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Does banana belong in fruit salad?

I'm making a fruit salad to take to a BBQ tonight, and I'm not sure what I'm going to put in it.

I'm starting with mangoes. I bought a case of really sweet ones so I can use as much of those as I need. Maybe 2 or 3. I'll also add blueberries and small red grapes. I'm thinking of a few plumcots, a nice rich purply red color, and maybe a sliced kiwi. Then I might squeeze half a lime over it and call it a day.

But what else belongs in a simple, fairly traditional fruit salad? Orange, apple, banana? Does the banana become unappetizing if the salad sits for an hour or two. (It's just-ripe, not overripe.)

Any advice? Opinions?

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  1. Personally, I don't like apples, oranges or bananas in fruit salad. I'd stick with your mango, blueberries, red grapes and kiwi and eliminate the plumcots (I think they get squishy). Lime is nice...you can also chop some mint for garnish. Have fun.

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    1. re: susan1353

      I agree, susan. Definitely add some mint and also some watermelon and/or cantalope would be nice.

      1. re: lynnlato

        Mint and fresh ginger are really good in a fruit salad. The ginger is subtle but really perks it up a bit.

        i made a big fruit salad a couple of years ago when helping to cater a post wedding day brunch. On a whim I added blueberries. There were many exclamations over the blueberries...people loved it and thought the blueberries were novel for some reason I could not figure out.

    2. I personally dont think banand does (beither does plums) ..Banana gets soggy and mushy and pretty much takes the flavor of the entire salad.

      I would include:

      strawberries
      cantelope
      honeydew
      grapes
      starfruit
      blueberries
      raspberries
      pieeapple

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      1. re: kcijones001

        Thanks, everyone. I do agree about the plums now that I think about it.

        The honeydew, strawberries, and pineapple are calling to me because they would add some new colors to the salad. And there is plenty of mint in the garden . . .

      2. jfood is very basic. Any fruit that is sweet and ripe you can place in front of him, he will eat.

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        1. re: jfood

          It's one thing to enjoy all fruit, but not all fruit will sit well in a salad, mingling w/ other sliced fruit & juices for an hour or two or more. Bananas get slimy and brown no matter how much citrus you toss in. Plums don't hold up all that well either.

          But I'm with you on eating it.

        2. Banana is good in salad if it is eaten immediately. If the salad is going to sit for awhile then I will pass banana as it will turn black quickly and make the salad looks unappetizing.

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          1. re: kobetobiko

            Yep...especially with other fruits that have acids/enzymes, like the kiwi...the banana would be mush and break down...bananas are a GREAT nutritious food but sadly don't "play nicely with other fruits" it seems, though they are awesome mixed with fresh strawberries....I love that in the morning and then mixed with Fage Greek yogurt.

          2. I like to make a dressing for my fruit salad--lemon juice and honey mixed together. Helps to keep the fruit looking fresh and is light enough that it doesn't change the flavor of the fruit, just gives it that pop!

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            1. re: Produce Addict

              I put orange juice, lime juice and mint on my fruit salad. Cut the grapes in half lengthwise, they are easier to eat.

              Put the banana in at the very last, if you put it in at all. It does not hold up very well.