Too many times to mention, I’ve learned the hard way that it’s best to act in the moment when something extraordinary presents. I no longer save words of thanks, compliments and “I love you’s” for later; regrets over missed opportunities can last forever. And, for heaven’s sake, when a cute sundress is marked 50-percent off and there is only one in my size, I don’t go home to “think about it.” The same goes for fresh apricots. When I see them apricots the market, I greedily snatch up as many as I can shove in my basket. The season for this delicate stone fruit only lasts from mid-May through the end of June and I would hate to miss out!
When shopping for apricots, remember that this fruit doesn’t ripen with sweetness any further after picking, so select fruit that is moderately soft but not squishy, unblemished and bears that delicious, famous fragrance. You can store apricots on the counter, out of direct sunlight, for a couple days and then transfer into the fridge to maximize the edible lifespan. I’m sharing a favorite warm-weather salad that shows off these little beauties to their best – Grilled Apricot and Feta Kale Salad with Organic Raspberry-Lime Vinaigrette.
Yes, that’s right – grilled apricots! Grilling the fruit is so simple and magnifies the inherent flavor and sweetness exponentially. You simply cut the fruit in half, remove the pits, brush with olive oil and grill, centers down, for 3 to 4 minutes. For this salad, the grilled apricots are then flipped over and cooked for another minute topped with Simply Artisan Reserve Feta Cheese Crumbles along with a sprinkling of Instantly Fresh Mint. The rest of the salad can be tossed together in less than 5 minutes, especially if you opt for the convenient, pre-washed and pre-chopped kale from the produce section. I add in other fresh and fit ingredients including raspberries and Marcona almonds – but you can make your own selections and get as creative as you like.
Have leftover grilled apricots? Remaining grilled fruit makes a delicious breakfast or healthy dessert with the addition of Opadipity by Litehouse Sweet Greek Yogurt Dip in Cheesecake flavor along with a handful of granola and dried fruit.