20 September 2008

No Croutons Required - September Roundup



The Fruit Edition


This month’s challenge was to make a soup or salad and add some fruit. The soup or salad could be a starter, main course or a dessert.

Here are this month’s entries, enjoy!



Fruit: Apple

Val from More Than Burnt Toast is first up with a Autumn Broccoli & Apple Salad. It sounds great! Broccoli is not something I would usually add to a salad, but this salad has convinced me that I should! Fabulous photo too Val :)
(BC, Canada)


Fruit: Pear

Next up is a Pear Salad from Ohio Mom over at Cooking in Cleveland. Baby salad leaves, pears, parmesan, walnut and lemon juice, Mmmmmm :P
(Cleveland, Ohio, US)


Fruit: Jackfruit & Lychees

We can have some dessert now! A Tropical Fruit Cocktail Salad, courtesy of Wandering Chopsticks. I have never had a fruit salad quite like this one. I hadn’t even heard of jackfruit before. Apparently it tastes a bit like pineapple. Thank you for something a bit different WC :)
(Southern California, US)


Fruit: Nectarine, Blueberries, Raspberries, Pear, Grapes & Orange

The next entry is a colour fest! Spicy Fruit Salad Yummy Yummy made by Srimathi over at Few Minute Wonders. A nectarine, blueberries, raspberries, pear, grapes and an orange all coated in a spicy topping and served with sherbet berry rainbow ice cream. Definitely yummy, yummy!
(San Diego, US)


Fruit: Tomatoes, Avocado, Orange & Lime

Nathan over at House of Annie got his gas grill out to grill some corn and Corno di Toro heirloom sweet peppers for this colourful Chopped Mexican Salad. Nathan coated the salad in a beautifully fruity dressing of garlic, honey orange lime and cumin. Lovely!
(San Jose, US)


Fruit: Apples

I decided to make a soup for my entry. I added apples to my onion soup, which was a great move and really tasty. I just grated them straight in. I didn’t even bother peeling them. On the second day, I added a little splosh of cream to the soup and it was even better. So here it is, Onion, Celery & Apple Soup.
(not in vote)
(Dundee, Scotland)


Fruit: Cherries

Pink Bites (isn’t that a great name) over at Pink Bites made us Hungarian Sour Cherry Soup. How beautiful is this soup? It is just so pink! Cherries, cinnamon and soured cream. A gorgeous combination of flavours, make up this cherry soup, which is best served chilled. Mmmmmm, I can just taste the cinnamon through it :)
(Seattle, US)


Fruit: Blueberries, Melon, Lemon

We are heading over to Washington State for the next entry. Alexa has made us a Blueberry Melon Salad with Yogurt Maple Dressing. Alexa is the Artsy Foodie and I encourage you to go over and visit her gorgeous blog. She has the most brilliant banner, not to mention this tasty fruit salad.
(Washington, US)


Fruit: Watermelon

Shaula from Your Mileage May Vary is travelling the world with Neil, in their mini cooper, but still manages to make some lovely food. For this challenge, Shaula made us a Savoury Watermelon Salad with Orange Oil.
(Various, The World)


Fruit: Apples

Autumn has arrived in the UK and Lysy over at Munchkin Mail has made us a English Apple & Leek Soup. Lysy was inspired to make this soup after making a visit to Riverford Farm in Devon where she bought their new book the Riverford Farm Cookbook, which has been put together to inspire the buyers of organic vegetable boxes. It certainly inspired Lysy. Her soup sounds quite delicious!
(Warwickshire, UK)


Fruit: Grapefruit

Next up is my best buddy and fellow host Lisa over at Lisa’s Kitchen. Lisa has dished us up Ricki’s Radish & Grapefruit Salad. This salad was originally created by the lovely Ricki over at Diet Dessert & Dogs. Lisa loved it so much that she immediately bookmarked it and recreated it for our challenge. It does look good. Thanks Lisa!
(not in vote)
(London, Canada)


Fruit: Chillies, Pineapple, Pear, Lime & Apple

Anna over at Morsels And Musings made this spicy salad for an impromtu dinner party. Rujak (Spicy Tamarind Fruit Salad. This is a popular Indonesian dish, which is eaten as an afternoon snack. Anna learned to make this dish while in Bali.
(Sydney, Australia)


Fruit: Apples

We have a newbie up next. Tigerfish over at Teczcape – An Escape to Food has made us a beautiful pink Red Cabbage Apple Salad. Simple, beautiful and tasty! Thank you Tigerfish :)
(California, US)


Fruit: Lemon

Jane over at Procrastinators Progress has made us a Greek Lemon Rice Soup. Jane’s favourite Greek restaurant closed down recently, so she decided to pay tribute to the restaurant by recreating her favourite dish from the menu. This tangy, lemony soup was served as a refreshing starter. Hey, who needs restaurants when you can eat food like this at Jane’s house. Invite us over please Jane!
(Glasgow, Scotland)


Fruit: Avocado, Mango & Lime

Lucy over at Nourish Me has come up trumps again. This time with a Smoked Tofu Salad. Smoked tofu, avocado mango and rocket, beautifully arranged and drizzled with a fruity dressing. Go over and have a look at the recipe, just don’t ask Lucy how she was dressed while she was making this salad. I am looking down at myself now, snap Lucy!
(Melbourne, Australia)


Fruit: White Peach, Oranges & Apples

Next up we have a dessert soup from Chow Vegan. I was very excited when I saw this Chilled White Peach Soup. White peach, orange juice, apple juice and mint, blended and sweetened. Can you imagine being served this on a hot summer’s day, to end a delicious meal? Gorgeous!
(SF Bay Area, US)


Fruit: Strawberries, Raspberries, Peaches, Passion Fruit

Johanna over at Green Gourmet Giraffe has made us a lip-smacking Spring Strawberry Soup. It is one I will be trying soon. I can taste it now, delicious! Strawberries, raspberries, peaches and passion fruit. Mmmmm! :P
(Melbourne, Australia)


Fruit: Pears

Next up is a savoury and sweet soup, but definitely one for the main course. It is a Pear & Parsnip Soup made by the fair maiden Ricki over at Diet, Dessert & Dogs. She had a surplus of pears and so came up with this tasty soup. It is our gain, I am thinking :)
(Toronto, Canada)


Fruit: Apples & Dates

Our last entry is a Apple & Quinoa Salad with Purslane, courtesy of Trisha over at The Zest: Cooking Like I Mean It If you don’t know what purslane looks like, go over and have a look at Trisha’s blog. I had heard of purslane, but didn’t have a clue what it looked like.

Trisha was the winner of last month’s No Crouton’s Required. The topic was dressings and Trisha made us a gorgeous Blueberry Vinaigrette.
Phoenix, US)



A fabulous line-up, I am sure you will agree! If you can decide on a favourite, then cast your vote in the voting panel to the right. The winner will be announced at the end of the month.

Good luck everyone!

Fruit: Bluberries

I have a last minute addition. A beautiful Blueberry Soup made by the ever talented Wendy over at A Wee Bit of Cooking. To the blueberry soup she added a cardamon pod and a cinnamon stick. This must have been one tasty soup and I just love that moomin mug!

(Inverness, Scotland)

Wendy was one of the first to make her soup for the challenge, so it is entirely my fault that I missed her out, while making my list. I do apologise Wendy.

Please note that Wendy's bluberry soup is available for the vote, beneath the original voting poll.

35 comments:

  1. Great roundup! Everyone's entries look so good, I want a taste of each.

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  2. Oh, shoot! Couldn't find carambola until yesterday. I had hoped to join in. There's always next time.

    Beautiful collection of recipes. Thanks!

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  3. What an inspiring group of entries... All the dishes look so delicious. Thank you so much for hosting!

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  4. I know what you mean Ohio Mom! I am getting hungry looking at them :P

    Hey Susan, that's ok, catch up with us another month. I will have to google carambola now, to find out what it is.

    It is a great line-up of recipes Alexa. Everyone made such gorgeous food!

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  5. Fabulous round-up Holler. Thank you so much for organizing it all.

    I'll have to remember your suggestion of grating an apple to my onion soup next time. I bet it'll sweeten the pot so well.

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  6. Hi WC, I was too lazy to peel the apples and thought what the heck! It did work out well.

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  7. Another awesome roundup! Many thanks to holler for hosting, this has to be one of my favorites! I love fruit and everything looks so good!! :-)

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  8. This is my favourite line-up so far Chow. I want to taste each and every one of these recipes.

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  9. I have to agree with Chow Vegan (and you)--fruit made this an exceptional roundup! And I love the many choices for both soups AND salads. :)

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  10. You missed me and my blueberry soup! Did I send you an email? Maybe I forgot that part...

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  11. Hey Ricki, Glad you like the line-up.

    Oh shoot! Sorry Wendy, because I was working from emails and I didn't have one for yours, I forgot it. I will add it now.

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  12. Every recipe looks so good! Broccoli and apples are two of my favorite things, but I've never eaten them together. I'll have to give that recipe a try.

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  13. I haven't had that sombination before either Diann. It is one of those things where you read about it and you think yes, that would be great, why didn't I think of that!

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  14. Holler, you've done a beautiful job putting this together. So many delicious submissions this month! I am going to have a hard time deciding who to vote for.

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  15. I so wanted to take part this month, but I've been soooooo busy. But the line-up looks fabulous.

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  16. I know what you mean, Lisa. I keep changing my mind about which one is my favourite.

    Thanks Lynn and that's ok we are here every month.

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  17. Nice work Holler! Everything looks delicious, it's nice to get new ideas for salads and soups.
    Carambola in Portuguese is star fruit, I wonder if it's the same here...Susan, is that what you meant?

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  18. Hi Rita, thank you for the star fruit translation, I hadn't gotten around to googling it yet.

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  19. They all look so good it's difficult to decide.

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  20. Hmmmmm, I know what you mean Jane. I think a taste test of our favourites is the order of the day.

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  21. Look at all those wonderful salads Holler & Lisa. Great round up once again!!!!

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  22. So many goodies to bookmark.

    Lucky for me, 'cos fruit season here is about to take off!

    Thanks, once again, for hosting, Holler. Lovely round-up, as always.

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  23. Great roundup! It's so hard to pick just one.

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  24. What a beautiful roundup!Thanks.

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  25. This really makes me look forward to summer and more fruit in salads and hopefully in soups too - so many great dishes - a tough decicions this month!

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  26. Oh my goshhh...all my favorite fruits!!!!
    This is heavenly!!:D

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  27. Thanks Val :)

    We did this in good time for you then lucy, serendipitous!

    It is very difficult Psychgrad!

    Thanks Tigerfish :)

    It is indeed a great selection Christy, be sure to vote for your favourite!

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  28. Hey Holler this is a wonderful roundup...everything looks so delicious...so many creative ways to include more fruits in our diet..

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  29. Such a beautiful round-up!! I love the end-of-summer inspiration! Thank you, as always, for this gorgeous collection of food-art!

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  30. YUMMY! I'm having a tough time choosing! The blueberry soup looks divine...then again I have to give kudos for the greek/rice/lemon soup- never heard or seen it before! The rest all look delicious as well...great effort everyone!!

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  31. thank you for hosting! This is a great roundup of recipes!

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  32. Oh, wow!
    I'm loving these.

    So many great submissions here!

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  33. Thank you Usha :)

    Hi Astra, Oh the end of summer, it makes me so sad!

    Hey Anon, I hope you were able to choose!

    Hey Nate and Annie, thanks for stopping by. I am enjoying the recipes this line-up too!

    Hey Lo, make sure you choose one :)

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  34. You have a moomin mug! I love moomins!I used to watch it all the time when I was young. I have some plates with them!

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