With summer getting closer every day, I’m starting to look forward to fruit salad season. As much as I enjoy individual fruits, I love them even more when their flavors come together in a salad. Even if I only have three or four types of fresh fruit on hand, I like to chop them up and mix them together so I can enjoy them with my lunch and my kids can get a bright burst in their lunchboxes.
Fruit salad can go in so many different directions, but here are five principles I keep in mind when making one.
- Take the time to chop the fruit into small pieces. That way, you can get more flavors in each forkful.
- Keep the peels on the apples for extra vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber.
- Pay attention to the dirty dozen list to help you decide when to spend the extra money on organic produce. (If you can afford it, organic is best.)
- Include several different colors. This will help the fruit salad look and taste better.
- Add a little orange juice to keep the apples from browning.
Here’s a simple fruit salad recipe that we’ll be enjoying at a large family gathering this weekend. Of course, you can use any fruit you like, but I use mostly firm fruit so it doesn’t turn into a mushy mess.
Store-bought fruit salad never tastes good to me, and the fruit is typically cut into giant chunks. Take a few minutes to make your own, and you’ll enjoy it much more.
Fruit Salad Price Breakdown
This recipe yields 18 cups of fruit salad (24 servings of ¾ cup each) and the total cost is $14.04, or $.59 per serving. Make this easy recipe for your next barbecue and everyone will be sure to have a little something healthy on their plate.