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Easy Fruit Salad

on April 12, 2012

This weekend, I knew I had to come up with something fabulous for a friend’s brunch.  This idea quickly fell by the wayside when my weekend turned into a hectic frenzy.  New plan: Just buy a fruit platter to balance out the super heavy deliciousness that I knew would be there.  Cue grocery store trip….and fail.  The fruit platters were obscenely overpriced ($15 ?!?) and didn’t even look good.  Dried out fruit that didn’t look remotely appetizing.  New plan #2: Make my own fruit salad.  

 My go-to fruit salad involves whatever fruit looks tempting, combined with a honey-lime dressing.

Fruits – the whole rainbow!

  • Strawberry
  • Cantaloupe
  • Banana
  • Kiwi
  • Blueberry

Dressing: I didn’t have honey, so I used agave nectar instead

  • 1/4 lime juice
  • 1 tbs agave
  • 1 tbs sugar

Now, cantaloupe can be a bit of an undertaking, and kiwi can be intimidating with its weird skin.  So, I thought I would offer my tips for how to deal with these delicious fruits.  Note – cantaloupe, usually a super affordable fruit.   if you buy it already cut up, it’s like $4.99 for a tiny portion which goes bad in like a day anyhow.  Oooor, you can buy a whole cantaloupe for like $3 and cut it up 🙂

First up, cantaloupe.  It’s actually not so bad, but I’ll admit a little time consuming.  Method:  Cut the thing in half, the scoop out the seeds on each side.

Then, cut off the skin.  Just place the half, cut side down, on a cutting board, and cut out from the center and down to the board.

Slice the halves in 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices, then cut cubes in the other direction.  Wala!  Told you it wasn’t that bad 😉

On the the kiwi.  Basically, similar method to the cantaloupe.  Start by cutting off each end.

Then, flip it on one side, and slice off the skin in the same way as the cantaloupe, following the curve of the kiwi. Then, cut in half length wise, and cut into slices.

Once all the fruit is chopped up, whisk the dressing in a separate bowl, and pour over fruit.  Then toss with your hands and you’re ready for a light side dish to accompany any holiday brunch 🙂

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One response to “Easy Fruit Salad

  1. Yosef says:

    Looks yummy!! Great pics

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