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Need suggestions for fruit salad for 20 possibly including pomegranite

jshap Mar 31, 2007 12:17 PM

This may seem like a no brainer but I have been given this assignment to bring to a seder Monday night and I am challenged as to amounts and combinations and how to possibly include pomegranite. I would appreciate suggestions. Thanks in advance.

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  1. hotoynoodle RE: jshap Mar 31, 2007 01:08 PM

    pomegranate season is finished. i always think about color when making fruit salads, so kiwi, pineapple, red grapes, blueberries and strawberries. toss with mint and orange juice. easy peasey.

    you could also make skewers for a nicer presentation.

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      AnneInMpls RE: hotoynoodle Apr 8, 2007 07:00 PM

      This is such a great idea!

      I made a rainbow fruit salad today using these fruits - plus oranges for the orange color. (The strawberries weren't very ripe, so I added sugar and a splash of Chambord to the orange juice, then drizzled it over the fruit salad).

      My tiny variation: instead of mixing the fruit together, I placed it carefully in a shallow bowl so the fruit was in "rainbow order." It was beautiful enough for a party, and the combination of fruits was perfect. Thanks for this idea!


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      nemo RE: jshap Mar 31, 2007 02:02 PM

      There are several pomegrante juice drinks available. Perhaps use that to macerate the salad. I'm thinking it might dye lighter colored fruits, but if you did an all red and blue mix it might work -- assuming you're okay with that visually. Strawberries, red raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, black raspberries, watermellon, blood orange segments, cherries, dried cranberries. A big bunch of mint to brighten it. As for amounts, if there are many different sides, a general rule of thumb is 1/4 cup per person. I like to err on the generous side, so I'd probably go with 1/2 to 3/4 cup.

      1. littlegreenpea RE: jshap Mar 31, 2007 02:15 PM

        I really like adding toasted pine nuts to fruit salad, especially with some fresh mint.

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          bigjimbray RE: littlegreenpea Mar 31, 2007 11:02 PM

          Chopped pecans work good in a fruit salad. any kind of nut. cubed melon adds to the
          color and taste. cherries, mango`s different grapes

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            littlegreenpea RE: littlegreenpea Apr 1, 2007 10:18 AM

            Also, wanted to add that basil also goes really well with the toasted pine nuts... especially if there are strawberries in the salad too.

            Chopped pecans sound yummy also... maybe candied?

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            fooddiva RE: jshap Mar 31, 2007 11:19 PM

            strawberries; pineapple; bananas; a little fresh squeezed lemon to keep the bananas from turning. mix with honey. This has always gotten rave reviews when I bring it to potlucks...good luck!

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              bigjimbray RE: fooddiva Apr 1, 2007 01:26 AM

              young lady your making me hungry with that combination, I would like to add some
              fresh peaches and some berries. and then find a corner some where to hide with
              that. sounds great

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              sagestrat RE: jshap Apr 1, 2007 06:46 AM

              I picked up a pomegranate vinegar at Trader Joe's a while back. Would make a great dressing.

              1. Emme RE: jshap Apr 1, 2007 01:34 PM

                I don't mean to be a stick-in-the-mud, but often times those of us w/ food intolerances and/or allergies look to fruit salad as the safe, healthy, convenient, and "unadulterated" option. That said, I'd be wary about adding nuts, herbs, and other extremely fancy touches (unless you know your audience well enough), and stick to really incorporating a variety of great fruits in season. My favorite combos include apples, pears, plum, honeydew, pineapple, grapes, blueberries and blackberries... I add a little lime juice and sweetener of some sort to keep them from turning colors if I'm making ahead of time.

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                  kolgrim RE: Emme Apr 2, 2007 08:43 PM

                  Other than the need to leave out nuts ( i love toasted walnuts), I agree with Emme (thought dietary restrictions of guests always reign supreme). The secret to a good fruit salad is finding good fruit, chopping it up in bite size pieces and throwing it together with a bit of citrus honey dressing ( i use lemon or lime juice, sour orange would also be good). I like apple, pear, cantaloupe, fresh pineapple, bananas, kiwis, blueberries and strawberries. Sometimes i throw toasted (or not) flaked coconut on in addition to the toasted walnuts. Though make sure you aren't cooking for nut allergies. Think about the color palette with what is fresh. Most fruits go well together, though some go better than others.

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                    vickib RE: kolgrim Apr 8, 2007 07:21 PM

                    Also, if it's a Seder, what about a fresh Charoset? There are some fabulous Sephardic ones with lots of dates and other mediterranean fruits.

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