Fruit Salad With Honey Ginger Lime Dressing
photo by Weiners Mom
- Ready In:
- 1 whole fresh pineapple
- 1 whole fresh cantaloupe
- 1 lb fresh strawberries, hulled
- 4 -5 fresh nectarines
- 1⁄2 pint fresh blackberries
- 1⁄2 pint fresh blueberries
- 6 whole fresh kiwi fruits
- 1⁄2 cup honey
- 1 large lime, juice and zest of
- 1 -2 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
- 1 -2 teaspoon poppy seed
- All fruit should be washed and dried before being ready for the salad.
- Cut skin from pineapple, so no brown spots are left. Cut peeled fruit into quarters lengthwise, cut off core, then dice each quarter into approximate one-inch chunks. Place in large bowl.
- Peel and remove seeds from the cantaloupe, then cut into one-inch cubes. Place in bowl with pineapple.
- Halve or quarter strawberries, depending on size, and add to bowl.
- Slice each nectarine into about 10-12 slices, then gently pull each slice away from pit and add them to the bowl.
- Cut the ends off of kiwi fruits, then insert a small spoon just under peel of each, and slide it around the fruit, just under the peel, until the peel is separated from the fruit. Cut each peeled kiwi in half lengthwise, then each half into four or five slices. Add to the rest of fruit.
- Add blueberries and blackberries to the rest of fruit. Prepare dressing (below).
- In a small bowl (I actually prefer a mason jar to shake the ingredients together in), mix together honey, lime juice and zest, ginger (I use a microplane to grate it fine), and poppy seeds. Whisk well, then pour over fruit and toss gently to coat.
- (You can prepare this salad up to a day ahead of time, but keep the different kinds of fruit separated from each other just until serving, or the colors will bleed. It tastes best at room temperature. The dressing actually tastes better made a day in advance anyway).
- TIPS ON FINDING RIPE FRUIT: For pineapple, the skin should be slightly yellow, firm to the touch but not hard--will give a little. And, when a leaf near the top of the fruit is tugged gently, it should easily remove from the fruit. For cantaloupe, it should be firm but give slightly, a bit yellowish on the rind--those "veins" are a good sign--it means they were left long enough on the ground to ripen properly. And, if you poke a fingernail in the top "dime" spot, you should be able to smell the fruit. If you can't smell anything, it's not ripe. Strawberries should be shiny and fragrant. Nectarines should have a slight give and be fragrant. Blueberries and blackberries should be firm and deeply colored. Kiwi fruit should be firm, but not rock hard--must have a very slight "give".
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This is delicious! Made yesterday for my daughter's first birthday party and everyone loved it... including all the junk food eaters who made faces at the suggestion of eating anything "salad." Beautiful presentation and tasty as well. Subbed some fruits based on what was fresh this time of year, so apples, pears, raspberries added, and no nectarines to be found. Love the dressing and will definitely make this again.<br/>Update: Daughter requested this for her 5th birthday. Yet again just used fresh fruits that were available, but I did sub half agave nectar for the honey and it was still delicious. Might try it with all agave, but didn't want to overpower the light taste of the dressing. Made this for several years now and it's always a hit at large gatherings.
Thank you so much for this recipe. I came looking for some ideas for a baby shower I was going to host for my sister in law. So I found your menu for Devon's shower and this recipe was in it. What a hit!!! Everyone loved, all asked for the ingridients and it was the only dish that ended up empty by the end of the shower (I cooked too much food as always). I can't believe how tasty it is - even a 1-year old girl was eating it. I believe I have a piture of my salad, once3 I download the images I will see if I have a decent one. (the party ended 3 hours ago and I couldn't wait to review your recipe. by the way - very helpful tips!!! thanks again!
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