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The Ultimate Fruit Salad

The Ultimate Fruit Salad

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Fruit salad is a summertime staple. Period. A sunny summer day without fresh fruit is like a rainy day without an umbrella. Though it’s simple enough to make without a recipe, there are a few tricks that will help you prepare fruit salads that are bright and colorful, with nicely paired fruit combinations and well-balanced flavors.

The following tips will help you select the right fruits, prepare them properly and serve a fruit salad with optimal freshness. It’s what we call “The Ultimate Fruit Salad.”

SEASONAL FRUITS FOR THE WIN

Head to the grocery store or farmers market and pick ripe, in-season fruit for a burst of fresh flavor. Seasonal fruit isn’t just most accessible—it’s most affordable. So you’ll be saving money and letting nature guide your flavor combinations. Double win!

MIX-AND-MATCH COLORS AND TEXTURES

Pair vibrant-hued fruits like strawberries and blueberries with subtle-colored fruits like bananas for a fun salad bright with contrast and flavor. The same goes for texture—pair crunchy fruits like apples and grapes with softer fruit like peaches.

RIPENESS FACTOR

When selecting fruits for salad, choose fruits of equal ripeness. This will ensure each bite delivers an equal amount of flavor. Very ripe fruits tend to be overly sweet and soft, while unripe fruits will be firm, crunchy or tart. These flavors work best when paired with similar textures and levels of sweetness.

PREPPING YOUR FRUITY FEAST

Make sure to rinse all fruit under cool running water first. Remove all pits, stems and seeds, and if necessary, peel the skin from the fruit. Prepare slices of citrus by removing the outer membrane from each slice— here’s how. Citrus membranes can be chewy and bitter. Serving orange and grapefruit slices without the membrane allows the sweetness of the fruit to take center stage.

THE PERFECT BALANCE

Cut the fruit into similar-size pieces, and don’t overwhelm your salad with one type of fruit. Aim for the same amount of each type fruit for a good mix of flavors.

KEEP IT FRESH

Toss the fruit salad with lemon or lime juice to keep the fruit from oxidizing, or flat-out turning brown or funky on you, depending on the fruit. Add a touch of sugar for some extra sweetness, if desired, and serve at room temperature or slightly chilled.

ULTIMATE FRUIT SALAD COMBOS

Looking for a few tried-and-true fruit salad combos? Here are seven great standbys. Just slice, dice, toss, and serve!

  • Tropical Hula—Pineapple, Kiwi, Starfruit, Mango, Red/Pink Grapefruit
  • Citrus Zest—Yellow/White Grapefruit, Orange
  • Melon Mint—Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Fresh Mint, Lime Juice, Honey
  • Ruby Red—Watermelon, Strawberries, Pomegranate Seeds, Red Grapes, Red/Pink Grapefruit
  • Georgia Peach—Peaches, Plums or Cherries, Raspberries, Basil, Lemon Juice
  • Rainbow Berry—Strawberries, Oranges, Pineapple, Kiwi, Blueberries, Purple/Red Grapes
  • Apple Crisp—Apples, Red Grapes, Green Grapes, Peaches, Pomegranate Seeds

EXPERT TIPS

  • HERB IT UP. Want to jazz up the flavor of a fruit salad even more? Add fresh mint, as this herb pairs well with fruit. Basil, lemon basil, cilantro, fennel and tarragon also pair nicely with fruit.
  • ADD SUGAR TO RIPEN. A small sprinkle of sugar will soften and add flavor to unripened fruit. Add sugar no more than 15 minutes before serving time, as it can draw the water out of the fruit, leaving a puddle of soggy fruits drowning in juice.
  • SIMPLE STORAGE SOLUTION. Store any extra fruit salad in the fridge using a covered bowl from the Pyrex® 8-Pc Sculptured Mixing Bowl Set. With glass storage containers, it’s so easy to see what leftovers you have. Enjoy your fruit salad on yogurt in the morning, as a midday snack or any time you need a fresh, healthy pick-me-up!

WHAT’S YOUR ULTIMATE FRUIT SALAD? Share your favorite fruits salad combination, or your easy recipe!