Thursday, July 9, 2009

Fruit Salad with Zest!

My sister in law makes this, it is so yummy and just a fun twist on an old favorite. It's from the Food Network, and she makes it for big group gatherings. Give it a whirl the next time you make a fruit salad!

1/4 freshly squeezed lime Juice
1/4 c sugar (max, you can use less if your fruit is really ripe)
1/2 pineapple, cut and peeled
2 kiwis, peeled and sliced
1/2 pound grapes, pick off stems
1/2 small melon, peeled, seeded, and cut (I use watermelon and cantelop)
1 pint any seasonal berry (I use black berries, blueberries, and strawberries)
1 mango, pitted, peeled, and cut ( I don't always add this guy)
1 orange, peeled and cut (not in the original recipe, but I like it in there)

Cut up all your fruit, shortly before using it. If you need to prep this significantly sooner (like the day before if it's for a shower or party) cut all the fruit and put them in their own individual large ziplocks and then combine them at the last minute to ensure the best flavor with the least mushiness.  Juice your lime juice and add about 1/8 cup sugar, mix, taste, add more sugar if needed (depending on how ripe your fruit is already). Add up to 1/4 cup sugar (so another 1/8 of a cup)  to the mixture, then pour over top and toss the fruit. You can also add a dollup of vanilla yogurt to the salad and mix it in for another fun variation. This will definitely be gobbled up so make sure you make enough! You can also zest a little of the lime peel on top of a pretty and tasty presentation!

NOTE: I rarely ever cook with exacts, so use approximations, especially with the fruits and amounts, use what you have, what you like, and what's in season!  

1 comment:

Theresa said...

Yummy! I've been eating so much fruit this summer. This recipe is right up my alley!