Fruit salads are the easiest and yummiest side dish to make…in my opinion. It can be tailored to fit your family’s preferences and adds a good amount of nutrients to a meal. Also, fruit salad can be used as a deliciously refreshing snack any time of the year!
Here are my three best tips for making a great fruit salad:
1. Fresh is best!
Summertime means fruit time here. So many fruits are available during the Summer, whether it is through our own garden, the grocery store or the local Farmer’s Market. I try to watch the prices on fruits – when they are lowest is typically when they are in season and freshest! If you can get local fruits from the Farmer’s Market or your own garden, they are even tastier!
Obviously, winters here mean higher fresh fruit prices at the store. You can save a little money and use canned fruit as an alternative for some of the fresh fruits. Even frozen grapes (which we seem to always have at our house!) or pineapple is yummy. I would advise against frozen strawberries, as I always find them to be too mushy once they’ve thawed; that is just my preference, though.
2. Avoid the Dirty Dozen and Stick to the Clean 15.
We’ve all heard of the “Dirty Dozen” when it comes to produce, so I won’t harp on that too much. BUT, staying away from them as much as you can and sticking with the Clean 15, will help increase the benefits of fruit salad to your body. No, it doesn’t increase the amount of nutrients if you eat organic fruits, but it does keep you from ingesting more of the chemicals used to treat them.
3. Get creative with colors!
I LOVE to see how many colors we can get in our fruit salads. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue – practically a rainbow right there! You can also try to get different shades of the same color – red, for example, could be plums, strawberries, raspberries, and watermelon. Trying to incorporate different textures can be fun, too. And be sure to change it up each time you make it.
Of course, all these things are most fun if you have your kids helping you! My girls love to toss the blueberries in or do the stirring to mix all the fruits together. If we have mostly sturdy fruits, we like to put it all in a bowl with a lid and shake to mix. 🙂 Something fun that helps the kids feel like they made it themselves!
If you feel like your salads are a little on the dry side, try adding in a little pineapple juice or mixing a little honey and lemon juice together and pouring it over the fruit. Keeps apples and bananas from browning and gives it some extra juiciness. A little goes a long way, though, with any added liquid…so keep it light!
Please share you favorite combo of fruits for your family’s fruit salad!