Red Fruit Salad

Red Fruit Salad Recipe

The low chuckle followed by a head shake. I've come to know it well. It's the reaction friends have when they stop by and get a glimpse at how this project has overrun our house. The towers of boxes, the tape guns, the bins of favorite things - it's all a bit much. I can't help but think of QUITOKEETO as my pretty little monster, one who only has an appetite for physical space. So, we've been on the lookout for the perfect place to move it, for months. And months. I drastically underestimated how long the process would take, but thankfully, we may have finally found just the spot. Please cross your fingers - I'd love to be able to have house guests again. We did the last round of shipments from the dining room and kitchen island, and I thought you might like a look at the process. In the midst of it all, we always try to break for a quick lunch, and this last time I threw together a ruby-hued fruit salad made with beautiful sweet cherries (and sweeter strawberries!), all from the weekend farmers' market.

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I ground a bit of brown sugar with coriander seeds to add to it, liking the way the coriander's citrusy, green notes played off the flavor of the strawberries and cherries. Just a little tweak, but enough to bring a hint of unexpectedness to a bowl of radiant, seasonal fruit.

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There are a lot of stairs between here and the UPS cart down below ;)....praying our next space is street level.

I'm going to try to pull together a favorites list before the weekend. Until then! xo-h

Red Fruit Salad

While this is great shortly after tossing all ingredients together, it's also wonderful a day or so after - as the fruit continues to macerate.

1 pound cherries, pitted*
1 pound strawberries, cored
1 1/4 teaspoon whole coriander seeds, or more to taste
2-3 tablespoons natural cane sugar (or brown sugar)
bit of lemon zest, bit of fresh lemon juice

Tear most of the cherries in half, and leave the remaining cherries whole. Place in a large bowl with strawberries.

Toast the coriander seeds until fragrant in a dry skillet, then crush in a mortar and pestle until finely ground. Work the sugar into the coriander one tablespoon at a time. Sprinkle the mixture over the fruit along with the lemon zest, and toss gently with your hands. Season with a bit of lemon juice, set aside for at least ten minutes, and enjoy.

Serves 6.

*To pit cherries use a cherry pitting tool, or a clean pair of needle-nosed pliers.

Prep time: 5 min

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Haha! Oh my! I certainly am crossing my fingers that the space ends up working out!

Jade Sheldon

Wow! This looks so beautiful with just a few ingredients. I'm going to have to find some good cherries that are in season!

Diane @ Vintage Zest

What a simply beautiful fruit salad. I love cherries and can't wait until they start coming in to the markets in the UK. The flavour from the coriander seeds sounds amazing. I hope things work out with your space and that you get your home back again soon!


Gorgeous ruby colors! And the addition of the coriander is just genius! Love your work, Heidi. xoxo

Nourish Your Roots

What a beautiful salad.. Love the idea of keeping it shades of red.


I hope your new almost-spot works out for you. Fingers crossed! I can only imagine how much STUFF you have to find a place for.

And I love strawberries and cherries. Two fave fruits, for sure.

Averie @ Averie Cooks

That looks like one hell of a project, but also so much fun!

And the salad, mmmm! When I read about the strawberries and saw lemon juice, it reminded me of when I was to visit some of my family in Italy. We were the served the simplest yet most delicious dessert: Chopped strawberries with a lemon and sugar dressing thad added extra zing and that lovely sweetness to it :D
The coriander seeds in this sounds interesting! I bet it is lovely though :)

I hope you have a nice day!

x J @ WolfItDown


I hope the space works out for you! I can only imagine how much stuff you must have squirrelled away given the number of boxes you're packing in the photos.

As for your salad, it looks beautiful, red is my absolute favourite colour.

Jennifer @ Delicieux

oh, that trolley, piled high with b+w boxes! fantastic. (in the looking. not in the hauling, oh my.)

love the coriander angle here. i imagine cardamom would be differently lovely. simple, fresh, good.

good luck on the new digs!


My last inspiration for coriander with fruit was coriander with orange marmalade. Strawberry makes an interesting twist too.


I often add coriander to sweet orange recipes, but loving the sound of it with berries and cherries! Yum. *fingers crossed for you too* xx

Emma Galloway

All that matters is that you're loving the project! I'm glad y'all will get your own space soon (fingers crossed!), but I hope you're happy with QuitoKeeto! :)

Love the addition of coriander here. I can always count on you for new, delicious ways to serve healthy food. I'm so grateful!


Summer fruit definitely speaks for itself. Just had my first quart of fresh strawberries this past weekend. Now I'm anticipating cherries. Super cool to hear about the success of your project!

Grace @ FoodFitnessFreshAir

Good luck with the new space!! This salad looks so lovely :)

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar


A) I love that bowl.

B) I love your hair pulled back and that shirt.

C) I sound like a creep so I'm moving on to food.

D) That fruit salad is stunning and makes me weepy.

E) Look at all those boxes!

F) The end.

G) I had to say the alphabet out loud to make sure I had the right letters in order.

Bev @ Bev Cooks

Sounds lovely, although I think I'd omit the lemon juice - the sugar will bring out the fruit's natural juices. and the lemon juice doesn't go so well with the dollop of cream I like on that sort of fruit salad! Cherries are still far too expensive here to even think of buying (and will probably stay that way, alas!) but British strawberries are just coming into season! Black pepper is quite good at bringing out the flavour if they are disappointingly bland.


Oh Heidi, this fruit salad sounds so, so good. Love the idea of adding coriander to fruit! It will be awhile before any cherries make their way to markets around here, but I will have to try this!

Hope your new space works out. Goodness, those are a lot of boxes!


As always, gorgeous photos.
And not that I'm underestimating you, but wow, I had no idea what a big project it was. Good luck on the new space!


looks simple but decadent. I am looking for recipes for a bridal shower and i think i'm gonna give this one a test drive for it.

It looks so much better than the usual watery mess of fruit salads. To be fair they usually have lots of melon in them, and I just have not learned to like melons yet.


And I just got my smock! I love it!


Lovely salad Heidi and Bev you are funny!


Hi Heidi, I just want to say that I love your apartment! I'm a big fan of interior design. From the looks of it, you kept the space light and airy with a little bling from the chandelier. My husband and I are moving to a loft-style apartment and I plan to do the same thing. I also love your pretty little monster. I'm constantly inspired by your photographs and style. I wish we lived in San Fran. Boston is cool. But San Fran is my fav city on Earth! Lots of inspiration there too.

Jilly Inspired

Cherries and strawberries and coriander, oh my! I never would have put that combo together in my mind, but now I'm dying to try it. It seems like the perfect lunch to sustain you when a huge project has overtaken your living space. (As one who runs a seasonal chocolate truffle business out of her small home, I can totally relate!)

Louise @ Kitchen Fiddler

coriander--brilliant! Only you could have a house full of boxes and it looks beautiful.


Beautiful, beautiful salad! Wow...that's quite the project you have going on. :)

Carrie @ Carrie on Vegan

I LOVE this. Although super sweet sensitive fruit, the red color makes this an excellent ROOT CHAKRA delight. Go on and keep getting grateful grounded. I love stalking this site.

Rachael J @ The Grateful Pantry

I always, always look forward to receiving one of your black and white filigreed boxes! Though had wondered how you had the space for this... thanks for the peek!

diary of a tomato

good luck with finding a new space, i know from experience that it is both exciting and nerve-racking. i absolutely adore quitokeeto. on your first go round i purchased nikole herriot's cake flags. they have been sitting in my living room waiting for this july, until they'll be placed on top of me and my fiance's wedding cake. thank you for having bins of favorite things they're always so interesting and unique!

HS: Love hearing this Lindsey - and, most importantly, huge congrats!


Always so inspiring, Heidi!


How delicious! Don't have cherries today, but a basket of strawberries and a lemon in my fridge are screaming for coriander right NOW.

Thank you!

Sue from Pleasanton

Great looking salad Heidi! I adore cherries but they are so fattening that I have to avoid them for the most part.
I just bought two of your cookbooks, and I must say that I am very excited about trying these recipes. I was disappointed however that a lot of the ones you have on the site here weren't in the books. I love, love, love your soups. So I print those out and I will just stuff them into the book until I can make a binder for them.
I am still very happy with the books. Beautiful to look at, drool-worthy on every account. Thank you for keeping them reasonably priced as well. (most of my money goes to organic food!)
Thanks again. Some day I hope to be able to get something from your little Seymour store (feed me Seymour!) and love it forever.
Fingers and toes crossed for your new place. I live only 3 hours west of you in the foothills of the Sierra. Sonora.....


Looks delicious! Coriander is an interesting addition.

Simple Sustenance

wow!!! this red fruit salad looks so vibrant and refreshing. Your recipes are always awe-inspiring Heidi :)

HS: Thanks Himanshu!


Made me smile seeing where my recent Quitokeeto package's journey began. And that salad, well let's just say that there is yet another 101 Cookbooks dish destined for our dinner menu in the days to come. I recently received a bamboo steamer and followed your direction on steaming vegetables...absolutely wonderful with the Shallot Oil from the Cilantro Salad. Know that you are keeping a family of five across the Bay, in Belvedere, VERY well-fed! BTW...loving and using my new Pallares Solsona kitchen knife everyday.

Kristin | The Dinner Concierge

Mmmmm. Lordy Lord, this looks good. I love little spins like this with fruit. So glad you found a new space for QUITOKEETO! xo

Lia Huber

This is so beautiful. Do you think you could use coconut sugar instead of the cane sugar or xylitol?

Christine Straley

Is Jana crazy? Since when are cherries fattening? Oh well, more for the rest of us! They are my absolutely favorite fruit and I've been eating at least a dozen of them a day ever since they hit the markets in San Francisco. Yummmmy! Genius idea to jazz them up and make them extra precious with this delectable recipe.
What's your neighborhood Heidi? This looks like The western addition...

HS: Good eye! I'm smack in the Western Addition. :)


This looks beautiful and I love the idea of the zest and coriander -- would not have occurred to me to add it to the sweet fruits like that but now I am looking forward to finding some cherries soon (none down here in Mexico yet!).

Shannon @ A Little Adrift

Your chandelier reminds me of mine that I unfortunately had to post on craigslist since I'm in a rental and it wont work here. Miss it but hope it will find a loving home soon! Good luck with the move and Happy Nesting!


Love the idea of using cherries in a salad like this, looks delicious!

Jan @ Sprouts n Squats

My grandmother taught me to pit cherries using the closed end of a large safety pin. Push that end into the top of a cherry and with a little pull, out comes the pit! I think of my grandmother every time,


Hey, can I move in to your old place if your new place works out? Serious! I love the kitchen!

HS: Thanks Karen, we're actually staying put. It's just the shop that needs to move ;)


I admire the way you play around with different flavors and textures. Pure genius!

Christina @ The Beautiful Balance

As per usual, simply stunning! I love the look of the monotonous red coloring- very unique for a fruit salad. You really do know how food works, my friend- you just seem to get it right every time :)


I envy that lovely looking fruit salad...not the boxes of chaos tho, you can enjoy that project! Good luck.


This is simply brilliant.


It was fun seeing where my little box came from :)

HS: Thanks Shaun! :)


I have some cherries to pick up on Saturday I can't wait to try this!


Love hearing about this process!!I also own a small business+love hearing people's process from a thought to reality.Or maybe i just like knowing other people are tortured wih their ideas too:)Either way interesting post.


Heidi I always love perusing your beautiful blog. I also love using your cookbook on a weekly basis. You actually inspired me to start my own healthy food blog( Thank you for making the internet so beautiful. Many wishes for continued success.

tracy friedlob

I love the beautiful and unique products that you chose for QUITOKEETO. Only one thing I would change: "Einkaufen soll Freude bereiten" means "shopping should bring joy" and not quite what your translation guess was. :)


That salad looks beautiful! What creative flavor combinations with the cherry, strawberry, and corriander!

Crystal @ Simply Playful Fare

Love the idea of combining coriander and strawberries/cherries. Dreaming of the bounty that summer brings...

The Kitchen Edition

Hi Heidi,

Did you happen to hear the piece on NPR by Dan Charles about Tart Cherries and the lack of specie diversity here in America? I have a feeling you might find it interesting.

Jaclin - cherry lover extraordinaire


This salad looks beautiful and so healthy. Thinking about bringing it camping this weekend. Do y'all think it will hold up if I make it ahead of time?


I've ordered a couple of times from QK. I showed these pics to my 14 yo daughter and we both just found it so cool to see the personal touch we get when we buy from you. Hope the new space isn't TOO big! ;)

HS: Love this comment Susan! Hi to your 14 yo as well. xo


love the cherries mixed with herbs. very inspiring for this weekend. so glad I found your site through this post on 101. great idea and beautiful photos. cheers!

tom @ little island kitchen

Oh my! This looks simple and amazing! Cherries and Strawberries are a fave of mine.

Jennifer @ Licious Food

Love the ruby hued fruit salad. I will put it away for next summer ( winter now in NZ) I make a green fruit salad
in autumn/winter with sliced green kiwifruit, green melon and green/white grapes. Cut it up, toss gently and leave till the juices run and serve @ room temperature


I absolutely love your place - I would love to get a piece or two from your shop, do you ship to the Netherlands, by any chance?

As for your salad: Whenever I read your blog, I feel as if I was living on the wrong side of the world. I can't wait for summer and it's fruits to arrive. Your salad looks lovely, nothing better than fresh cherries and strawberries.

HS: Not yet Ole! We hope to in the future though.

Ole @cookingbrains

my two fav fruits :)

full of taste

Definitely going to try making this salad for this upcoming picnic I'm going to! I really love the colour.


Hi Heidi! Thank you for sharing your recipes with us. I love your site and find it a wonderful inspiration. You're constantly opening my oh so culinary-challenged mind to new foods, flavours, and ideas and I love it! I never would have thought of mixing corriander and fruit but I tried this a couple days ago and it was a delightful treat. Today I was in a mood for a frozen desert and I added the leftover salad and juices with a couple handfuls of frozen berries in a blender...the result was superb!

HS: Thanks for the nice note Sorina. Love that it went into a smoothie!


Beautiful! I have this beckoning me to my kitchen, right now!

Piper Harris

the mediterranean island of Cyprus is blooming!,plump dark crimson black cherries are in season,and the mingling of damascus wild rose-petals harvested from my garden, exude the most exquisite aroma in this red fruit salad,rather than coriander,I added gliganiso"gk. anise seeds, crushed to impart its aroma.Here,its all about the plethora of wild herbs and spices which infuse our food,and lives with" taste"


I made this for a family event (my grandson's college graduation) and we had eaten the whole bowl full before dinner. I roasted the coriander and used an old fashioned mortar and pestle. I used small glass bowls and had placed it on the table - we started tasting and then -pouf- it was demolished - it was that good.!


This is so healthy!

Thanks for sharing your ideas!


Jenny Lo

Tried this recipe yesterday and it was fabulous! I've never used coriander before and was surprised how the spice complemented the fruit. Round 2 will be served today. Thanks for the recipe!


Just received my QUITOKEETO package {Honeydew & June Taylor Ketchup!} and it made me smile just seeing how carefully and beautifully packaged these items were...even my daughter loved the pretty packaging tape. Your attention to detail...with your recipes, blog and admired and appreciated.

HS: Packed with love! Thanks for the nice note Kristin - try the cultured honeydew butter recipe I posted on the QK site if you get a chance. :)

Kristin | The Dinner Concierge

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