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Minty Fruit Salad

Mint Leaf for Minty Fruit Salad

Peppermint has a long history as a symbol of hospitality, so naturally the herb, and its extract, often find a place in festive dishes. Minty Fruit Salad is no exception.

Ingredients

2 cups cubed honeydew melon
2 cups halved unsweetened strawberries
1 cup sliced banana
1-cup grapefruit segments
1 cup sliced halved peeled kiwifruit
1 cup mandarin oranges
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract

Directions

In a large bowl, combine the honeydew melon, strawberries, banana, grapefruit, kiwifruit and mandarin oranges.

In a separate small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour over fruit and gently stir to coat.

Cover and refrigerate for at least three hours.

Diabetic Exchanges: Two fruit

Nutrition Information

Recipe makes 8 servings.

Peppermint Nibbles

Of the 30 species of mint, peppermint is the most pungent and along with milder spearmint, the most widely available. Fresh peppermint (look for bunches with no signs of wilting) is available year-round; use it to add bursts of mint flavor to a dish or as a garnish.

Peppermint extract (pure) is a highly concentrated form of the plant's essential oils. Because extracts are so potent, a little goes a long way; start with a small amount, stir it in and taste.

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