Watermelon Fruit Salad with Mango, Blackberries and Basil

Wow, this summer’s Food ‘n Flix features have me feeling a tad bit ancient.

First there was The Princess Bride and now it’s Dirty Dancing.  Both celebrate their 30th anniversary this year.

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Dirty Dancing is a great film to watch on a lazy summer afternoon but it was a bit bittersweet, seeing the late Patrick Swayze in his glorious youth and the late Jerry Orbach as the father everyone wants to have.

Then, there’s Jennifer Grey, pre-nose job.

Chef Sarah Elizabeth is hosting this month.  You can see her announcement post here.

Although I would not classify this film as a foodie one, there is a bit of food.   Here’s the food and beverage references I picked up on:

  • Roasted chicken and pot roast (in the Kellerman’s dining room during the family’s first supper at the resort.)
  • There’s the watermelon that Baby lugs into the secret world of the resort workers.
  • There’s all the food that Neil offers Baby from the kitchen’s refrigerators:  brownies and milk, rice pudding, cabbage rolls, sweet gherkins, beef or beets (couldn’t distinguish) and fruit salad.
  • Whiskey
  • Old school Budweiser
  • Retro cocktails
  • Breakfasts of eggs/tomatoes/lox, grapefruit, OJ, danishes, and canteloupe
  • “Hungry Eyes”

Gotta love the 80s!

I wanted to be overly clever and create a  Vietnamese flavored pot roast based on Dr. Houseman’s comment:  “Baby wants to send her pot roast to Southeast Asia.”

But, it’s way to hot to cook so I instead I did a watermelon fruit salad.

Watermelon Fruit Salad with Mango, Blackberries and Basil


This salad is perfect for the upcoming Fourth of July or for your other summer barbecues.


  • 3 c. seedless watermelon, cubed or balled
  • 1 mango, peeled, pitted and cubed
  • 6 oz. fresh blackberries
  • 2 T. fresh lime juice
  • 1 T. honey
  • 1 T. basil, chopped  (I used a Thai variety.)


  1. Prepare fruit and place in a large serving bowl.
  2. Combine lime juice and honey. Drizzle over fruit and carefully toss.
  3. Garnish with basil.

Yields:  4-6


This recipe is simple, fresh and delicious.   The slightly spicy mango works well with the milder watermelon and the berries just add a pop of brightness.   You could use mint in this dish if you prefer, but I am a basil freak and the herb worked well, especially with those mangoes.

Have a great holiday and enjoy the fireworks!

Our Goddaughter is into everything 80s.  I need to make sure this film is on her watch list.   The music and the innocence could not be more indicative of that decade.

Believe it or not, I am actually posting early (not at the last minute like I normally do).  You have plenty of time to revisit Dirty Dancing  and join in the fun.  Membership to Food ‘n Flix is open to anyone.   For more information, click here.  

I’m linking this salad to Deb’s Souper Sunday (Kahakai Kitchen).

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