Breakfasts — By Ben on 19 June 2009
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!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(26) Readers Comments

  1. I love breakfasts like this: I love to eat fresh fruit in the morning with some good sheeps ricotta & somehome made museli. I like to eat banana & kefir as well! MMMMMMM….

  2. Ah, there’s the protein…. I found it :) I agree that a fruit salad is a nice way to start/end a meal. It’s light, and the flavors are always so simple and nice. Totally a weight friendly meal dude.

  3. Dear Ben, did you say 5:30? Are you human? What time you go to bed? Ha, ha… I’d be a zombie all day if I had to wake up at 5:30… Having that wonderful breakfast wouldn’t help!!!! Oh, boy… get 3 fruity breakfast dishes for me and maybe I would survive… ;D

    Tengo que ver el link de las fotos… quiero participar :D

  4. If I had this fruit plate in front of me, I would probably stare at it for like half an hour before I eat it. Too pretty. And the photograph captures the beautiful colors of the fruits so well. I know what you mean about papayas at regular grocery stores being too expensive and small. They usually carry the Hawaiian type which I don’t care for. I only get good mangoes at Mexican (sometimes South Asian) stores. They’re big, meaty, and so sweet.

  5. Your produce is so pretty. I love how bold the colors pop in the photo. Such a great way to start the day. hehe…I just rhymed.

  6. Those strawberries are certainly beautiful Ben. If only there were time right now to enjoy you photography club with 3 jobs and everything else that is in the works. I know you would be an excellent teacher:D

  7. Beautiful! But I dont think I can manage something like this so early in the morning.

  8. What a beautiful way to start your day.

  9. This looks like a perfect breakfast on any type of day! I love fruit in the morning and I always make sure to include at least some, whatever I am having. These look beautiful!

  10. That looks awesome Ben…must be great to have all fresh salad!

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