Fruit salads are one of the most enticing snacks the summers have to offer, (you can definitely have it in the winters as well) the refreshing flavors, eye catching colors, and mouthwatering textures definitely make it a must have.
The good thing is these fruits salads can serve as both a quick refreshing snack all alone or have it with a few yummy French toasts to serve as a complete fulfilling and healthy breakfast.
Not only does it taste heavenly good but also has a lot of health benefits providing you with a boost of fibers, vitamins and minerals. It is said that people who have fruits as a daily part of their diet have reduced risks of chronic diseases. Fruits are a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamin C and folic acid etc. they reduce risks of strokes, heart diseases, and certain types of cancers.
Fruit salads are quiet easy to make, however there are a few tips and tricks we would recommend you to follow in order to get the best out of your salad both in taste and appearance.
Tips and Tricks for an Amazing Fruit Salad
All kinds of fruit salads can be put together with minimal efforts, and would provide all sorts of health benefits. However being a bit mindful and following some tricks given directly from the professionals can make your fruit salads more eye catching and taste great for days and stays fresh. Just follow these few simple rules:
Always use ‘In-season’ fruits: visit your nearest farmer’s market and source all sorts of seasonal and fresh fruits to make your salad. Not only do they taste much better and sweeter they also give you a better texture. Off seasoned fruits most of the time taste bland.
Avoid Mushy Fruits: Fruits that are too ripe or can go mushy easily like kiwi etc. should be avoided in the fruit salad as they impact the overall texture of your salad. Either add them to your salad just before consuming or have them whole separately.
Cut into Uniform Pieces: Try to cut your fruits into same one inched pieces not too small that they turn into mush or not too large making it difficult to eat. One inch pieces are the best.
Dressing to improve shelf life: although many would prefer having a fruit salad directly without any sort of dressing to savor its original flavors. However if you wish to improve its shelf life then you can use this easy dressing by combining lime juice and honey. Yumm!
If you are using a few fruits that turn brown quickly, toss them into a bit of citrus juice before mixing them in your salad. This will ensure they don’t turn brown too quickly.
Wash your fruits well to remove any dirt or residue and pat dry them properly before making your salad.
Have at least four to five different fruits of various colors in your fruit salad to make it visually appealing.
Add granulated sugar to soften un-ripened fruits like berries etc.
Fruits like bananas which can turn both brown and mushy should always be added at the end, just before serving.
Quick and Easy Fruit Salad
There are various types and methods of making fruit salads including fresh fruit salads, salads with light dressings like honey lime juice etc. or with heavy dressings like cream, yogurt, nuts etc. to make them more fulfilling. Below is our quick and easy recipe for a delicious bowl of fruit salad with a mild dressing:
|Prep Time: 15 Minutes||Serves: 8 person|
|Mangoes||2-peeled and sliced|
|Strawberries||500 grams – sliced|
|Kiwis||3 – peeled and sliced|
|Grapes||1 cup – halved|
|Pineapple||250 grams – peeled and diced|
Honey – 3 tablespoons
Lime Juice – 1 tablespoon
Pineapple Juice – 1 table spoon
Place all your properly diced and sliced fruits carefully into a mixing bowl and toss them a bit.
Next, mix the honey, lime juice and pineapple juice together in a separate measuring jug and pour this dressing over your fruit salad.
Mix it with help of spatulas very gently or just toss it until well combined.
Your salad is ready to serve.