Another component to a salad which is a modern concept is adding a sweet aspect to a salad with the addition of fruits. There are so many different fruits which can be added to a salad which really make it exciting and can help create a masterpiece. Here are some of the common ones. Melons (Watermelon etc), berries (Gooseberries-tart, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries), apples (preferably granny smith), citrus (orange & grapefruit), grapes, pears, pineapple, mangoes, nectarines, figs and cranberries & pomegranate for garnishing are just some. Another unusual fruit which is extremely easy to grow, a heavy producer, available in South Africa and just great, is a melon pear. I love this not well known fruit and you could really surprise people by adding this to your salad. Also experiment by using fruits to make salad dressings and the berries and mangoes work well for this. A raspberry, balsamic vinaigrette is a showstopper salad dressing that adds zest to a salad. You can also experiment by cooking some of the fruit for example chargrilling pineapple, mango and nectarines.