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Fruit Salad Ideas

I have been assigned a fruit salad for Easter brunch. I love fruit, and often make an ambrosia with orange slices, coconut, and something red like cherries or pomegranate seeds. I'd like to do something different that isn't just a jumble in a bowl and am coming up empty (though doubtless a visit to the market will give me ideas). Nothing local hereabouts (New England), unfortunately...

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  1. Nigella's Watermelon, Feta and Olive Salad is delicious, even with not-so-great watermelons. Just add a bit of sugar. http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/w...
    I also love this Pineapple and Jicama Salad. Added bonus: it's very pretty. http://www.eatingoutloud.com/2009/04/...
    Another pretty salad: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2010/0...

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    1. re: MrsJonesey

      Ooh I like the idea of a citrus salad like the one one Smitten Kitchen. So refreshing, and especially perfect if this is a brunch/ lunch meal. Maybe even something like a "deconstructed mimosa" salad with citrus slices and a champagne vinaigrette!

      1. re: EggyEggoo

        also in new england and i would stick with citrus at this point too. pineapple, oranges, even kiwis, are still good and i recently got some very nice blood oranges that looked and tasted great.

        watermelon, berries, etc. are just from too far away and too flavorless.

        1. re: hotoynoodle

          I think you're right. There were some nice blood oranges at the market last week. Those, sliced with navel oranges and red grapefruit, with some scallions, tiny diced red onion marinated in the citrus juice, and a scattering of feta and slivered basil or mint... all prettily arranged on a big white platter.

          Greens or no greens?

          1. re: sheiladeedee

            no greens. :)

            i'd go with mint instead of basil.

            1. re: hotoynoodle

              I think you're right, even though I might have to sneak in a little Thai basil...

              1. re: sheiladeedee

                ooh, i love thai basil! i use it much more often now than the more "standard" sweet variety. doesn't hurt that i can buy armloads of it for $1 at my local s/e asian shops.

    2. I love fruit salads that are just jumbled in a bowl with whipped cream on top if I am needing extra sweetness. BUT, since you mentioned Ambrosia, it made me channel my inner southern bell.

      Waldorf Salad
      Watergate Salad
      5 Cup Salad
      Cherry Coke Salad (It's a *gasp* Jello salad)

      If you would go the jumbled fruit in a bowl route, maybe make an interesting dressing or whipped cream. I've had lemon poppyseed and a ginger yogurt dressing on fruit salad before that were pretty tasty. Awhile ago on Smitten Kitchen, I remember seeing an interesting winter fruit salad with figs and apricots in it. In the past 2 weeks (in PA), we've had great strawberries, kiwis, and pineapples, along with the usual apples, pears, grapes, and citrus. Maybe do grapefruit, kiwi, and clementines? Blood orange, grapes, pears? Something with pineapple if your family does the traditional pineapple brown sugar ham? Hopefully this will help get the ball rolling :)

      1. Oh, I was going to suggest ambrosia with pineapples, banana, coconut, oranges, and of course, cherries. Classic, I love it for holidays. It just cuts the richness of all the other traditional holiday dishes.

        I was looking for my Mom's recipe for ambrosia in her ancient, handwritten cookbook. I came across so many fruit salad recipes. Most of them called for jello, cool whip, or canned fruit cocktail, too. (Southern family)

        Maybe a fruit compote of some sort would satisfy the fruit side dish request? There are so many variations of fruits, herbs, spices. What else is on the hosts menu?

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        1. re: pagesinthesun

          There will be brunchy foods - quiche, potatoes, breads, and of course rice pie and ricotta pie. My brief is to bring freshness and acid to the party, along of course with the pretty.

          I may do a duo or trio, a citrus plate with onion,mint and hot pepper, then a watermelon-feta salad, then a combination of berries and pineapple and whatever else looks good, maybe with a sesame-ginger dressing. I would put them in identical dishes to tie it together...

          1. re: sheiladeedee

            I like the way you're thinking. CH is so inspiring. Have a wonderful Easter weekend.

            1. re: sheiladeedee

              What are rice pie and ricotta pie? Sounds good!

              1. re: EggyEggoo

                These are traditional Rhode Island Italian-American Easter foods. Sweet rice pudding baked in a pie crust, a ricotta cheesecake ditto.

                1. re: sheiladeedee

                  ::drool::

                  I was thinking this was going to be something more like my mom's (I hope she's not listening) awful rice-broccoli-cheese whiz casserole thingie that was a staple at all our holiday meals.

                  Your dishes sound absolutely lovely! Have a happy Easter!

          2. One of my favourite fruit salads is segmented oranges, fresh pomegranate seeds, toasted walnuts, thinly sliced onion marinated in a bit of rice vinegar, and chopped Chinese celery. The ingredients are tossed and then topped with a drizzle of good olive oil and a grind of fresh pepper.

            Also good is Italian orange and radish salad.

            1. A few months ago, I had Grape Salad for the first time at a potluck here in Georgia. It was a mixture of seedless grapes, pecans, brown sugar and sour cream. On top was sprinkled a little brown sugar mixed with pecans.
              I made it this week with three colors of grapes, and walnuts instead of pecans. I think next time I'll make sugared pecans and use those on top for a little crunch. DH and I thought chopped apple would be good in this salad, too.