Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Fresh fruit has been tempting ever since the Garden of Eden - and putting so much of it in one little bowl makes this irresistible as well. A summery mix of fresh fruit takes on an entirely different blend of flavors with the addition of Mint Lime Dressing. Delicious as a salad, and wonderful as dessert.
When I’m looking for one more item to make a meal complete, I usually settle on fruit. This summer I’ve had a lot of salads that are tossed in a bowl and ladled onto a serving plate. But I was looking for something that looked like I went to a little more effort.
I shouldn’t be surprised at the amazing selection of fruit available right now - it is July. Once I decided on melon, the strawberries drew me in. And then the fresh pineapple looked great, not to mention the blueberries. I thought while I was on a roll, I would complete my color wheel and add some kiwi and bright oranges.
A long time ago I found these individual trifle bowls. I can’t count how many times they have come in handy. When I bought them I felt guilty because it seemed ‘impractical’ at the time. But we’re good friends now.
I started the night before by doing all the prep work. Some of my favorite fruits require some (knife)work to bring out their natural beauty. Once it’s done, I can use fresh cut fruit for more than these trifles - often for several days (and meals).
All it needed now was a very subtle dressing. I usually use the standard poppy seeds and nuts, but I was looking for something that would bring out the flavor of the fruit - not hide it. I was lucky to find this recipe on ivillagefood.com.
I plan on using this one again. I had a tough time finding fresh mint leaves - every package I found was really sub-standard. (I guess mint is going in my next-years's garden...)
I decided to try reviving it by letting it sit in a wet paper towel overnight - and I was surprised at how it resurrected.
Even if you don’t think you like fresh mint - you owe it to yourself to try this dressing. One word = yum.
For directions, the recipe for the dressing, and some hints & tricks for cutting/slicing fresh fruits - go to: