The varieties of fruits consumed are numerous, and their uses important. They are chiefly valuable for their sugar, acids, and salts, and are cooling, refreshing, and stimulating. They act as a tonic, and assist in purifying the blood. Many contain a jelly like substance, called pectin, and several contain starch, which during the ripening process is converted into glucose.
Bananas, dates, figs, prunes, and grapes, owing to their large amount of sugar, are the most nutritious. Melons, oranges, lemons, and grapes contain the largest amount of water. Apples, lemons, and oranges are valuable for their potash salts, and oranges and lemons especially valuable for their citric acid.
It is of importance to those who are obliged to exclude much sugar from their dietary, to know that plums, peaches, apricots, and raspberries have less sugar than other fruits; apples, sweet cherries, grapes, and pears contain the largest amount. Apples are obtainable nearly all the year, and on account of their variety, cheapness, and abundance, are termed queen of fruits.
Summer is probably the best time of year for a serving of a nice, fresh and cool fruit salad, but fruit salads can, and should be, eaten all year long. A bonus with fruit salads is that kids usually love them and will eat them without told to for their health.
Fruit salad is abundant in nutrients and in color and texture, making them appealing to all. Many of the recipes following will travel well to family picnics and cookouts. This nice collection of varied and healthy fruit salad recipes are also great for snacks or desserts.
Our collection of healthy fruit salad recipes!
- Kiwi-Strawberry Fruit Salad
- Tropical Rainbow Fruit Salad
- Hawaiian Fruit Salad
- Mom's Fruit Salad
- Fresh Fruit Bowl Salad
- Ambrosia Fruit Salad
- Cabbage Fruit Salad
- Minted Melon Salad
- Frozen Fruit Salad One
- Frozen Fruit Salad Two
- Spiced Peach Salad
- Favorite Fruit Salad
- Fresh Fruit Salad
- Layered Fruit Salad One
- Layered Fruit Salad Two
- Macedoine of Seasonal Fruits
- Cinnamon Fruit Salad
- Creamy Fruit Salad
- Papaya Boats Fruit Salad
- Jeweled Fruit Salad
- Green Fruit Salad
- Minty Fruit Salad
- Rose Petal Fruit Salad
- Thai Cucumber Salad
- Honeydew and Cucumber Salad
- Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad
- Orange Cream Fruit Salad
- Prawn, Avocado and Mango Salad
- Fruit Salad with Champagne Sauce
- Spicy Fruit Salad
- Strawberry Spinach Salad
- Autumn Fruit Cup Salads
- Fruited Gelatin Salad
- Rainbow Fruit Salad
- Honey-Yogurt Fruit & and Fluffy Fruit Salad
- Winter Fruit Compotes
Sweeten your fruit salad. Try a honey-lime dressing. Simply combine 1/3 cup honey, 1 teaspoon fresh lime zest and 1/4-cup fresh lime juice in a blender container. With the motor running, slowly pour in 3/4 cup salad oil. Blend until thick.
Trimming Tip: Use as many different colored fruits as you can for the most nutritional bang from your fruits. Each color has its own special nutrient properties...
Chef's Tip: Cream won't curdle when poured over fruits if you add a pinch of baking soda with the cream before serving.
Tasty Tip: Add nuts to your fruit salad for a more satisfying snack.
Sweeten up a Fruit Salad. Add some natural sweetness to your fruit salad by stirring in a teaspoon of honey before serving. To add a sweet tang to ordinary fruit salad, sprinkle in powdered lemonade mix to taste.
Ripen your fruit. To ripen fruits, wrap them in newspaper and put in a warm place fo 2 to 3 days. Ripe fruit is the tastiest in fruit salads.
For a sparkling dressing to pour over your next fruit salad mix one-quarter cup orange juice with 1 teaspoon lime juice, one-quarter teaspoon lime zest and 2 teaspoons chopped fresh mint leaves.
Tasty Tip: If you wish to sweeten your fruit salad, try a honey-lime dressing. Simply combine 1/3 cup honey, 1 teaspoon fresh lime zest and 1/4-cup fresh lime juice in a blender container. With the motor running, slowly pour in 3/4 cup salad oil. Blend until thick.
When making fresh fruit salads, mix in some frozen seedless grapes just before serving. Everyone will comment on this clever, cool addition.
Fresh Fruit Topping. For a fresh fruit topping with an intriguingly delicious flavor, whip Ricotta cheese with sugar and a hint of vanilla extract. Serve on top of sliced berries, cantaloupe and honeydew melon or your own combination of mixed fruit.
Wholesome Fruit Salad Crackers
6 ounces *cream cheese, room temperature
4 ounces vanilla yogurt
24 whole graham crackers (plain or chocolate)
Fresh fruits of your choice: raspberries, kiwifruit, mandarin oranges, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, mangoes, grapes, etc.
In bowl, mix cream cheese with vanilla yogurt until smooth, and then spread to one-quarter inch thickness on graham crackers. Decorate cracker with berries, grapes and other fruits in a pattern. Recipe makes 8 to 10 servings.
*Use non-fat or reduced-fat cream cheese to reduce fat and calories.
Did You Know?
According to a study from the University College London, you can slash your annual risk of death by eating at least seven fruit and vegetable servings daily.
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