Photo Styling: Quinoa Berry Fruit Salad
Hard to believe I am posting a fruit salad, since I never post fruit.
If you know me, you know I don't eat fruit.
I do have mad love for cherries and figs, and maybe an apple in the fall, but I rarely eat fruit!
Weird, I know, I buy berries only to bake with.
This fruit salad was a happy accident.
I was photo styling some beautiful tableware for a shop in my town, and I always create a recipe to showcase the dishes.
It's summer and it's hot, so why not a refreshing farmer's market fruit salad for a change? I had the cooked quinoa already made.......my brain was working.
I put all these beautiful berries on the plate with the quinoa and herbs, and it just worked, it actually looked good enough to eat!
I would normally toss the food that I made for a photo shoot, since it was sitting out for a while (taking photos and replating, etc). But here, I was hungry, it was lunchtime, so I decided to take a bite, how could a little fruit salad hurt me? There were no glow in the dark cherries or syrupy gross peaches from a can.
It was so good, I had another bite and another. And I liked it.
No, I LOVED it.
This is my new favorite thing. Try it with some yogurt too.
You can use any berry combo, but make sure you use the diced peaches......it adds such a nice texture and flavor to the berries
It's so good.
Here's how I made it: (use equal amounts of fruit and quinoa)
cooked cooled quinoa
the freshest raspberries
the freshest blackberries or strawberries
fresh figs, quartered
the freshest blueberries
fresh diced peaches
zest of a lemon
cold balsamic SYRUP to drizzle
fresh mint leaves
lavender flowers if you have them!
Lightly toss your berries with the cooled, cooked quinoa and the zest of a lemon.
Drizzle with cold balsamic syrup (which is balsamic vinegar that has been reduced and thick).
Garnish with mint leaves and lavender.
Feta cheese or yogurt would also be a nice pairing.
I might secretly become a fruit lover.
And that my friends, is the story of a fruit salad.