A Salad for Breakfast

Breakfast salad

I have mentioned before that breakfast is for me the most important, and often the biggest, meal of the day. I usually get up at 5:30 am to go to the gym and by the time I get back I am ready to eat a horse. But sometimes, on my days off from my workout routine, I just want to have a light, healthy, sweet breakfast. That’s when I return to the basics. Back home in Mexico, the days always started with a big bowl of fruit salad, homemade yogurt and café con leche. After that we would have eggs, sopes, quesadillas, gorditas de piloncillo or any other of my mom’s delicious culinary creations. Yes, our breakfast were always BIG.

This is a typical fruit salad for me. I always try to add fruit that is in season and local, although I can’t live wihout the tropical fruit I grew up with. In this shot I am missing papaya (I haven’t gone to the Mexican market in a couple of weeks, and the papayas at Kroger’s are too expensive and too small) and bananas (they weren’t ripe yet). The perfect addition to the plate, I think, was the berries, in terms of taste and composition. Aren’t those strawberries beautiful? I just wish the season lasted longer. There’s nothing better than fresh, local strawberries (only mangoes right off the tree are better), right?

This fruit salad is also going to the Food Photographers Club second assignment. You might think I am going crazy with these salads, but I really want to improve my food styling skills and the way I look at food through the lens of my camera. These assignments are a great way to do it. So join in and give us your opinion, suggestions and ideas about our shots. Hope to see you there!

Breakfast salad

¡Buen provecho!


  • Okay, you’ve convinced me I need fruit this morning. But there’s a small matter of left over brioche sitting on the counter. Uh–ohhhh….Love that last shot Ben!

  • If making one want to eat what’s on the plate equals good composition, then I think you scored on this. P.S. Aren’t you supposed to eat something before and not work out on an empty stomach?

  • What a beautifully arranged plate of fruits! I would definitely have that for my breakfast!

  • You are so lucky to have access to such beautiful produce. I’m totally jealous (did I sound a Valley Girl there with the totally?). Fruit for breakfast is perfect. But so are waffles for dinner! :p

  • Un plato de frutas muy nice!!

    Hermosa fotografía Ben!!!

    Y sí, en México nos encanta desayunar bien! 🙂

  • perfect breakfast! we had papaya tree back in india & i still do not like papayas.. probably the only fruit which i do not like so much. mango & berry mania now in my home.

  • Wow, Ben, that is a lot more gorgeous than my usual breakfast!

  • Ahhh this is my perfect breakfast!! Looks delicious!!

  • Your salad looks fresh and delicious! I love the colors on the plate, and the blueberries add a nice visual pop.

  • As much as I love my fruits for brekky, I hate all the chopping and peeling in the morning…so I do it the night before! Add some oatmeal, yoghurt and 3 cups of coffee and I’m set! Great capture of the fruits Ben!

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