7 Fruit Salad Recipes That Are Anything but Ordinary
Whether you're trying to eat healthier or just looking for a quick and easy dish to make for a picnic, barbecue, or party, fruit salad is a great option. This delicious dish of sliced, diced, or chopped fruit is packed with vitamins and antioxidants and can be thrown together in a matter of minutes — just cut some fruit, put it in a bowl, and mix it together, right? Though it's unlikely that anyone will complain about noshing on a big bowl of fresh fruit, there are a number of easy ways to take your basic fruit salad to the next level.
A few small tricks can go a long way in adding both color and flavor to your fruit salad, resulting in a dish that is even more vibrant and delicious. Something as simple as a squeeze of fresh citrus juice (like lemon, lime, grapefruit, or orange) prevents browning in some fruits (like apples or pears) and adds a bright flavor that will help balance out the sweetness of the fruit. Similarly, something as easy as topping your fruit salad with a chiffonade of fresh herbs (like mint, basil, or cilantro) elevates and enhances the dish.
The key to making an extraordinary fruit salad is to think about adding flavors that will complement and balance the sweetness (or sourness) of the fruit you have included. Don't be afraid to use smoky, spicy, salty, or herbaceous flavors in your fruit salad when you’re working with very sweet fruits like berries or melon, and try adding sweetness and spice (like fresh ginger and a homemade simple syrup) when you’re including fruit that can be slightly tart (like pineapple). You will be pleasantly surprised by the results.
Not sure you're ready to head into your kitchen and start experimenting with the ingredients you have on hand? Then why not try one of our favorite fruit salad recipes?
Fruit Salad with Herb Syrup
This delicious fruit salad gets extra flavor from a simple homemade sugar and herb syrup; just boil the sugar and water together for 2 minutes with some fresh herbs and then strain the syrup. After you toss the fruit with the cooled syrup, garnish the fruit salad with fresh herbs for even more flavor.
Grilled Stone Fruit Salad
Pairing fresh sweet fruit like peaches with slightly salty ricotta salata and sweet honey makes for the perfect summertime salad. Grilling the fruit before mixing the salads adds a nice smoky touch to the dish: it’s the perfect dessert for outdoor entertaining.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.