Fruit salad is one of those dishes you don’t really need a recipe for. So why am I writing this, you ask? Because sometimes we can get stumped for inspiration. We all need a little help getting out of a rut sometimes, right?
This dish is great for those on a budget, who need to make every food purchase stretch as far as possible. Why? Because it works great to finish up little bits of fruits that, by themselves, wouldn’t be enough to feed your family for dinner – but combined, they’re enough for everyone, sometimes even with leftovers! Something from what seems like practically nothing? That’s frugal.
What you need:
This recipe doesn’t really have a definitive ingredient list. Here’s what you do: gather together any fresh fruit in your house. I especially like to use up bits and pieces of fruit that aren’t sufficient to serve as a side by themselves. So if you have a leftover pear, a small bowl of grapes, and an apple, you have the makings of a tasty fruit salad. Here are some good choices:
- apples, cut in chunks
- pears, cut in chunks
- clementines, sectioned
- oranges, peeled and cut in chunks
- grapes (seedless)
- bananas, sliced (I serve a bowl of banana slices on the side, because leftovers happen…and leftover bananas are extremely unappealing)
- mango, peeled and cut in chunks
- pineapple, cut in chunks
- melon, cut in chunks
- berries (cut if large)
- kiwi, peeled and cut in chunks
- dried fruits: raisins, craisins, chopped apricots, dried cherries (optional, in a separate bowl)
- nuts, broken in pieces: walnuts and pecans are good (optional, in a separate bowl)
- orange juice, just a splash to prevent cut fruit from browning
- cutting board and sharp knife
- vegetable peeler, if desired
- medium bowl and spoon
- smaller bowls for add-ins
Time: Less than ten minutes.
Serves: Depends on how much fruit you add!
Multiplying the recipe: Certainly, just add more fruit!
In a bowl, combine the fruits. Serve banana slices in a separate bowl. Add a splash of orange juice to the mixed fruits and toss to coat. Serve with bowls of dried fruits and nuts, if desired.