On The Menu: Fruit Salad
The classic fruit salad is a great addition to any picnic or cookout. A blend of ripe seasonal fruits is a sweet and nutritional way to accent a meal. Try these tips for making a perfect summer fruit salad.
Fruit salad tips
Use seasonal fruits: For the best fruit flavors, look for fruit that is in season. With the wealth of seasonal fruits available in summer, building a tasty salad is a snap. Save the apples for autumn, when their flavor is the best. Peaches, pears, melons, pineapple, mangoes, kiwis, and berries are best in the summer months.
Pay attention to ripeness: Look for fruits that are of a similar ripeness. Ripe fruit makes the sweetest salads. And putting fruits together that are at an even ripeness creates the best flavor and texture combinations.
Choose a rainbow of colors: Combine fruits that have contrasting colors to create a striking salad. Combine kiwis with strawberries, and peaches with blackberries. Pair tropical and exotic fruits with local seasonal fruit for a true rainbow of fruit colors and flavors.
Create a balance: Choose even quantities of each fruit when building a salad. Too much of one fruit will dominate the flavor of the salad.
Prep makes perfect: It may be convenient to prepare fruit salad in advance, but for the best flavor wait until the last minute before putting everything together. Remember to remove any seeds, pits, stems, and inedible skins. Cut the fruit into similar sizes to make each fork-full as flavorful as possible. Add the most delicate fruit, like raspberries, just before serving. To keep bananas or other fruit from turning brown, toss them with a bit of lemon or lime juice before adding to the salad.
Try agua fresca
Want the sweet flavors of fruits without the salad? Try an agua fresca. A combination of fruits, flowers, sugars, and water, an agua fresca (meaning fresh water) is the perfect refreshing beverage on a hot summer day.
An agua fresca can be as simple as taking your fruit of choice and throwing it into a blender, minus any seeds or skin. Puree the fruit, dilute with water in a pitcher and sweeten to taste. For a fibrous fruit like pineapple or mango, strain the puree if desired, but we kind of like the froth and extra flavor it gives.