How crazy are you about eating fruits? I am nuts about them! Although I do have favorites yet I love all kinds of fruits and a bowl of mixed fresh fruits is enough to make me happy. And my family is right opposite to me. Unlike me, they won’t go and grab an apple or a bunch of grapes from the fridge. The fruits in our house never get eaten until and unless I hand it over to them. And I also have to ensure that they finish it off! For them, eating fruits is like a compulsion to ensure they get a dose of vitamins. There are exceptions though, for instance, when it comes to mango or watermelon. Rest of the fruits have to be kind of force fed.
Coming to this salad, well, it has no ‘recipe’ as such. Get hold of assorted fruits, your favorites, that you wish to have, and drizzle over a simple yet delicious dressing of ginger juice, lime juice mixed with a sweetener of your choice. I sometimes add a couple of spoons of Grand Marnier when serving it to adults for a party. It changes the flavour profile of this simple salad and elevates it to chic. Feel free to add zest of orange or lemon to the dressing if you can get hold of organic ones. For a change in flavor you can also add very finely chopped mint to the dressing. It is terribly hot and humid here and this salad often turns into my lunch coz my appetite has taken a serious beating in this weather. I have no desire for curries as of now. Salads it is!
1 Apple (washed, dried, cored and diced)
5 – 6 Strawberries (hulled, washed, pat dried & halved)
5 – 6 Figs (washed, pat dried & halved)
1 C chopped Papaya
1 Kiwi Fruit
A handful of Black Grapes (halved if they are big) & Pom Arils
For Ginger Lime Dressing
1 – 1½ tsp Ginger juice (add less first and then adjust to taste)
1 tbsp Lime juice (add less first and then adjust to taste)
1½ tbsp Honey or Agave Nectar for vegans (adjust to taste)
Wash, dry and core the apples. Dice them and and add a teaspoon of lemon juice. Give them a good mix and set aside.
Hull, wash and pat dry the strawberries and slice them halves. Set aside in a mixing bowl.
Wash, pat dry the figs and slice them in halves or in quarters if they are large and add them to the bowl.
Peel and dice the kiwi fruit and transfer it to the bowl along with chopped papaya and grapes.
Gently toss the fruits together. (You can chill the fruits in the fridge covered with cling wrap)
In a small bowl, mix together the honey, ginger juice and lime juice and whisk it well. Taste the dressing and adjust it to your taste.
Serve the fruits in individual bowls and scatter pom arils in each bowl along with a drizzle of ginger lime dressing. Serve immediately.
Serves – 3 to 4
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