Simple Fruit Salad
A fresh fruit salad bursting with a medley of healthy berries is the perfect dish to bring to your next potluck. If you are not a lover of cooking or preparing complicated dishes, it can be intimidating when you must bring food to a social event. The dish that often appears complex but is ever so simple to prepare - is the fruit salad.
Colorful Fruit Salad
How to Make a Simple Fruit Salad
This version of fruit salad is a little different since there is no liquid added and it is a mainly made up of berries. Fruit is a super healthy vegetarian treat that is just as beautiful to look at as it is to eat and for some odd reason, guests seem to think you spent a lot of time on it.
The best time of year for fresh fruit is of course summer but we have our choice of fruit pretty much all year round. To get started with this simple salad just follow the quick and easy steps below....
Fresh Fruit Salad Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4 - 6
- Strawberries (about 8 large ones quartered)
- Blueberries (6 oz )
- Kiwi Fruit (3 or 4)
- Green Grapes ( handful or more if you wish)
- Prepare all fruit first by washing and rinsing with water thoroughly, pat dry with a paper towel.
- In a large salad bowl add the fruit. I like to use a glass salad bowl to highlight the colors of the fruit.
- Slice the strawberries into halves (if they are very large slice into quarters)
- Peel the kiwifruit and slice into thin rounds about 1/8 inch thick
- Add the blueberries
- Add green grapes to taste
- Stir gently to mix the fruit
- Voila! a gorgeous fruit salad.
How to Choose a Ripe Kiwi Fruit
Kiwi fruit has a tough outer brown skin that hides the beautiful green, sweet fruit within. You must be careful choosing Kiwi because if you get one that is overripe you will be stuck with green mush that is not very appetizing and cannot be added to a fruit salad. Overripe kiwi tend to lose their sweetness too.
When choosing your kiwi look for these characteristics:
- A good kiwi will have a smooth outer skin that is not wrinkled.
- The skin should also be evenly colored and not discolored in any way.
- When you squeeze a kiwi fruit it should not be overly soft but it should give a little; if it's too hard - it will be tart to taste.
When you follow these three tips you should get a nice, sweet and enjoyable kiwi. When kiwi is added to a fruit salad they provide not only their unique sweetness but an appealing green color component. Remember we first eat with our eyes!
How to eat a Kiwi
Simple Fruit Salad with Blueberries
Blueberries have become a staple food in my house. They are a great addition to not only fruit salads but cereals, oatmeal, yogurts, and granola. These little berries are a nutritional powerhouse. The health benefits of blueberries are numerous, listed below are just a few of their healthy attributes.
- Antioxidant that protects cells from damage.
- Increases the body's ability to burn fat
- Reduces and maintains blood pressure
- Increases memory
- Protects against colon cancer
It is a wise choice to always toss blueberries into your fresh fruit salad. Your body and mind will thank you for it.
Fresh and Simple Fruit Salad anytime!
If you buy lots of fruit put into the fridge in those fruit and vegetable drawers they often get forgotten and start to rot. I have had this happen on numerous occasions. If the fruit is out of site it's out of mind. Keeping it out of the fridge in a fruit bowl is one idea but to keep it cold and fresh just prepare it ahead of time as a fruit salad.
This is an excellent way to ensure all the nutritious fruit you purchased doesn't go to waste. This recipe is particularly good for this, no apples that brown or bananas to become gooey. I find it gets eaten quickly as it is such a nutritious after school or any time snack. Storing it in a container that makes it easy to scoop out a bowl full is the key. I found this tupperware that was originally created as a lettuce keeper to be perfect for fruit salad.
Tupperware Super Crisp Saver
I have had this "lettuce keeper" for more than 16 years! It wears extremely well as you can see from my photo above and it is much more than just a "lettuce keeper".
It is super for keeping prepared salads fresh, especially fruit salads. It can be used for as a storage container for the fridge or a travel container for a pot luck or picnic. You can also use it as a serving container. There is no need to place your contents in another dish just serve it right from the container. Now that's efficiency!
I found the "classic" version online and still for sale. Amazing, but I am not surprised because it is very durable and I can certainly attest to that after using it for so many years. A very worthwhile purchase.This style of Tupperware has been around for years and that is because it works!
Green vs Purple Grapes: What is the difference?
I personally prefer green grapes always have since I was a child and I am not sure why. It may be the slight difference in taste or perhaps because I only remember my mother buying the green grapes; so it became a preference.
So what is the difference between the two? They are simply different species. Nutritionally, the purple grape wins out, but that doesn't mean green grapes are not good for you. They are both healthy and beneficial but the purple grape has the edge as it is richer in antioxidants and lower in calories. Basically, the darker the fruit or vegetable the more nutritional punch.
So purple or green which ever you prefer, they are an excellent addition to your fruit salad, just toss them in!
The Strawberry: A sweet addition to your salad!
The strawberry plant is very hardy and can be grown anywhere in the world. It sends out shoots and reproduces itself with ease. The strawberry plant is the ultimate survivor; this makes them easy plants to grow.
Nutritionally, strawberries are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium - always good! They are an excellent source of folate, potassium and Vitamin C. Humans, unlike some animals, cannot manufacture or store Vitamin C so it is important for us to consume it in our food. Oranges aren't the only fruit high in this vitamin! The one downfall is that most of the calories in strawberries are from their sugar content.
Did you know that strawberries fight wrinkles? Yes, they do! Vitamin C is known to keep the collagen in our skin elastic but strawberries also contain ellagic acid which has been shown in studies to enhance collagen repair and prevent inflammation. So double duty in wrinkle prevention!
The strawberry is the colour star of the fruit salad it creates a nice visual impact. Attractive and nutritious the strawberry is a great addition to any fruit salad.
Tropical Fruit Salad Demo
What are your favourite fruits for salad?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Sharon Bellissimo