TIPS ON MAKING 'PROPERLY FRUITY', FRESH FRUIT SALAD

on Wednesday, 20 August 2014.

Cutting up a few fresh fruits and adding to a bowl isn’t ‘rocket science’ but I have noticed that it is rarely prepared well . Making your own is cheaper, healthier, lasts longer and tastes better.

 

1.   Keep a bowl of fresh fruit salad in your fridge as often as possible. Great with cereal, ideal as part of a packed lunch, refreshing after a main meal and might even dissuade you from the biscuit tin!

 

2.   Use your favourite fruits but avoid those which become brown and mushy over a short time like banana and apple unless you intend to eat straight away. 

 

3.    Think even bite sizes.

 

4.    Good together;-

Strawberries, blueberries, oranges, red grapes and passion fruit.

Pineapple, mango, oranges and kiwi.  Add a sprinkling of dessicated coconut before serving,it works.

For special occasions if you are serving as a dessert with crème fraiche or ice-cream, a few Maraschino cherries along with a couple of tablespoons of their syrupy juice will add a little decadence.           (you can buy these from most supermarkets for around £1.65 for 225g.)

 

5. In my mind, no fresh fruit salad is complete without sliced oranges, freshly cut from their skins to add vibrancy and juiciness for the other fruits to marinade in. 

Follow my guide on preparing freshly sliced oranges from their skins and you won’t look back.  It might look like a lot of work but trust me, it is simple. You need only prepare 2 or 3 for a family sized bowl of salad. Use the prepared oranges as a starting point and blend the other fruits as you go, making sure there is a covering of juice over all the fruit.  (If you are short of juice, top up with fresh orange from a carton)

 

 

Large oranges are best for the job.

1  Place the orange on a chopping board and using a sharp knife slice off the top and bottom of the orange to expose the flesh.   

 

 

2  Holding the orange in place with one hand, work around the orange with the knife in the other, carefully removing all of the outer skin to expose orange flesh, no white pith.  Keep the orange skin you have removed to one side.

 

   

 3 It should look like this!

 

4 Carefully work the knife down the side of each exposed orange segment, leaving the skin membrane behind. Squeeze any remaining juice from the skin you have cut off over the freshly sliced oranges . 

 

You now have the ideal base to make mouth watering fresh fruit salad.  Enjoy!

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