A perfectly delightful and beautiful fruit salad
Sure, it’s easy enough to grab an apple or a handful of grapes and call it a day, but if you’re looking for a way to really celebrate fresh fruit, we think that a fruit salad is the way to do it.
Fruit salads have endless possibilities, and you can’t really go wrong so long as you remember a few key points.
- The fruit should be ready to eat. This means that fruit is washed, seeds and any inedible peels should be removed, and the fruit should be cut into bite-size pieces.
- Your dressing should include some form of acid; either orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit juice are good bets. This will keep your fruit from browning.
- If you include bananas in your fruit salad (we don’t in this recipe) they should be added last, right before serving.
- Your fruit salad will keep for a few days in the refrigerator. Prior to serving, toss it again to ensure that the dressing is evenly distributed.
- We love the addition of cinnamon to our fruit salads. If you prefer you can add some fresh herbs (mint is always a good choice).
- Have fun with it! This fruit salad has a love and Valentine’s Day theme, hence the preponderance of red. Otherwise, you can add in any fruit that you like.
Fruit salad is so handy to have on hand in the fridge, especially if you have children in the house. It makes for a fun, easy, accessible snack for times when they are feeling peckish. Fruit salad is also a great addition to breakfast or lunch. So, although a plain apple a day will keep the doctor away, a beautiful fruit salad will keep your family coming back for more, every day!
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For the salad
- 1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved or quartered see note
- 2 cups red grapes, halved
- 6 ounces raspberries
- 1 cup pomegranate seeds
- 3 red apples, chopped into bite-size pieces
- 2 red grapefruit, pith removed and chopped into bite-size pieces
For the dressing
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) maple syrup
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) freshly squeezed orange juice
- grated zest of 1 lemon
- 1 tsp cinnamon, or to taste
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the fruit and toss gently to mix.
- In a small mixing bowl, coming the maple syrup, orange juice and grated lemon zest for the dressing and whisk until combined.
- Pour the dressing over the fruit and sprinkle with the cinnamon. Toss well to combine, being careful not to bruise or break apart the fruit.
- Chill until ready to serve.