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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Fruit (in Cheesecake) Salad - this could make you skip dessert...



At first blush, you’ll think this post is to see if you’re really awake out there(?!)  Yes, it’s for real, and yes - it’s delicious.  Almost too delicious to be a salad - more like a light dessert.  If you’ve run out of new recipes to bring to a potluck or family gathering, give this one a chance.  It’s sure to raise some eyebrows...


It would be easy to discount this as just another salad from the photos.  Something so creamy can certainly hide a lot of gorgeous fruit.  But if you look really close you can see it shining through - just be sure to serve it in a pretty glass bowl to show it off properly.

One good thing is how easy it is to transform this to an entirely different flavor by changing the combination of fruit you use.  Just about any fruit works well - so don’t set this aside in the dead of winter - use frozen instead.  

Since it makes such a large salad, I originally opted not to use any fruit that would brown quickly.  I really wanted to use fresh nectarines and bananas - but since I made this for just a few of us, it was important that the fruit not deteriorate too fast.  When I take this to a large gathering (where it will be devoured in no time), I plan to change to those short-life-span fruits.

A few days after making this (when just three of us showed up for Sunday dinner...) I decided to add those nectarines and bananas.  It was a brand new salad and even more delicious...  

It would probably be fairly simple to halve this recipe - you can always use half of a container of cool-whip and strawberry yogurt, right?   Be sure to save a few of the best pieces of fruit for a garnish atop your salad. 

On the two food sites where I located this salad (ohsweetbasil, and itsdinnertime) they went to great lengths to make you feel better about serving something so decadent under the disguise of a humble fruit salad.  (I'm a little more direct - hence the title above...)  Thanks to both for a great recipe...  

For my adaptation along with the step-by-step recipe/photos - go to:


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