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.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
Grilled Stone Fruit Salad
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.