Ok, this is the recipe for The LOVELIEST Fruit Salad! I have mixed and matched it quite a bit (and will include my variations in this post), but I always get a happy crowd when I prepare this. It’s actually all about the dressing so I’ll explain the fruit part and then provide the recipe for the dressing. Here it goes:
First you need fruit (duh!). Honestly, this is the least consistent part of the recipe since I usually use whatever I have on hand (likely what’s on sale). In the featured picture, I used organic strawberries, organic kiwi, mango, and pineapple. I’ve also used apples, bananas, peaches, and blueberries before. My advice is to choose three or four fruits of various colors , slice them up (you will need about 1/2 cup of each fruit), and place in a bowl while you make the dressing below.
***Side Note*** Have you ever heard of the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen? It’s a listing of the dirtiest and cleanest produce in regard to pesticide concentration (pesticides can be carcinogenic and are linked to numerous ailments). The gist is that produce with thin or edible skin (ex. apples, tomatoes, grapes, peaches), have higher pesticide concentrations and should be purchased organic while those with thicker/inedible skins (ex. pineapple, avocado, citrus, melon, onions) have lower pesticide concentrations and should be fine to purchase conventionally. It’s good to know so that you don’t spend extra money buying organic if it isn’t entirely necessary.
For the dressing, you will need:
2 tbsp. of maple syrup to blend the sweetness of the various fruits (If improvising, agave syrup will do, as will a 1:1 mixture of cane sugar and water. However, the maple flavor gives this a really good taste.)
Juice of 1 lemon to cut the sweetness and add a really fresh taste (Lime will do, as will a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.)
1 tsp. of cinnamon aids in blending the flavors of the fruits, no way around this!
1 tsp. of ginger powder this is the secret ingredient that brings it all together (shhhh!).
This recipe makes approximately 4 servings.
In a small bowl, stir all ingredients until well blended. Pour over fruit and toss until the fruit is evenly coated. For best results, refrigerate for 30 minutes before enjoying. I hope you love it!
Wishing You Much Love and Veggieness,