fruit salad for a healthy life
Eating fruit salad is an interesting thing, and you will want to do it in your daily life. There are many reasons why people like such kind of food. The first is because it is very nutritious, and the second reason is that this kind of food will never cause obesity. Some people even include fruit salad in their diet menu list. The following explanation will tell you more about the common ingredients and also the benefits of consuming such foods.
The common ingredients people will use for making fruit salad are kiwifruit, strawberry, and also orange. However, it is possible to use the other ingredients in it. It will greatly depend on your preference and health condition. Please remember that certain diseases will prohibit the sufferers to consume certain fruits. What about you? In a simple sentence, we can define fruit salad as a dish that consists of various kinds of fruit, served either in their juices or syrup.
Besides, you can serve such kind of food as the appetizer, a side salad, or a dessert. In American public schools, the small cups of fruit salad are commonly served for dessert. The great nutritious food is all people need to let them live healthier. The delicious taste can be got by adding mayonnaise on your serve. Salad is not only known in America but also the other countries around the world.
You can use your creativity in making the sauce for your salad. It is possible to use the spicy sauce with peanuts and shrimp paste. If you try the salad in the Philippines, you will find buko or young coconut added. Besides, you will find condensed milk to complete canned or fresh fruit.
1- Turkey Salad With Toasted Almonds And Curry.
Sliced turkey breast strips are perfect for stir fry and salads. This is a quick-fix recipe because you do not roast the meat, you poach it for a few minutes on top of the stove. Of course, leftover turkey may be used. Substitute any seasonal fruit you like for the cantaloupe: honeydew, pineapple, strawberries, peaches, pears, or apples. Your family will enjoy Fruit Salad with Toasted Almonds and Curry all year long.
- 1/2 pound sliced turkey breast strips (half a package)
- 1/2 cup chopped celery (2 ribs)
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup green onions, white and green parts, chopped (more if you like)
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
- 2 cups cantaloupe balls
- 1/2 cup light mayonnaise (or fat-free mayonnaise dressing)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (1 lemon)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder (more if you love it)
Put turkey strips in a small skillet. Add water until it is halfway up the side of the pan. Poach turkey gently, over low heat, 8-10 minutes until done. Drain and cool turkey. Meanwhile, toast the almonds in a 275-degree toaster oven or skillet, watching them carefully.
Cut turkey strips into bite-sized pieces. Add celery, cranberries, green onions, almonds, and cantaloupe. Combine dressing ingredients, pour over salad, and fold in with rubber spatula. Cover the salad and refrigerate for two hours to blend flavors. Serve on butter lettuce, red leaf lettuce, or fresh spinach. Garnish salad with lemon wedges. Makes four generous servings.
2- Peach Salad With Fresh fruit and sesame oil
sesame oil can add an undercurrent of flavor to many recipes. According to Tatiana Morales, author of the CBS News website article, “Cooking Oils That are Good for You,” sesame oil is healthy. This nutty oil contains vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps lower cholesterol, magnesium, copper, calcium, iron, and vitamin B6.
Two types of oil are available. Light is made from untoasted sesame seeds. Dark is made from toasted ones. The Fine Cooking website tells how to choose the type that will work best in recipes. Since the untoasted is milder, it is often used for flavoring, as with this salad recipe. Toasted oil is used in stir-fry and Asian noodle recipes. As the website notes, however, “a little can go a long way.”
This fruit salad recipe combines the sweetness of peaches, the tang of citrus, the nuttiness of sesame oil, and the crunchiness of almonds. Fresh Peach Salad with Orange Dressing and Toasted Almonds goes well with grilled steak, chicken, pork, and salmon. Add some leftover chicken and you have the main course.
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
- 3 tablespoons light sesame oil
- 1/4 cup extra light olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups (or more) salad greens
- 1 large, ripe peach, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
Toast almonds in a small skillet, watching constantly. Remove almonds as soon as they begin to brown. Whisk vinegar, orange juice, sesame oil, olive oil, salt, and pepper together. Put salad greens in a large bowl. Add sliced peaches and toasted almonds. Drizzle dressing over salad (you may not need it all) and toss gently. Makes 4 servings.
3-Pineapple and Boston Lettuce Salad With Crystallized Ginger Dressing.
Before you use the fresh root of ginger you should peel it with a potato peeler or scrape it off with a spoon.
In her book, “A Matter of Taste,” Sylvia Windle Humphrey describes ginger as a catalyst that enhances other flavors. But this ancient root has so much flavor you may enjoy it on its own in ginger tea. Crystallized ginger is candy. If you are looking for an unusual dessert, add finely chopped crystallized ginger to softened vanilla ice cream. The addition of ginger is what makes this fruit salad recipe special.
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup rice vinegar
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger
- 1 peeled fresh pineapple (available in the produce section of the store)
- 1 head Boston lettuce (also called butter lettuce)
Toast the almonds in a small skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally. As soon as the nuts start to brown remove them from the heat and set aside. In a small jar combine rice vinegar, honey, and chopped ginger. Put on the lid and shake well. Remove the core from the pineapple and cut into six slices. Place a layer of torn lettuce leaves on the bottom of a platter. Lay pineapple rings on top of the lettuce. Drizzle salad dressing over the pineapple and garnish with toasted almonds. Serve immediately. You may refrigerate the salad (without the dressing) for a half-hour and add the dressing at the last minute. Makes six generous servings.
4-Tropical Twist Green Salad
What you need:
- 1/4 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and chopped
- 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
- 4 cups torn arugula leaves
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Mix apple cider vinegar, olive oil, maple syrup, and salt in a bowl to make the vinaigrette. Set aside. In a salad bowl, combine pineapple, onion, arugula leaves, and cilantro. Pour dressing over fresh ingredients and toss to coat. Serve immediately.
- Watermelon 1 deseeded cubed or scoop balls
- Onion 1 small finely slice
- Simple syrup ¼ cup
- Olive oil 1tbsp
- Lemon juice 2 tbsp
- Ginger juice 1tsp
- White pepper ¼ tsp
- Black salt to taste
- Crumbled feta cheese ¼ cup
- Pumpkin seed (toasted) 1 heaping tbsp
- Walnut 8 to 10 chopped
- Fresh mint leaves 1 tbsp chopped
Cut the watermelon in triangles and then with a small fruit scooper scoop small deseed scoop. Take them in a bowl. Now in bowl mix simple syrup, olive oil, lemon juice, ginger juice, white pepper, black salt. Mix well. Now mix half of the vinaigrette with watermelon and sliced onion. Place it on a serving bowl now sprinkle crumbled feta, toasted pumpkin seed, walnut, and mint leaves and then drizzle rest of the vinaigrette. Have it as healthy snacks or serve it in a brunch with grilled fish or meat. I am sure you will love it.
6- fruit salad with Strawberries & spinach
How To Make this :
As the main course, some people add chicken, shrimp, and even beef to their Spinach salad to complete. Get all the following ingredients ready and serve within 20 minutes.
- Fresh Spinach, cut into bite-size
- Strawberries, sliced
- Soy blue cheese crumbles or feta cheese – 4 oz.
How To Make The dressing;
- Red wine vinegar – 3 tbsp.
- Orange juice – 3 tbsp.
- Canola oil – 1½ tbsp.
- Dry Mustard – ¼ tsp.
- Poppy seeds – 1/3 tsp.
Remember first that the size of each ingredient may vary depending on how much you plan to make. The given sizes are enough to make a bowl of Spinach salad.
Mix the dressing ingredients and cool them in the fridge. While waiting, prepare the main ingredients. Combine spinach, sliced strawberries, and cut oranges in a bowl. Add the dressing and toss to saturate evenly. Add cashew nuts and sliced cheese. Usually, though, the cashews and cheese are added upon serving for garnish.