Summer Seasonal Salad with dragonfruit

Nicolette van Niekerk
This salad was created purely for the colours. It’s summer, hot in Cape Town and just the right time of year to make use of the most beautiful fruit on earth. Even before cut , I love the smell of the dragonfruit’s skin. Actually, I was asked by my Optometrist  the other day, if have a salad recipe for her. I couldn’t think of anything immediately, being cornered for an answer and all. All I could answer was that she might want to decide what colours she want to display. Also to rather go for fruit that is IN season. Without hesitation I quickly ran to our nearest market so that I can go and look what is the best to buy, (probably thought she might just phone me and ask again). We have prickly pear in our garden, figs at a lower cost (always a good indication of what is in season), plenty of grapes, raspberries, strawberries and dragonfruit. See my display of a summer seasonal salad and then a deconstructed version of it below 🙂 When all of your ingredients is available and ready to use, it’s fairly easy salad to put together. The dragonfruit should be treated like kiwi fruit. It’s soft and juicy so only use a sharp blade to cut.     Dragonfruit salad Summer Seasonal Salad with dragonfruit   Serves: 2   Mixed Herb lettuce 1/2 Red onion 10 Small Rosetta Tomatoes 1/2 Red Pepper, diced 3 Medium size figs 1 Large Dragonfruit with purple flesh 50g Dried Cranberries Handful roasted almonds Fresh fennel to decorate 30ml Olive oil 30ml Lemon juice Coarse black pepper and sea salt   Instructions:
  1. Scatter the lettuce, onion and red diced pepper onto a salad plate / bowl.
  2. Carefully cut the figs and dragonfruit into slices.
  3. Decorate the salad with dried cranberries, roasted almonds and fresh fennel.
  4. Drizzle olive oil, lemon juice and flavour with fresh black pepper and salt to taste.
Dragonfruit salad2 Dragonfruit Salad deconstructed