Jun 26

Fresh Summer Fruit Pesto Salad

It’s that time again, m’friends…for #CookoutWeek 2017! This week, I’m joining up with >40 food blogger friends to share delicious recipes perfect for every backyard BBQ, picnic, summer party, or cookout!

If you missed last year’s Cookout Week…not to worry! I’ve got all the ones I made right here for you!


We also have a fabulous giveaway featuring products from the brands who have made #CookoutWeek possible! You can enter below to win:

  • From blog host The PinterTest Kitchen: $100 Amazon gift card, to use to buy all the supplies you need for your next cookout
  • From our sponsor The French Farm: A gift pack of gourmet products hand-crafted by small businesses and using only the finest ingredients – La Favorita Genovese Pesto, Caprichos del Guadalquivir Cadenera Orange Marmalade, and L’Abeille Occitane Lavender Honey
  • From our sponsor Smokin’-Os: A sampler pack of their “smokin’-os” wood rings, to help you add wood-fired, smokey taste to your grilled foods, even if you don’t own a smoker
  • From our sponsor Primal Kitchen: $200 of Primal Kitchen goodies, including condiments made with avocado oil and bars and shakes with grass-fed collagen
  • From our sponsor Langers Juice Company: Your choice of 10 bottles of Langers Juice, with flavors including traditional Apple and Grape, as well as interesting mixes such as Pineapple Orange Coconut, Cranberry Blood Orange, and Mango Peach
  • From our sponsor True Made Foods: A 3-bottle sampler pack of sauces with real flavors made from real vegetables and less sugar – Ketchup, BBQ, and Veracha

This prize pack has an ARV of over $400! (Deadline: July 1 @ 11:59 PM!)

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Stay tuned for delicious cookout recipes throughout the rest of this week! Here are all the bloggers who are part of #CookoutWeek 2017:

The PinterTest Kitchen2 Cookin MamasA Day in the Life on the FarmA Kitchen Hoor’s AdventuresAmy’s Cooking AdventuresAshees CookbookBaking SenseBody RebootedBottom Left of the MittenChef Sarah ElizabethCook’s HideoutCookaholic WifeCooking with SapanaEat, Drink, Be Healthy!FairyburgerFaith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered AccompliceFamily Around the TableFix Me a Little LunchFor the Love of FoodFull Belly SistersHezzi-D’s Books and CooksHome Sweet HomesteadJoin Us, Pull up a ChairKate’s Recipe BoxKelly Lynn’s Sweets and TreatsLittle House Big AlaskaMy Southern Sweet ToothOur Good LifeOven Tales By SyamaPalatable PastimeRants From My Crazy KitchenSavory MomentsSeduction in the KitchenSidewalk ShoesThat RecipeThe Freshman CookThe Mad Scientists KitchenThe Pajama ChefThe Redhead BakerThe Saucy SouthernerThe Spiffy CookieThe Weekday GourmetTramplingroseTurnips 2 TangerinesUncle Jerry’s Kitchen

I figured I’d start off with a new salad recipe that’s a combination of savory with hints of sweet–a fresh summer fruit pesto salad! :] (Made possible by a delicious pesto genovese with truffles sent to me by The French Farm! :] )

Fresh Summer Fruit Pesto Salad

Fresh Summer Fruit Pesto Salad | @fairyburger

Fresh Summer Fruit Pesto Salad

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You'll Need...

  • 1-2 white nectarines, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 16 oz strawberries, sliced
  • 6 oz blackberries
  • 1/2 cup red grapes
  • 1/4 cup fresh mozzarella, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 1/2 tbsp La Favorita Pesto Genovese with Truffles
  • 1 1/2 white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp EVOO
  • sprinkle of hemp hearts (to taste)


  1. Combine all fruits + mozzarella into a large bowl.
  2. Drizzle in pesto, white balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Toss to combine.
  4. Sprinkle with hemp hearts and serve!

Additional Notes

This is super versatile and very much a "to taste"-type recipe. I like minimal amounts of dressing, so if that's not your preference, you can add more!

Fresh Summer Fruit Pesto Salad | @fairyburger

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  • Comments count as bonus entries for the giveaway! ;P What’s your favorite thing to eat at a cookout?
  • Do you have a favorite type of salad?
  • What product would you most want out of the ones that were sent by The French Farm to the #CookoutWeek bloggers? :]

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  1. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    love the giveaway and love the fruit and berry combo. You know I love that sweet and savory combo!

    1. Farrah

      Thank you, and good luck! 😀 Sweet + savory is definitely one of my favorite combos as well!
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  2. jennifer

    this fruit salad is ON FLEEK! I love fruit salad and could literally eat it until I make myself sick.
    jennifer recently posted…Frozen Yogurt-Dipped Blueberry Cherry Bites for July 4th!My Profile

    1. Farrah

      hahaha, me too! Especially since there are so many different kinds of fruits out there! *-*

  3. Annmarie

    Oooh I love the idea of fruit pesto salad! Looks delicious!
    Annmarie recently posted…Red, White & Blue Berry Chia Bar Bites {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}My Profile

    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Annmarie! <3!

  4. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    Never would have thought of pesto with fruit but hey why not!?
    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner recently posted…Healthy (Veggie) Hot Dog Toppers-Summer BBQMy Profile

    1. Farrah

      I was slightly worried it wouldn’t turn out okay initially, but I really liked the combination! 😀

  5. Laura Sampson

    This looks refreshing AND delicious!

    1. Farrah

      Thanks so much, Laura! :]!

  6. Abbey Sharp

    Awesome giveaways! I have yet to try pesto and fruit so this looks like the perfect opportunity!

    1. Farrah

      Thanks for entering and best of luck to you! :]! Hope you like this!
      Farrah recently posted…Fresh Summer Fruit Pesto SaladMy Profile

  7. ShootingStarsMag

    Mm…this sounds good! I do like light and fresh things for a cookout, especially if it’s really hot out!
    ShootingStarsMag recently posted…Review/Giveaway: Sip Tea With Mad HatterMy Profile

    1. Farrah

      Agreed! It’s been superrrrr hot/humid lately! x_x

  8. Jen K

    Farrah, now my mouth is watering! This recipe sounds soo good! Hope you are well my dear!

    1. Farrah

      hehehe, thanks, Jen! Things are going well on my end–I hope so for you as well! I’m so glad you and your husband both found great jobs! <3
      Farrah recently posted…Fresh Summer Fruit Pesto SaladMy Profile

  9. Nancy Loring

    I love grilled sausage with potatoes, peppers and onions. Food always taste better at a cookout.

    1. Farrah

      Agreed! :D!

  10. Chrissy @ Snacking in Sneakers

    Pesto and fruit?! I’m intrigued. I have never had those two together but I bet with the mozzarella in there too it’s a nice sweet and savory combo. Going to try it!
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    1. Farrah

      hehehe, I was wondering initially if it’d turn out okay but thankfully it did! The fresh mozzarella definitely didn’t hurt! ;P
      Farrah recently posted…Fresh Summer Fruit Pesto SaladMy Profile

  11. Jess @ The PinterTest Kitchen

    I’ve never seen a fruit salad recipe like this, but that’s the fun part about fruit salads.. they can all be so different and uniquely you. No one makes them the same way =)

    1. Farrah

      Agreed! I’m gonna have to start experimenting again–it feels like salad season! 😛

  12. Kimberly G

    This is a fruit salad I would love to try!
    Kimberly G recently posted…Chicago Marathon Training Recap – Week 5My Profile

    1. Farrah

      Yay! I hope you get a chance to try this out! :]!
      Farrah recently posted…Fresh Summer Fruit Pesto SaladMy Profile

  13. Kimberly Hatting

    Oh that sounds so good! It has all my favorite fruits in there!

    1. Farrah

      I’m loving all these summer fruits! <3
      Farrah recently posted…Fresh Summer Fruit Pesto SaladMy Profile

  14. Rachel

    That fruit salad looks amazing!! I love fruit and you’ve got some awesome ingredients in there!

    1. Farrah

      Thanks so much, Rachel! :D!
      Farrah recently posted…Fresh Summer Fruit Pesto SaladMy Profile

  15. Hannah

    Ooh, I would never have thought to put pesto with fruit – but basil is good with fruit so that totally makes sense!
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    1. Farrah

      hehe, that was part of what made me want to see what’d happen with this–thank goodness it turned out well! ;P
      Farrah recently posted…Fresh Summer Fruit Pesto SaladMy Profile

  16. VR

    What a unique fruit salad! I am going to try this out but just by veganizing the pesto 😀

    Thanks!!! Always love the food ideas!

    1. Farrah

      Sounds like an awesome idea! Let me know what you come up with! 😀 I think I’ve made an avocado “pesto” before, but always curious for more ideas! :]

  17. Kelly @ TastingPage

    I never thought to put pesto on fruit, but I like it. Looks like a great summer dish!

    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Kelly! :]

  18. Sarah

    A great reason to cookout! Not that you really need one. I love the idea of pesto and fruit.

    1. Farrah

      haha, very true! ;P I’m all for any excuse for a cookout these days!
      Farrah recently posted…Fresh Summer Fruit Pesto SaladMy Profile

  19. The Accidental Marathoner

    Oh, that salad looks so fresh and delish! I never thought of combining pesto with berries. Sounds yummy! I absolutely love love love ribs and corn-on-the cob on the grill. That, to me, tastes like summer! My whole family has been OBSESSED with caprese salad in the past few months, and with tons of tomatoes in my garden and two big bushes of basil growing on my deck, we will be able to enjoy it all summer long!

    What a wonderful giveaway you are hosting! Honestly, all of the offerings from The French Farm sound amazing, but now that you’ve introduced that pesto salad…I’m going to have to go with that. It is, after all, La Favorita!!!
    The Accidental Marathoner recently posted…Safety on Your RunMy Profile

    1. Farrah

      Oh, ribs!!! BBQ beef ribs is definitely one of my favorite foods ever! And yay for corn on the cob as well! Caprese is definitely one of my favorite types of salads too! *-*

      Thanks for entering the giveaway! <3!

  20. Coco

    Wow, that sounds amazing! Looks pretty too!
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    1. Farrah

      Thank you! :]!
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  21. Anna @ Pipers Run

    You can’t go wrong with this fruit salad. Looks good!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks so much, Anna!

  22. Tiffany @ The Chi-Athelte

    That looks so delicious, refreshing, and filling (my three requirements for anything I’m wiling to make).

    1. Farrah

      hehehe, those are my favorite requirements as well! :p

  23. Emily @Sinful Nutrition

    I never would have thought to add pesto to fruit, but now I’m son intrigued!
    Emily @Sinful Nutrition recently posted…Super Easy Ice Cream Cake CupcakesMy Profile

    1. Farrah

      It was so good! 😀

  24. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Wow! Everything looks great here–the giveaway and the recipe. I just love all the fresh fruit this time of year and that salad sounds delish. I’m game for interesting ingredients–my smoothies have gotten quite experimental.
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Deep Thoughts on the Run: There Are No AccidentsMy Profile

    1. Farrah

      Fresh fruits definitely make my life way more wonderful these days–I’m all for morning breakfast smoothies (+ pre/post-workout…) now that it’s finally warm again! :D!

  25. Natalie

    Truffles pesto with fresh fruits?! That sounds like one delicious combo. I really need to try this.

    1. Farrah

      Yay! I hope you like it! :]

  26. Mary Beth Jackson

    The sweet and savory combo sounds delicious! No BBQ is complete without watermelon, right?
    Mary Beth Jackson recently posted…Slowing down, it is summer! Weekly wrapMy Profile

    1. Farrah

      Agreed! 😀 Watermelon is so good!

  27. Ilka

    This is something I have never tried! Pinning for later!

    1. Farrah

      Yay! I hope you like it!

  28. Kathryn @ Dancing to Running

    When I think of pesto I usually think of pasta. I’ve never thought to use it with fruit. I’ll have to give it a try!
    Kathryn @ Dancing to Running recently posted…Chicago Marathon Training Log – Week 3My Profile

    1. Farrah

      I usually do as well, but apparently it works pretty well on fruit too! :D!

  29. Jill Conyers

    I never would have thought to put pesto and fruit together.

    1. Farrah

      It was a tasty combination!

  30. Karen G.

    What an interesting combo! I do love sweet and savory though..! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Farrah

      hehehe, I love that combination as well! :]

  31. Kristy from Southern In Law

    This is such a unique combination! And it’s TOTALLY making me miss summer fruit!
    Kristy from Southern In Law recently posted…Recipe: Single Serve Vegan Banana Pancakes (Gluten Free!)My Profile

    1. Farrah

      I’m sorry! I hope you get to have some again soon! (But I don’t want winter to come over here! x_x )

  32. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    I’ve never put pesto on fruit before and now I feel like I am missing out!
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie recently posted…Firework Oreo Cheesecake BitesMy Profile

    1. Farrah

      It was a fun summer salad! 😀
      Farrah recently posted…Thai Coconut Sago PuddingMy Profile

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