery Giveaway!

~What is your favorite summer fruit?

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  • DeliciousDish

    I love fruit topped with Greek yogurt. I usually drizzle a little honey on top too. 🙂 Strawberries from a farm or farm stand (not the grocery store ones) might just be my favorite summer fruit.

  • decocinasytacones

    My favourite summer fruit is melon, that I eat with jabugo ham and peaches from Calanda in Spain, big, full of meat and sweet. But I agree with you on something else, I´m a winter person and well, I´m fortunate to live in a place where temperatures aren´t so high, but from time to time, like a week or two we have humid and high temperatures and I can´t sleep, I hate it.
    Love Marialuisa

    • Simply Life

      Oooh that combination with the melon sounds wonderful!

  • Bianca Garcia

    I haven’t been to Russo’s! My favorite summer fruit is strawberries, but cherries rank pretty high up too!

    • Simply Life

      Oh you HAVE to go there- you will LOVE it!!!

  • Colleen

    Yummmm!! We’ve been eating peaches and nectarines lately like they’re going out of style. It’s so hard to decide what my actual favorite summer fruit is though… Maybe strawberries?! Hard to say!

  • Emily

    I can’t agree more!! Summer fruit is sooo amazing – I find myself just eating them out of the pint containers, straight from the farmer’s market!

  • camille

    When stone fruit season hits, I go a little crazy. I used to think peaches were my favourite, but I think now I actually like nectarines a bit more. Of course, plums and apricots (and all the wacky combinations) are great too…

  • Yummychunklet

    Very summery!

  • Asmita

    This is so summer. I love all kinds of fresh fruit but my one absolute favorite for the summer is fresh berries.

  • Kari

    I love them all 🙂 Your pictures are making me want some here in our winter!

  • Blackswan

    Somehow, I’ve never learnt to appreciate yogurt. I love all the fruits here, perhaps I’ll replace it with ice-cream. How’s that?? Yummy!

  • Gina (Candid RD)

    I LOVE cherries, peaches, and watermelon, but I can’t eat any of them because of my special ibs diet. So lame, right?! So now my favorites are blueberries and cantaloupe. I can’t get enough.

  • Joanne

    I can’t get enough of summer fruit even though I’m definitely a spring/fall girl as well! Good stuff.

  • Shannon ~ My Place In The Race

    You just can’t beat fresh fruit and yogurt! 😛

  • itzyskitchen

    YUM! The combo of fruit and yogurt is just perfection. I think I like cantaloupe best…but I adore all summer fruit

  • Cookie Sleuth

    What fantastic fruit! I love summer peaches.

  • teri@managedmac

    Peaches, for sure!! I like them sliced with walnuts and greek yogurt. Pretty pics!!! Love summer!! Love. It!!!

    • Simply Life

      oooh that sounds like a great combination!

  • Brittany

    FRUIIITTT!! I am obsessing over watermelon and stone fruit!

  • Belinda @zomppa

    Can’t agree with you more about fresh fruit (kinda sad the blackberries have turned tart), but I am SO OVER this muggy humidity!

    • Simply Life

      haha, my frizzy hair has been saying the same thing 🙂

  • meri

    I’m not a big fruit eater much of the year, but in the summer you can’t tear me away from the blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, and cherries!

  • Jolene (

    Cherries are my favourite summer fruit … I had some the other day with quiche – I used the recipe that you posted recently and it turned out really well 🙂 Thanks!

    • Simply Life

      Oooh I bet cherries were a great addition! SO glad you like the recipe! Thanks for letting me know! 🙂

  • Choc Chip Uru

    I can feel the freshness just from the photos my friend 😀
    Also is there any way to subscribe to your posts by email? 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Simply Life

      That is an excellent question- thanks for asking! I’m not sure how to set that up but will definitely look into it! Thanks!

  • Colleen

    I haven’t been to Russo’s! I need to make it a goal to get there before the summer is over.

    • Simply Life

      Yes!!! You really do!!! =)

  • j kennedy

    My daughter and her family live in Watertown I look forward to a trip to Russo’s almost as much as I love to visit them. It is wonderful to be able to combine the two.
    Russo’s is a feast for the senses and the palate. I agree one must visit this fabulous market.

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