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HOW TO MAKE FRUIT SALAD

About This Fruit Salad.

Fruit is essentially nature’s candy, but unlike refined sugar products, it is actually good for you! I also love that Mother Nature offers us different bounties throughout the seasons, meaning our fruit salads – and the nutrients associated with different seasonal produce – can change during the year.

Fruit salad is a healthy dish, but one has to be careful to choose the right combination of fruits. The wrong combination of fruits can create discomfort in the stomach or even affect your body’s ability to absorb the nutrients.

Easy Fruit Salad.

🔸Ingredients.

▪️1/2 cup orange juice.

▪️1 teaspoon grated orange zest.

▪️1/4 cup lemon juice.

▪️1 teaspoon grated lemon zest.

▪️1/4 cup honey.

▪️1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

▪️3 cups strawberries cut in halves.

▪️4 tangerines separated into sections.

▪️3 cups pineapple chunks.

▪️3 kiwi peeled and sliced.

▪️2 cups blueberries.

▪️2 cups red grapes.

▪️mint optional.

🔻Instructions.

_ Add the orange juice, orange zest, lemon juice, lemon zest, and honey to a saucepan and bring to a boil on medium heat, whisking for 3-4 minutes then turn off, add in the vanilla and let cool completely.

_ Add the fruit to a large bowl and toss carefully with the sauce and refrigerate for at least two hours (you can also toss each fruit individually and line up the fruits in rainbow order then garnish the fruit salad with mint).

Can I use frozen fruit?

You can’t use frozen fruit! Because fruits are mostly water, their cell structures change when frozen: when water turns to ice, it expands as its cells rearrange themselves into a tight crystalline formation. When you bring frozen fruit to room temperature, you may notice that a lot of the fruit looks very deflated and mushy—and that’s because that crystalline arrangement during freezing punctured through the cell walls of the fruit, causing their collapse once defrosted. So unless you like mushy fruit salad that borders on fruit soup…

Can I prepare the salad ahead of time?

You can, but hold off on dressing it until right before serving and keep your prepared and cut fruits well covered and refrigerated until it’s time to serve. We recommend prepping the fruit within 4 hours of serving—any longer and you’ll start to see shriveling and oxidation on the cut fruit. If you want to prevent your chopped apples from browning too much, toss them with a tablespoon of lemon juice and put them on the bottom of the fruit bowl to reduce their contact with air.

What Fruits Go Well Together?

First, it’s important to know HOW to pick the best fruit. Here are some tips:

1. Make sure it won’t brown (NO bananas or apples unless eating with 30 minutes max).

2. Make sure it won’t get smushed (NO over ripe raspberries).

3. Make sure it’s in season and/or ripe.

A few more tips.

▪️DO cut fruit so that it’s all relatively similar in size. Obviously blueberries are going to be small, but everything else should be more or less equal.

▪️DO Toss fruit in freshly squeezed citrus juice and zest instead of granulated sugar. Go with what makes sense.

Adding a Dressing.

Fruit salads do not need a dressing, but they do enhance the flavors. Here are a few suggestions for that:

_ For a salad incorporating cut up oranges (like this one), use orange juice and zest to sweeten it.

_ For an all berry fruit salad I’d suggest using lemon juice and zest._ For a tropical salad (melons, pineapple, strawberries, mango etc.) use lime juice and zest.

_ Garnish with fresh herbs or spices. Mint, poppy seeds, or a dash of chili powder (for tropical salads) make great additions. Totally optional though!

Reference:

Fruit Salad/https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/fruit-salad-recipe/

Easy Fruit Salad/https://dinnerthendessert.com/fruit-salad/

Fruit Salad/https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a19609963/easy-fruit-salad-recipe/

HOW TO MAKE FRUIT SALAD/https://lifemadesimplebakes.com/how-to-make-fruit-salad-4/

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