Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Cherimoya, Kiwi, and Strawberry Salad

Cherimoya, Kiwi, and Strawberry Salad

This past weekend, I went to not one, but two farmers markets. As you guys may know by now, Raul and I pay a visit to the Beverly Hills farmers market every Sunday. This past weekend, I also met up with JenFinn at the Hollywood farmers market later in the afternoon. Even though the markets are just a few miles apart and have many of the same vendors, they could not be more different. The Beverly Hills market has a more definitive family vibe with some old money thrown in for good measure. The Hollywood market has a much more "earthy" vibe. Definitely a lot of hipsters, hippies, and a more alternative crowd. It was such a delight for me to people watch for much of the afternoon in the gorgeous sunshine. I also picked up quite a few things that were not on my list for this particular Sunday.



Cherimoyas are a great fruit that I love to have when I visit my mom, but I have never purchased on my own. The kiwis were organic and you got four for a dollar. I definitely could not pass that deal up. Do I really have to say more about the strawberries. I often complain about the fact that I have lived in California, and specifically southern California, for so long and I need a change, but one visit to the farmers market and picking up produce that people in other parts of the country are only dreaming of can quickly change my mind. It may be slightly warmer where you are, but do you have beautiful fruits like this on every corner? Lol, sorry to rub it in. Last night I spontaneously decided to put these beauties together in one delicious salad that I can enjoy with my morning egg and toast. This isn't a real recipe since I just used what I had on hand and of course didn't measure a thing, so definitely feel free to adapt it to whatever you have on hand at the moment.

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Cherimoya, Kiwi, and Strawberry Salad

1 chermioya, chopped
1 large kiwi, sliced
Handful of strawberries, quartered
Lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon (approximately) agave nectar

Add the cherimoya to a bowl and spritz with a small amount of lemon juice. Add the remaining ingredients and toss well to combine.

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Erica said...

mmmmmmm this is making me CRAVE fresh fruit. I have never heard of Cherimoya. I am going to go check when the Charleston Farmers Market starts back up :) I think its some time this month!

Reeni said...

I bought some gorgeous strawberries over the weekend, and guess where they came from? I was thinking of making a salad with them, too. I have never even heard of a Cherimoya. It looks delicious.

Jessica604 said...

I have never had Cherimoya. How do you pick a good one? What does it taste like? Is the texture crisp, soft, or does it vary?

...sorry, I am a little anxious for spring! We had another little snowfall here in Vancouver, and although it has melted, it is still really cold. (-5ºC / 23ºF). brrr!

Diana said...

I so agree re: the fresh produce in California. I love shopping at the farmer's markets here, and go crazy for all the gorgeous strawberries and fruit we have. I would definitely miss it if I were to ever move away.

vanillasugarblog said...

one of the many reasons I can't wait to get back to cali: all that wonderful HUGE array of fresh produce.
Never heard of that fruit either, but I'm so open to trying it.

Esi said...

Cherimoya (to me) taste like a cross between a persimmon and a pinapple. Definitely more sweet than tart though. The ones pictured here were firm and not as flavorful as I have had them before so I guess I still have to learn when to pick them, but I guess I did ok for my first try. I think they are best when the texture is soft and the taste is that cross I mentioned earlier.

Erica, hope you get some good finds when your market opens back up.

Reeni, yes, we are so lucky to have strawberries nearly year round here!

Jessica, hope it warms up soon in Vancouver. Spring is almost here!

Diana, I agree!

Dawn, come back already!!

Hayley said...

I've never heard of Cherimoya, but if it tastes like pineapple, I'll be on the look out this summer. Thanks Esi!

Anonymous said...

Very fresh and summery salad.

Unknown said...

i've never heard of cherimoya before!! and you rub it in every week :-P

Heather said...

i've never heard of cherimoya before. this looks amazingly delicious! i'm totally craving strawberries now (and, i guess cherimoya, i've never had it!)

Sharon said...

I've never had Cherimoya, but I will certainly be on the look out for it. Looks intriguing!

The Food Librarian said...

Looks like a California farmers market on a plate! I go to farmers market when the East Coast is packed in with snow and it recharges my "yes, I need to live here" mojo.

Maggie said...

What a beautiful salad! I have to admit to being intimiadated by cherimoya. I have to pick one up and try this!

Summer said...

Looks so good! I don't think I've ever had a Cherimoya before.