Take your fruit salad along to those summer picnics the easy way……layered rainbow-style in a pretty jar with a tangy citrus yogurt dressing!
I have a very important announcement to make: I am officially on board the eat-all-things-from-jars trend that has suddenly exploded on Pinterest.
As you probably know, I am usually 10 steps behind the trends now’adays so this is pretty HUGE for me. Don’t try to give me high fives all at once, guys.
In other news…..am I the only one in utter disbelief that Memorial Day weekend is in only a few days? How did summer sneak up on me so fast?! I start my summer job lifeguarding at our local town pool next week and once THAT starts, well, you know that summer is officially here.
Also….um. This year my baby brother is also going to be working as a lifeguard at the same place. (okay, he’s sixteen but still) We’ll see how that goes….
Super-nice plus though: I’ve got two years of working as a lifeguard at this pool under my belt so that means I’ve got seniority and THAT means I get to boss Michael around. This could be fun. Mwhaha.
Okay, I wanna know: What is on your must-have-wouldn’t-be-the-same-without Memorial Day list of eats? For me it’s pretty much just two words. Grilled stuff and salads. The basics, guys, the basics.
Okay you got me: And chips ‘n’ dip because that just belongs at every party and we all know it.
And that’s pretty much how big summer kick-off holidays go around here. My brother Daniel is outside manning the grill, and I’m inside whipping up salads in between cups of my grandma’s perfectly-brewed coffee and chatting with the ladies.
Where’s everybody else you may ask? They’re probably eating all the said chips ‘n’ dip because you know somebody’s gotta do that stuff.
Basically all we’ve got here are a ton of your favorite fruits all layered up in your prettiest mason jars and then the dressing just gets dumped right on top. The ease of the EASE, here guys! No foolin’.
Screw that lid on and throw those jars in your picnic basket. Pull ’em out a little later and listen to the oohs and ahs that will immediately commence.
P.S. The dressing here? It’s killer. Citrus + yogurt = Swoon. Try not to eat it with a SPOON!
Ka-BOOM. Salad is served in style AND without dirtying any extra dishes which we all know is huge-ish kinda win in the summertime. Is it just me, or are dishes even LESS fun to do when it’s nice outside? Granted, I hate doing dishes 24/7 but especially in the summer. Ain’t nobody got time for prune-y dish hands.
Just kidding. My hands are prune-y pretty much all the time. I love my job, but the fact that my hands look like a grandmother’s and the fact that I can never get a manicure without it being ruined within hours kinda blows. Darn you dishes!!
We should all probably eat the rainbow now. You know you want to put this salad on your menu for this holiday weekend!
I mostly just want to drink that dressing out of the jar, thanks.
But UGH. Don’t even listen to me, guys. Fruit is GOOD for ya and we need it on Memorial Day. Okay? Okay.
And it seriously has never looked better. ♥
Rainbow Fruit Salad In A Jar with Citrus Yogurt Dressing
- 3 kiwi peeled and diced
- 3 cups fresh pineapple diced
- 2 cups diced orange
- 2 cups fresh strawberries hulled and sliced
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Divide fruit between 4 mason jars (or 6 jars depending on the size) and layer. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk all dressing ingredients until smooth. Pour dressing over layered fruit, screw lid on jars and refrigerate until ready to serve. (salad is best if served within 30 minutes of pouring dressing on top)
You should start eating ALL your food out of jars, friends. I swear it tastes better that way. 😉
Renee' Arnold says
Can this be made up days in advance and refrigerated? Will the fruit still be good?
Hi Renee! You can definitely chop up the fruit and make up the dressing several days in advance and store in the fridge, but I would recommend storing them separately and waiting until just before serving to pour the dressing on top.