Honey Lime Fruit Salad
Spring has finally arrived! Yes, you can take off your winter coat and replace it with a lightweight jacket because it’s that time of year. Beautiful flowers, cool breezes, and April showers are soon to be among us. With the incredible treasures that follow Spring, come a not-so-great part of the season; pollen. Yes, the icky green powdery stuff that requires you to wash your car twice a week is finally here. Stay strong and fight the runny nose and sore throat, because it’s worth it. All the pollen that is driving you crazy actually has a purpose, believe it or not. As much as you may hate pollen, without it, we would have much less ingredients to work with in the kitchen, specifically fruits and vegetables! Spring is the best time of year for (most) fruits to be eaten, because they are in season. Sure, you can get your basic produce pretty much year-round with a few exceptions. However, springtime fruits and veggies are different. Spring is the time of year when the fruit is naturally ripening. Basically, instead of using artificial chemicals to ripen the fruit, spring does it naturally, resulting in delicious, juicy, and sweet fruit. In honor of the beautiful spring season, we’ve chosen a fruit salad recipe with an added twist that is incredibly easy to make, and absolutely delicious. All of the ingredients you need to make this recipe can be delivered in minutes! Click here to order from Max Delivery!
- 1 lb. of fresh strawberries
- 1 lb. of fresh pineapple
- 12 oz. fresh blueberries
- 12 oz. red grapes
- 4 kiwis
- 1 15 oz. can of mandarin oranges in juice
- 2 bananas
- ¼ cup of honey
- 1 tbsp. of lime juice
- 2 tsp. of lime zest (2 limes, zested)
This recipe isn’t quite as easy as it looks. It’s very simple, but it takes some preparation time. To begin, wash the strawberries thoroughly under cool water. Make sure they are dry before you continue. Cut the green leafy part of the strawberries off. Next, cut the strawberries into quarters. Once you cut the leafy part off, they should stand up easily with the point facing up. Slice down the point and cut the strawberry into four quarters. Do this with each strawberry. Often, strawberries are deformed and don’t follow the traditional cone shape. If you happen to get any of these strawberries, just cut them in the same fashion. You may need to cut it more or less, depending on the size of the strawberry, as consistency is key. Set the strawberries into a large bowl that will be able to hold all the fruit. Then, for the pineapple, be sure to use a fresh pineapple. MaxDelivery offers wonderful fresh pineapples or pineapples that have already been cut. Either of these will work fine, but be sure to avoid dried or canned pineapple. Cut the pineapple into chunks that are about the same size as the strawberries. Place the pineapple chunks in the same bowl as the strawberries. The blueberries are easy, simply wash them with cold water and add them into the bowl along with the strawberries and pineapple. Next, remove the grapes from the vine and wash them with cold water. Dry the grapes and cut each one in half. Add the halved grapes into the bowl with the other fruit. Kiwis can be a bit tricky. Cut each end of the kiwi off and then peel the remaining skin with a knife. Slice the kiwi into circles, and cut each circle into 3 pieces. This should leave you with kiwi chunks that are roughly the same size as the rest of the fruit. Add the kiwi into the bowl of fruit. Open the mandarin oranges and drain the juice. Cut each mandarin orange in half and add them into the bowl also. Finally, peel the bananas and cut them into circles also, then cut each circle in half. Be sure to remove any bruises that the banana may have with a knife. Add the sliced banana to the bowl of fruit.
Then, in a small bowl, stir together the honey, lime, and lime zest. Pour the honey lime dressing over the fruit before serving. Make sure you do not stir the fruit, as doing so may bruise or smash the fruit. Instead, toss it in the bowl. If you need to, you can use a spoon or other utensil to evenly coat the fruit salad with your homemade dressing, just make sure you aren’t too rough on the fruit!
Tricks and Tips:
- A sharp knife is key. It makes all the difference and can save you a lot of time. Also, the fruit will be clean cut which is more visually appealing.
- Don’t skip washing the fruit! 10-15 seconds under cold water should be enough to wash the fruit, but you can certainly tell the difference.