Summer fruit salad, as you like it

by sophie on August 15, 2011 · 10 comments

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I hated fruit salad when I was a kid. Hated it. And then I grew up and started to enjoy eating fruit, but strangely the dislike of fruit salad persisted. It’s only in the last few years that I’ve realised the the secret to making fruit salad enjoyable. Only use fruit that you enjoy!  D’uh. I know this sounds obvious but it’s taken me so many years to realise that feel that I should pass the message on in case somebody else hasn’t realised.

For me a fruit salad should never be tainted by the smell of a banana, nor the grind of kiwi seeds. And it should definitely have some of the sweet softness of berries to complement the crisp and fresh. But that’s the beauty of making your own, you can cater to all of your own little iodiosyncracies regarding texture and taste, not to mention saving the planet by buying local and seasonal fruit.

A big batch of fruit salad is an indispensable tool for fitting in your five-a-day. Twenty minutes prep at the weekend and you have instant delectable, flexible fruit to hand for the next four or five days.  A fruit salad will live happily in the fridge for the best part of the week ready to be eaten at a moments notice:

This combination of nectarines, berries and orange zest is how I like my fruit salad in the summer – you can design your own or copy mine.

Recipe for Summer fruit salad of nectarines, berries and cherries

Makes a big batch

3 nectarines
A handful each of cherries, strawberries and raspberries
Zest of 1 orange, plus a squeeze of the juice
2 teaspoons of a clear, floral honey

Wash the fruit. Chop the nectarine into small pieces. Halve and stone the cherries. Trim and slice the strawberries.

Combine the fruit with the honey, orange zest and a good squeeze of orange juice. Leave for at least half an hour before eating for the flavours to get together.


JohannaGGG August 16, 2011 at 04:08

I share your sentiments – I am not a big fan of melon and find that so many fruit salads are packed with melon but I have started eating fruit salad more in summer. I sometimes find it is an easier way to eat the fruit – would definitely gobble up yours – I also find it a great with pineapple and passionfruit.

Paul Groves August 16, 2011 at 17:23

I couldn’t agree more about leaving bananas out, vile smelly things…

sophie August 24, 2011 at 19:58

Absolutely. They should be banned from all work places :-)

kathryn August 18, 2011 at 04:59

I have to admit I’m personally not a fruit salad fan. There’s just something about the mixture that I don’t really like. Although having said that my mum makes a really simple orange and date fruit salad, which is delicious.

Anyway, despite my fruit salad aversion I completely agree with you about it being a good fruit-eating strategy. I have a number of clients who can’t be bothered to eat fruit mid week, but if they can find time to make up a fruit salad on the weekend, then they happily eat away at it. It can also be a good food to have in the fridge to distract from other more energy intensive snacking options.

sophie September 4, 2011 at 16:29

Orange and date fruit salad sounds delicious Kathryn – I do like a bit of dried fruit with fresh for adding sweetness without sugar.

I wonder if there’s just something in the phrase ‘fruit salad’ that smacks of joyless diet food (and horrible fruit combinations)?

Anita August 31, 2011 at 14:35

Does it really stay fresh for 4-5 days? I would have thought the fruits would be a soggy blob…

sophie September 2, 2011 at 13:34

Hi Anita,

This does keep well in the fridge – the raspberries will soften considerably but providing that the rest of the fruit isn’t overripe when made it will keep happily for up to five days

Carolyn September 2, 2011 at 22:52

So agree with you — out of season and unripe melon/canteloupe ruined the idea of fruit salad for me until i started sticking to berries. Will have to try it with nectarines — also a great addition to any fruit salad is mint!!

sophie September 4, 2011 at 16:25

Ah yes, the unripe melon, another reason to avoid bought fruit salads! Definitely try the nectarines – they add a bit of texture amid the berries. And thanks for the mint tip!

Andie September 6, 2011 at 01:23

In life as in fruit salads, to each his own indeed. I don’t like coconuts and avocados, I tend to avoid them in fruit salads but now I know or say, with the help of your post I have come to realize that yes, put the fruits that you want in order to have a fruit salad that you want.

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