This post was originally published here on August 29, 2014. It’s a favorite recipe of mine, so I thought it was worth re-visiting with new and improved photos. I hope you try it out!
I have been in a MEGA salad mood these past couple of weeks. Like, I literally can’t stop eating salads. They’re all I want. All day. Every day.
I’ve always been a big salad eater. But you know how there are some days when you’re just eating a salad because you feel like you’re suppose too be. Like, maybe you’re trying to erase some poor choices from the day before. Yeah. I’ve had my fair share of those moments (most recently, this past Saturday). I think we all have.
But lately, I don’t feel like that at all. My appetite for salads has been insatiable. Luckily for me, there is an overwhelming amount of delectable Summer produce available right now. So feeding my salad desires has never been so easy. Or delicious.
This Grilled Potato and Fig Salad with Maple-Almond Clusters has been a favorite recipe of mine for years now. And it’s currently making it’s way back into heavy rotation. I’m literally obsessed with this salad. And as long as I can reliably find fresh figs at the grocery story, that obsession will continue. Fig season is SO SHORT (which pains me greatly). So when they are around, you know damn straight I’m taking advantage of them in every way possible.
I’m also taking advantage of my grill while the weather allows, grilling both the potatoes and the figs for this recipe. The potatoes do require a little pre-cooking, which helps them to cook evenly on your grill without burning. But it’s worth the extra step. Because everything tastes better from the grill. Even salads.
I find that I don’t need much in the way of dressing for this salad. Just a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar is plenty for me. But you can add some extra-virgin olive oil, if desired.
Beware these maple-almond clusters. They are pretty much like crack. CRACK I tell you! It takes a lot of willpower not to eat (demolish?) the entire batch in one sitting. You might want to just go right ahead and double the recipe, so you have enough for nibbling on and for topping this salad. Trust me when I say they are highly addicting.
YOU GUYS! This no-bake cheesecake is the best thing I’ve put in my mouth in the last 3 months.
And that’s saying a lot. Because I’m not even THAT big of a fan of cheesecake. Like, it’s OK. But I’m typically underwhelmed by anything that isn’t chocolate or ice cream. If I had to make a list of my favorite desserts, cheesecake would be somewhere near the bottom.
It goes something like this:
Chocolate chip cookies
Of course, there are many other desserts to choose from. But you get the idea.
But this Triple Berry No-Bake Cheesecake with Amaretti Crust is making me re-think my list. And I know you’re going to fall in love with it, too!
The best thing about this cheesecake is that it’s no-bake (obviously, because “no-bake” is in the title of the recipe). Which is an ideal quality these days, as the temperature and humidity continues to rise as we make our way through the month of July. It’s been way too hot to bake lately, so I’m trying to lay off my oven as much as possible. I’ll save my sweating for the gym.
The cheesecake filling is unbelievably light (unlike traditional baked versions which I find to be very heavy and dense). Just imagine yourself eating the tastiest, fluffiest cloud ever. Because that is EXACTLY what a slice of this heavenly cheesecake is like.
I was inspired by a recipe from Sarah at the The Sugar Hit to use amaretti cookies for the crust instead of graham crackers, which I typically turn to for no-bake crusts. I then decided to carry that almond flavor throughout with a bit of almond extract in the filling and some amaretto in the berry topping. The almond flavor isn’t super strong, but it’s enough to make you say “hmm…what’s different about this cheesecake?”. I really enjoyed the change up. And all my friends did, too (I promptly removed this cheesecake from my house and shared it with my crew, for fear of eating it all myself!).
Summer berries are plentiful right now, so I used a mix of my favorites: blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. You could toss in some strawberries, if you have them. Or narrow it down to one or two berries. It’s all good! Just please don’t use too much sugar in the berry topping. I’ve seen recipes that call for an equal amount of sugar to berries. And that’s just freaking insane. You want to let the flavor of the berries shine through. And not give yourself a massive sugar shock in the process.
The most important thing about this recipe is not to rush things. You MUST make sure your cream cheese is super soft and you incorporate the powdered sugar slowly, or you’ll risk having a lumpy filling. And you MUST give the cheesecake ample time to chill before attempting to slice and serve it. So plan ahead. This is a great make-ahead dessert for a party!
This Triple Berry No-Bake Cheesecake with Amaretti Crust is part of our monthly round-up of seasonal recipes organized by Becky from Vintage Mixer. At the start of each new month, Becky shares a produce guide (click here for July) with tons of recipe suggestions and tips. And a bunch of my blogging friends make new recipes (see the links below) that incorporate those ingredients that are currently at their peak. It’s a great way to learn how to take advantage of the bounty of fruits and vegetables that each month offers. I hope you get the chance to check it all out. And let’s all #eatseasonal together!
Recipe adapted from my No-Bake Meyer Lemon Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache Layer
July Eat Seasonal Recipes
Golden Beets with Black Beans and Dried Cherries by Letty’s Kitchen
Summer Melon Cous Cous Salad with Avocado, Grapes and Mint by Foodie Crush
Berry Frangipane Brioche Toast by Vintage Mixer
Paleo Double Chocolate Zucchini Banana Bread by JoyFoodSunshine
Kale Salad with Blueberries Cherries and Goat Cheese by Flavor the Moments
Pesto Butter Corn on the Cob by Cookin’ Canuck
Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcakes by Food for My Family
Pickled Beets by Healthy Seasonal Recipes
Sour Cream Panna Cotta with Strawberry Compote by Simple Bites
Blueberry Acai Frozen Yogurt by Kitchen Confidante
Lower Carb Zucchini Noodle Pasta Bake by She Likes Food