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Do you ever dress a fruit salad?

tweetie Jul 19, 2008 12:43 PM

and if so, with what? I always let nature do her thing but just got to wondering. Party tomorrow.

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  1. woodburner RE: tweetie Jul 19, 2008 12:55 PM

    I took a BBQ class at the CIA and, oddly, they had us make a fruit salad and all sorts of sides, not just focus on the BBQ. Anyway, the fruit salad was straightforward, but it called for a simple syrup with rose water -- maybe dissolve a tablespoon or so of sugar in 8 oz of rosewater, then chill. drizzle over the fruit salad before serving. It was a really, really good touch.

    1. woodburner RE: tweetie Jul 19, 2008 12:57 PM

      Fruit salad in question...

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        tmso RE: woodburner Jul 20, 2008 02:37 AM

        I'd go for honey and white wine.

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          tweetie RE: woodburner Jul 20, 2008 07:39 AM

          OOO! So lovely! Thanks.

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          dexters RE: tweetie Jul 19, 2008 01:18 PM

          A little mint, lime juice, lime zest and a modest squeeze of honey. It makes fruit sing!

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            cyberroo RE: tweetie Jul 19, 2008 01:18 PM

            Depending on the fruit, I like to dress a fruit salad with a mint sugar - just sugar and fresh mint whizzed together until homogenous. It's really good with stone fruit, strawberries, etc. The mint just makes it seem like more than just fruit in a bowl.

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              sugarbuzz RE: tweetie Jul 19, 2008 08:19 PM

              yuzu or lemon juice, sugar, & finely chopped thai basil

              1. sarah galvin RE: tweetie Jul 19, 2008 08:35 PM

                I like to drizzle strawberries with a little balsamic vinegar, mixed berries with kirsch.

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                  desantmj RE: tweetie Jul 19, 2008 11:30 PM

                  honey and lemon juice

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                    Fuser RE: tweetie Jul 20, 2008 01:02 AM

                    I dressed a grilled pineapple/apricot salad with a dressing made with honey, orange juice, grated ginger and mint. It was really quite lovey.

                    1. coll RE: tweetie Jul 20, 2008 04:53 AM

                      Amaretto is nice.

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                        Diane in Bexley RE: tweetie Jul 20, 2008 07:26 AM

                        When I was much younger, my mother would make fruit salad in the summer with melon, strawberries, blueberries, etc. and drizzle some Drambuie (Scotch liqueur) over it. It had a double effect, everyone devoured the fruit salad and all the kids went straight to sleep afterward (which might have been the real ulterior motive - LOL!). Liqueur is always good, amaretto, apricot, etc. would all taste yummy.

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                          tweetie RE: Diane in Bexley Jul 20, 2008 07:41 AM

                          There will be several children in attendance so I'm really liking the fruit salad sedation approach.......ssshh, my little secret.

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                            Vetter RE: Diane in Bexley Jul 25, 2008 07:45 PM

                            Oh, frangelico on peaches makes me so happy!

                          2. gatorfoodie RE: tweetie Jul 20, 2008 09:30 AM

                            I like to toss melon with honey, mint, and grated ginger for a little zing. Very bright flavors.

                            1. soypower RE: tweetie Jul 20, 2008 09:57 AM

                              cinnamon and lemon juice

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                                k1231m RE: soypower Jul 25, 2008 07:54 AM

                                Try plain yogurt with honey to taste, add some cinnamon pour over any fruit salad. For a really refreshing taste add thinly sliced mint into fruit salad first. This is a hit everytime I serve it, even non fruit eaters.

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                                Ali RE: tweetie Jul 25, 2008 08:06 AM

                                Mint, honey, a little lemon/lime zest, a dash (or 5) of white wine (or juice from the lemon/lime if I've got no wine open) - my fruit salad is always melons with berries so this combo works great

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                                  City Kid RE: Ali Jul 25, 2008 10:07 AM

                                  limoncello liquer is my favorite - works well with most fruits!

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                                  soupkitten RE: tweetie Jul 25, 2008 10:17 AM

                                  rosewater or orange flower water with mint

                                  lq dressing- dark rum & mint (mojito), amaretto, franjelico, grand mariner, cognac, brandy, cherry lq

                                  honey, vanilla yogurt w honey

                                  citrus juice w a little cayenne

                                  it's cool to grill fruits for fruit salad (good to do with kinda unremarkable/not ripe fruit, esp stone fruit like nectarines & peaches), let cool slightly, then top with a dollop of organic sour cream flavored with brown sugar. the same old-fashioned dressing works on non-grilled fruit. it's really good.

                                  strawberries and tomatoes (do you consider them a fruit or not?) are both good drizzled with balsamic & pepper.

                                  folks used to top their fruit with fresh cream and a sprinkle of sugar. i still like to do that, but it's a little homely-- maybe not cool for your party, maybe so, though.

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                                    moh RE: tweetie Jul 25, 2008 01:38 PM

                                    I love this simple syrup for fruit salad. It is very simple, but adds a lovely elegant touch. It also keeps the fruit for longer.

                                    1 cup sugar
                                    1 and 1/4 cup water

                                    Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes. Take it off the heat, and add 3 tablespoons of brandy (or Cognac if you have it!), and three tablespoons of Cointreau. Let cool, then pour as much as you need over chopped up fruit.

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                                      spm RE: tweetie Jul 25, 2008 02:29 PM

                                      My grandmother would peel some beautiful fragrant peaches and drizzle them with honey for a summer treat. My mother liked grapes and sour cream together. Both pretty yummy!

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                                        gianina RE: tweetie Jul 25, 2008 03:14 PM

                                        a basic simple syrup is always good, an infused one is better, and often depending on the fruit , a vinegar as well, be it balsamic or sherry. for that matter a splash of booze doesn't hurt either, again depending on the fruit.

                                        1. wearybashful RE: tweetie Jul 25, 2008 05:51 PM

                                          If you've got lemon or lime basil this is the place to use it. It's so perfumy and exotic but not overpowering. You might have to buy it in a nursery, not in a store.

                                          Other than that, I agree with honey and a squeeze of lime.

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                                            cook152 RE: tweetie Jul 25, 2008 06:08 PM

                                            We attended a party last week and the host dressed the fruit salad with a mixture of melted vanilla ice cream and grand marnier. It was delicious!

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