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Fruit salad. Yummy, yummy!
If you’re the parent of a toddler, you probably get the fruit salad reference.
If you’re not the parent of a toddler, you should be glad you don’t get the reference. It’s from a song by The Wiggles. Some days, Grace wants that song on repeat the whole way to school.
I’m always glad it’s a short drive to school, but on those days, I’m especially thankful.
In my quest to get 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, I’ve been eating a lot of crudites with balsamic vinegar dressing for dipping. So delicious.
We’ve also been making a lot of fruit salads. I have a beautiful glass trifle bowl, and we cut the fruit up and layer it in the bowl for a nice presentation.
The recipe for this fruit salad is almost a non-recipe, but here it goes:
- ½ of a cantaloupe, cut into cubes
- ½ Granny Smith apple
- ½ sweet red apple
- Lemon juice, lemon-lime pop, or orange juice
- 1 jar of mandarin oranges , well drained
- A bunch of purple grapes
- Assorted other fruit to your liking. We love to add different kinds of melon, whatever we can find at the grocery store. Joe often adds bananas, but I don’t like to because they don’t hold up well with all of the other fruit. Strawberries or blueberries add some color. Kiwi and pineapple add a tartness. Peaches are wonderful when they’re in season. Are you getting the idea? You can add as much or as little as you like.
- A couple of handfuls of walnuts, almonds, or pecans
- A couple of handfuls of marshmallows
- 2 cups of vanilla-flavored yogurt
- Granola – our favorite is Bear Naked Fit Vanilla Almond Crunch, but you can choose whatever you like
- Core and chop the apple. Toss the chopped apple in a tablespoon or two of lemon juice or lemon-lime pop. If you’re in a pinch, orange juice will work, too.
- Add the rest of the fruit, the nuts, and the marshmallows, one kind at a time, keeping it in even layers.
- When you get to the top, spoon yogurt over the whole thing. It will fall down into the crannies and crevices, and it will be beautiful.
- To serve, put the granola in a bowl next to the fruit salad and let everyone add granola to their liking. I personally like a lot of crunch, but Joe likes just a little bit. Plus, if you add the granola too soon, it will get soggy.
Photo by April Zosia
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