How easy is this for patriotic eating on July 4th (photo #1)

  • For breakfast with yogurt or cottage cheese.
  • For lunch with burrata, goat cheese or ricotta.
  • For dessert with vanilla frozen yogurt.
  • As a topping for white-iced cakes and cupcakes.
  • With half-and-half or light cream.
    Or make the recipe below. Thanks to Wisconsin Cheese for the recipe.

    We don’t need a holiday to eat berries: They’re one of our favorite low-calorie, high-nutrition foods.

    Berries are high in antioxidants, and chock-full of vitamins and minerals.

    Here’s why Healthline calls berries “among the healthiest food on earth.”

    For The Honey-Lime Dressing

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh mint
    For The Fruit Salad

  • 15 ounces fontina or white cheddar*
  • 3 cups watermelon balls or a mix of watermelon, raspberries and sliced strawberries
  • 3 cups blueberries
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • Optional: fresh mint, julienned or shredded

    1. MAKE the dressing. Whisk the honey, lime juice and lime zest in a small bowl. Stir in the mint; set aside.

    2. MAKE the fruit salad. Cut the cheese into 1/2-inch slices, each about 2-inches wide.

    3. CUT the slices with a 1-1/2-inch star cookie cutter, using the handle of a small spoon to press and release the cheese from the cutter at the star points.

    4. COMBINE the fruit in a large serving bowl. Top with the cheese stars. Chill, covered, if you’re not planning to eat immediately.

    5. DRIZZLE with the dressing just before serving; gently toss the fruit salad to coat. Garnish with mint as desired.

    If the berries are not as sweet as you’d like, the honey dressing will give them additional sweetness.

    If you’ve bought berries that are really disappointing, toss them with a bit of sugar or non-caloric sweetener right after you add them to the serving bowl.

    *Unfortunately, pure white cheeses such as feta, goat, mozzarella and queso blanco don’t necessarily slice cleanly with a cookie cutter. They have too much moisture.


    [1] Patriotic berries with cheese stars (photo © Wisconsin Cheese).

    [2] For lunch, hold the semi-hard cheese stars and scatter the berries around soft, milky burrata (photo © Murray’s Cheese).

    [3] A soft or aged goat cheese log, like this boucherondin, is another delicious choice for lunch (photo © Goat Cheeses Of France).

    [4] Aged New York white cheddar (photo © Di Bruno Bros | Philadelphia).



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