Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday Recipes: Fruit Salad

It's been getting warmer here in the midwest and living in a bilevel house, heat rises and it gets pretty warm up here. My kitchen is naturally situated upstairs and if I bake, which I love to do, it gets really hot in here. 

I've been thinking about different desserts I can make that don't require baking in the oven, and the first thing I thought of was fruit salad. 

Below is just a sampling of the fruit salad recipes you will find on Old Fashioned Living:

Layered Fruit Salad


2 cups cubed fresh pineapple
1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
2 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
3 medium bananas, sliced
2 oranges, peeled and sectioned
1 cup seedless grapes
1 pint blueberries

2/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. grated orange peel
1/2 tsp. grated lemon peel
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

In a sauce pan, bring to boil all ingredients for sauce except vanilla; simmer 5 minutes. Add vanilla and cool. Meanwhile, in a large clear glass salad bowl, arrange fruit in layers in order listed. Pour sauce over fruit. Cover and refrigerate several hours. 10-12 servings.

Tropical Blueberry Salad

1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups fresh blueberries
2 cups fresh or canned pineapple chunks
1 mango, peeled, pitted and cubed (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 kiwi, peeled, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
In a microwaveable bowl, combine brown sugar, orange juice . Microwave on high 1 minute. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Add vanilla. In a large bowl, combine blueberries, pineapple, mango and kiwi. Stir in sugar-orange juice mixture until blended. This can be served in pretty bowls, or you can top slices of pound cake, angel cake or biscuits with it. Adapted from a North American Blueberry Council recipe.

Cherry Fruit Salad

2 cups fresh sweet cherries, pitted
1 small fresh pineapple, pared and cut into segments
1 orange, peeled and cut up
1/2 small honeydew melon, cut into spears
1/4 cup toasted almond slices

1/2 cup plain yogurt
3 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tsp. orange peel

Arrange fruit on serving dish, sprinkle with almonds. Serve with dressing. Serves 4. Dressing: Combine all but peel, blend until smooth. Sprinkle with orange peel.

Five Fruit Salad

1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup blueberries
1 cup watermelon
1 banana, peeled and sliced
1 peach, pitted and cubed

Pour juice over fruit and refrigerate until cold-overnight is best.Serve in pretty wine goblets or glass bowls. Serves 4.

To see more on Old Fashioned Living:

Summer Fruit Salads
An Elegant Fruit Buffet
Watermelon Recipes
Selecting Summer Fruit

Or our friend's:

1 comment:

  1. AnonymousJune 23, 2009

    You feel cooler just reading those!



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