I’m not native to New England, but after officially 14 years here in western Massachusetts, I’m starting to forget that I’m not from here. Spring is one of our times to shine here, still coming out of three late winter snowstorms, we are trying to make the most of it. Every weekend is full of spring adventures. Next month, we have trips, parties, conventions, road trips, galore! I can barely keep up with it. We’re throwing Sawyer’s birthday party in a couple of weeks, and I’ve been finding spring party recipes I’d love to make. This recipe has two sources of inspiration.
1 – My mother-in-law! We are all cheese lovers in this house and one day she was hungry but in a hurry at our house, and I watched her make a “sandwich” out of cheddar cheese and apples. I thought, “Well, how cool is that? She inspired me!”
2 – Big Y. That’s one of the greatest parts of living where I do – we have access to a wonderful grocery store. I knew that if I was thinking about fruit and cheese party snacks, all I had to do was head to Big Y and instantly get inspired by the vibrant produce selection and the cheese section. Found in the refrigerated block cheese section, I picked up three varieties of Heluva Good!: Jalapeño Jack, Heluva Good! Colby Jack, and Heluva Good! Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese.
Any cheese will do but we used Colby Jack.
I love making creative and fun recipes, that are also visually appealing. I’m in the “never too much color” camp of recipe creation, and luckily there are so many seasonal and vibrant choices right now. I grew up on rainbow everything, and I love rainbow food. I was happy that Big Y had everything I needed to pull this off. You can read in my special notes in my recipe about different fruits you can choose for this recipe. I also think you could use any nice cheese for a rainbow vegetable kabob recipe too! In fact, I’ll be doing that quite soon! The sources of inspiration are numerous, aren’t they?
Rainbow Fruit and Cheese Kebobs:
What You Need:
20 bamboo or other skewers
1-2 blocks cheese of choice, cubed
Honeydew melon chunks
For the dipping sauce:
2 cups Greek yogurt (I chose vanilla)
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
What You Do:
1 – In a medium bowl, stir yogurt, honey and cinnamon. Chill and set aside.
2 – Cut the fruit that still needs to be cut.
3 – Add a cube of cheese to the skewer.
4 – Add the strawberry to the skewer.
5 – And then add the orange.
6 – Add the pineapple.
7 – Then, add another cheese cube.
8 – Add the honeydew.
9 – Then, add the blueberry.
10 – Finally, add the blackberry and one more cheese cube.
11 – Repeat 20 or so times!
I used the amazing produce we had in our fridge. You can absolutely try anything! For “purple”, try grapes. For “green”, try kiwi. For “red”, try raspberries. You get the point!
I used the amazing produce we had in our fridge. You can absolutely try anything! For “purple”, try grapes. For “green”, try kiwi. For “red”, try raspberries. You get the point!”>
Not only do I use them for parties and for snacking, but these tasty bites are awesome for breakfast or lunch as well! My kids will ask for them after every party, because they know I keep any leftovers (rare) in a container in the fridge. You can just pull them out and dip them in a fresh honey cinnamon yogurt dipping sauce. BOOM – instant summer snacking solution.