The Kids Cook Monday: Easy Fruit Salad with Yogurt Dressing
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Kids Love to Eat Fruit Salad!
Like most moms, I struggle to get my kids to eat enough fruits and vegetables. Often times, they get stuck in a rut, eating the same selection day after day (e.g. bananas), with not enough variety in their diet.
Fortunately, fruit salad is easy to make, your kids can help in the kitchen, and they'll love the delicious mix of flavors and textures. This recipe includes a light yogurt-based dressing, but you can just as easily leave off the dressing and enjoy fresh fruit mixed together. The dressing makes the salad just a bit "fancier," but trust me - its hardly any additional effort!
Children ages 3 and older can help prepare the fruit salad recipe. Have them help take grapes off the stems, peel bananas, or remove stems from strawberries.
With supervision, children over the age of 8 can help chop melon or apples. When you involve your family in meal preparation, everyone enjoys pitching in.
Fruit salad is a great dish to bring to barbecues or other social gatherings. During summer months, when fresh fruit is in season, be sure to shop at your local farmer's market!
Prep Time for Easy Fruit Salad with Yogurt Dressing
- Prep time: 15 min
- Ready in: 15 min
- Yields: 8-10 servings
Ingredients for Fruit Salad with Yogurt Dressing
- 1 cup bananas, chopped
- 1 cup green or red seedless grapes
- 1 cup seedless watermelon, chopped
- 1 apple, chopped
- 1 cup blueberries or strawberries
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped (if desired)
Instructions for Fruit Salad with Yogurt Dressing
- Wash, drain and then chop up the desired fruit for the salad (see additional ingredient suggestions below). Place in a large bowl and set aside
- In a small bowl, combine plain yogurt, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice. Add chopped walnuts if desired. Stir together to make the dressing
- Pour yogurt dressing over fruit salad, stir to combine
- Enjoy immediately!
Another Fruit Salad Recipe with Yogurt Dressing
Make Fruit Salad With Your Own Ingredient Choices
Fruit salad can be made with any of your favorite fresh fruits. I usually try to use at least 5 different fruits when I make this recipe.
Instead of watermelon, use Cantaloupe or Honeydew melon. Try fresh, seasonal berries such as raspberries, blackberries, or boysenberries. Swap out chopped apples with pears. Citrus is a nice addition: try adding peeled orange or grapefruit sections. Tropical fruit is delicious, too. We love mango, papaya and pineapple for a more exotic "islands" meal.
We have also experimented with the yogurt dressing, adding 1 tablespoon of honey instead of the brown sugar and including 1/4 cup of shredded dried coconut. Although my kids do not like the recipe when it includes chopped walnuts, adults usually prefer the added crunch to the fruit salad.
Fruit Salad is a Perfect Accompaniment to Summer Meals
We make this fruit salad at least once a week during summer months. It is a great side dish for turkey burgers, grilled chicken, or even on its own for breakfast!
Leftovers keep well for 1-2 days covered in the refrigerator.
Instead of heavier potato or macaroni salad, this easy fruit salad with yogurt dressing is a healthier side dish with just enough creaminess. Stir it up and bring it along to your next family gathering, sports event, potluck or barbeque.
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© 2012 Stephanie Hicks
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