by Tessa Matthews, staff reporter

Summer Friendly Fruit Salad

Ingredients:

3 or 4 fruits of your choice

Gelatin of your choice (amount of packages varies with size of watermelon)

Watermelon

Instructions:

  1. Follow instructions on gelatin package and chill. Do not let it form.
  2. Cut watermelon in half and scoop out watermelon.
  3. Cut fruit up into bite size pieces.
  4. Layer fruit in watermelon half. Note: you can mix up the fruit as well.
  5. Pour gelatin into watermelon half.
  6. Chill until gelatin is solid.
  7. Enjoy 🙂

The summer break is coming to an end and the back to school ads are out in force, but in Texas the heat doesn’t stop. There are countless ways to stay cool and eat heat-friendly foods, but living below the poverty line, my family and I can’t go out and buy popsicles and other treats to stay cool. We have to improvise and find inexpensive ways of beating the heat. On our most recent trip to the local food pantry, we were given countless amounts of grapes, strawberries, and cherries. We were even generously given two watermelons. With the fruit overflowing from our fridge, I had no idea how we would eat it all. As I was scrolling through my social media feed, I found an answer (thank you DIY videos).

I was a bit nervous making this fruit salad at first because I had never done anything like this. At the same time I was excited to try something new. The process was a bit tedious and it took me about an hour to cut up the fruit (no thanks to my niece who was trying to eat the fruit as I was cutting it). Everything else about the process was very enjoyable.

The best part about this recipe is that the fruit and jello are interchangeable with anything. Personally I do not like strawberries so the next time that I make this fruit salad I will switch the strawberries with another fruit that I prefer.