Bring on the sparklers and fireworks and celebrate the 4th of July with this cold and refreshing Red, White, and Blue Summer Fruit Salad!
If you are looking for a 4th of July side dish, try my patriotic fruit salad, full of juicy sweet watermelon, tangy feta cheese, and nutritious blueberries. No matter your age, after one bite of the luscious watermelon, you will be transported back to the watermelon eating and seed spitting contests of your youth.
Red, White, and Blue Summer Fruit Salad is as delicious to eat as it is a fun way to show your patriotism on America’s birthday, and makes a beautiful statement on your table. Not only will your family and guests be blown away by how pretty it is, but it will be our secret just how quick and easy this 4th of July recipe is to prepare.
If you are looking for red, white and blue desserts for your 4th of July festivities, check out these delicious confections: Red, White, and Blue No-Bake Icebox Cake; Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream Pie; and my Red, White, and Blue Frozen Lemonade Pie.
Of course, this scrumptious and versatile fruit salad is also perfect for summer backyard BBQs or neighborhood potlucks, as well as an easy side dish for a weeknight dinner or even as a light lunch.
The inspiration for this watermelon salad came from a recent visit to the Farmers’ Market where I loaded up with fresh blueberries, watermelon, and tomatoes.
Oh, those blueberries, a beautiful dusty blue, they had my name on them, and I let myself be talked into buying a gallon. How could I resist? They are oh so easy to freeze and as I am typing this, I have a cookie sheet of them in my freezer just waiting to be divided up into bags for all sorts of recipes with blueberries.
How to freeze blueberries?
I’m so glad you asked! Blueberries are probably one of the easiest fruits to freeze and only take a few simple steps. You don’t even have to wash them first and, in fact, you shouldn’t because they will stick together when you freeze them!
To freeze blueberries, simply spread out unwashed blueberries on a cookie sheet and pop in the freezer for an hour or two. Then package them in airtight food storage bags. Frozen blueberries will keep in the freezer for up to a year.
How to store fresh blueberries?
First, pick through your blueberries and discard any berries with mold on them. Package your fresh unwashed blueberries in a breathable container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Place a folded paper towel in the bottom of the container to absorb any extra moisture.
Can you freeze watermelon?
Believe it or not, you can freeze watermelon. The watermelon will change texture and won’t be as good to eat in salads or by itself, but you can still use it to make my easy Watermelon Lemonade Ice Pops, sorbets, smoothies, and other beverages.
To freeze watermelon, simply remove any seeds, cut up into chunks or puree it and package in airtight food storage bags. Frozen watermelon will keep in the freezer for up to 12 months.
How to make Red, White, and Blue Summer Fruit Salad
Gather your ingredients and use the arugula leaves to make a bed on a large platter.
Cut the watermelon into cubes and place 1/2 of the cubes in a rectangular strip of watermelon on top of the arugula down one side of the platter to make a stripe.
Sprinkle 1/2 of the feta in a rectangular strip next to the watermelon.
Wash the blueberries and sort through them to remove any stems or bad berries. Place 1/2 of the blueberries in a rectangular strip next to the feta cheese.
Repeat the stripes so that you have alternating colors of red, white, and blue.
Sprinkle the watermelon with one teaspoon of salt.
Whisk the olive oil and vinegar together and drizzle over the salad to taste just before you serve it. You might have leftover salad dressing.
Optional, you can also make this salad by combining the arugula, watermelon, blueberries, and feta in a large bowl. Top with salt and some of the dressing and toss gently to combine right before serving.
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