Grilled fruit salad with creamy goat cheese topping
The scoop: Grilling fruit caramelizes the natural sugars and takes a standard salad to the next level. Bonus: Each serving of this fruit salad packs 11 grams of protein. (And if you just can't deal with adding protein powder to dessert, Greek yogurt and goat cheese help retain some of the protein content.)
Makes 4 servings
Ingredients: 2 peaches, cut in half, pit removed 3 plums, cut in half, pit removed 2 Bosc pears, cut in half, core and stem removed 2 fresh figs, cut in half 1 pink grapefruit, cut in half Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste 2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped 2 tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped 1 ounce unripened goat cheese 2 tablespoons fat free plain Greek yogurt 1 scoop vanilla-flavored whey protein powder (optional)
Directions: Preheat your outdoor grill to very high heat and oil grates. While grill is heating, prep all your fruits. Set them face up on a cutting board and sprinkle with a tiny bit of freshly cracked black pepper.
When grill is hot enough, place your fruits face down on the grill and cook until they get nice grill marks on them, about three to five minutes.
Remove from grill and set on your cutting board. Cut peaches, plums and pears into bite-size pieces and transfer to medium-size mixing bowl.
Using a teaspoon, remove the flesh from the grapefruit and add to the rest of the fruits. Squeeze as much of the juice as you can over the fruits. Toss in basil and mint leaves and mix until well combined. Set aside.
In a small mixing bowl, add goat cheese, Greek yogurt and protein powder. Mix with a spoon until well incorporated. Let the mixture rest for about a minute and give it another quick stir to make it smooth.
When ready to serve, divide fruit salad between four bowls and top with goat cheese mixture. Garnish with fig halves, slices of pears and mint leaves, if desired.