Blueberries, mango and kiwi marinated in a slightly sweet tequila lime syrup may be the best summer salad you’ll find. Easy and so refreshing, perfect for any summertime meal.
I’ve heard that we are supposed to have the best blueberry season that we’ve had for years in the Carolinas. Apparently it rained early in the season and has now been very dry which is what the berries like. I’m going to go to my favorite blueberry orchard to pick some next weekend and fill up my freezer. I would guess that wherever you are in the States, you should be seeing fresh berries so I wanted to share this salad in case you are looking for something new for the 4th. This is similar to the fruit salad I make all summer with a lime honey glaze but this dressing works better with mangos and blueberries. The secret ingredient is tequila. However, trust me it is still delicious without it. The Tequila is cooked with the syrup so it just adds flavor, no alcohol.
What type of Tequila should you use
I am by no means a tequila expert, you won’t find me drinking shots, but I do love it in mixed drinks and added to marinades like Tequila Grilled Chicken or Tequila Chicken Wings. In this salad, I would suggest using a good quality brand. Esquire just recently had an article on the 12 best tequilas to drink right now.
For this salad, you add warm syrup to the fruit mixture and then refrigerate to let the fruit soak up the lime flavor. There isn’t that much sugar so it doesn’t make it overly sweet but adds just enough to make this a favorite summer salad. Natalie loves it because it has kiwi which is her favorite fruit. Why is it that I live in North Carolina yet my children love tropical fruit and not what we can find in our backyard.
If you want to be more patriotic, use strawberries instead of kiwi. Strawberry season is over for us but I know lots of other folks are still enjoying fresh strawberries.
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Tequila Lime Blueberry Salad
- 4 cups blueberries
- 2 mango cut into bite size pieces
- 4 kiwi peeled, and cut into large pieces
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup tequila optional
- 2 limes zest and juice, finely grated and squeezed
- Add fruit to a large bowl. In a small saucepan add sugar, tequila and lime zest. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and add lime juice. Pour warm syrup over fruit and toss. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 6.