Secrets To Creating The Best Fruit Salads
By Kat Gal
Fruit salads are honestly my most favorite dishes in the world. I can eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and as a snack. I love that I can get creative, play with the colors, get my vitamins in and enjoy some healthy sweetness.
But some people find fruit salads boring. I can’t blame them if they’ve only had the uninteresting fruit cups at fast food restaurants and diners, the ones with way too many cantaloupes, not enough pineapple and one or two grapes (if lucky). Yep, those are boring. Plus, they are usually soaked in sugar-laden syrups!
But fruit salads do not have to be boring. They can actually be exciting, beautiful and overall nutritious dishes.
Here are 9 tricks to create the best fruit salads and never be disappointed by fruit ever again!
1. Buy seasonal fruits: Seasonal fruits will taste better simply because they are usually riper and were likely picked in your area rather than transported through the country in an unripe state. They also allow your body to keep in touch with nature by following the changing seasons around you.
2. Use organic fruits: When buying organic fruits, you don’t have to worry about pesticides and other unwanted chemicals entering your body. Using organic fruit ensures the best health benefits. If you can’t afford organic in everything, use the dirty dozen and clean 15 list.
3. Select fruits at similar levels of ripeness: If you choose fruits based on similar levels of ripeness, you will not have surprises from having some overly mushy pieces mixed with super hard ones or overly sweet flavors mixing with too tart tastes. Ripe fruits are also better for your health; they are easier to digest and are more alkaline.
4. Cut uniform slices or dices: You can slice, dice or scoop your fruits, but when cutting them in similar sizes, it makes the salad easier to eat. It is also more pleasing to the eyes.
5. Use various colors of fruits: Colors are pleasing to the eyes, so it is fun to eat colorful fruit salads. Also, different colors have different meanings in food, so colorful salads allow a greater variety of nutrients to enter your body.
6. Remove pits and stems: You don’t want surprises in your salad and to have to be careful picking out inedible pieces. It is simply easier to eat it this way.
7. Use equal parts of each fruit and mix well: Don’t favor any particular fruit. If you have equal amounts of everything and you mix them well, you will not disappoint anyone by losing out on their favorite piece.
8. Use some citrus: Seasoning with a little citrus zest keeps your fruits salads from turning brown. A little citrus also gives an extra little flavor to pull everything together.
9. Garnish your salad: Garnishing your salad makes it more appealing and more fun. You can use some coconut flakes, goji berries or perhaps hemp seeds for extra health benefits. Or if you are adventurous and looking for a bit of a green flavor, add some herbs like mints or cilantro even. Don’t overdo it: it is only garnish afterall.
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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