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Fall Fruit Salads

 

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When was the last time you had a fruit salad?  Maybe I’ve been listening to The Wiggles “Fruit Salad” song a hundred times too many, but nobody seems to make fruit salad anymore – except on kids TV.  We still serve fruit, but it’s just a bowl of grapes or cut up melon – nothing more.   How lonely.  Somehow, when you combine sweet strawberries, plump peaches, tart blueberries, cherries and watermelon, you’ve got a colorful ending to a delicious Shabbat meal.  Unlike the leftover babka that mercilessly tempts me and my preferred dress size, I feel great about grabbing a guilt-free bowl of leftover sliced and diced fruit sitting in the fridge.

With the winter cold season knocking on the door, I love the idea of boosting my family’s immune system.  A variety of fruits are loaded with vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids and more antioxidants that will improve your body’s fight against a cold. They are also full of fiber ans surprisingly full of water (80%), both make them the perfect nutrient dense food for anyone.  They give your body energy, fluid and they keep you full.

But no one is getting enough fruit in their diet.  So I say, bring back the fruit salad! But dress it up a little so it is an enticing dessert that you can enjoy all week.  Combining seasonal fruits with fresh herbs and low alcohol dessert wine or citrus juices and a little honey totally transforms the dish and gets everyone excited about fruit again.  True confession: when I first tested these fruit salad recipes I thought, no one is going to eat this but me and maybe I could get hubby on board since he only eats fruit if it is cut up for him, but to my amazement I found myself fighting with my kids for the last bite…They won!

So here are my three takes on fruit salad.

Pine-Apple Fruit Salad

Israeli Fruit Salad

Asian Pear Salad

How do you like to mix your fruit up?

 

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD

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Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate! Find more on Google

 

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3 Responses to Fall Fruit Salads

  1. I love fruit salad and usually serve it as dessert if we had a heavy meal. I always make it for Shavuot and this is what I do:

    pineapple chunks
    mandarin oranges
    halved green grapes
    sliced bananas
    maraschino cherries
    diced unpeeled apples
    grated coconut
    walnut or pecan halves

    Dressing:
    4 oz. cream cheese
    2 TB sour cream
    2 cups cool whip

    Blend and mix with fruit.

  2. My mother made fruit salad for any celebration. Always rave reviews. Depending upon the season the ingredients would change. I try to make fruit salads too but not as often as my mom did.

    Frozen unsweetened strawberries-always
    Blueberries,
    Canned pineapple in natural juice
    Grapes-sliced in half
    Grapefruit segments
    Orange segments
    Tangerine segments-if in season
    Kiwi
    Maraschino cherries
    Sometimes Mandarin oranges-drained
    Peaches sliced
    Plums-sliced
    Apricots-fresh sliced or if canned drain & rinse off sugar
    Fresh melon balls
    Pears sliced if in season

    Combine & chill

  3. I had a great fruit salad over Rosh Hashana – sent over by a neighbor. A container of frozen strawberries and fresh grapes, apples and plums, mixed together with a container of Pareve Whip poured over the top. The whip gave it an extra zing.

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