Fruit salad is not a dish that traditionally requires a recipe. You simply chop up whatever ripe fruit is available at the time, mix it in a bowl and serve.
But using a recipe allows you to enjoy some fabulous variations. You can reduce the sweetness by choosing contrasting tangy fruits such as citrus, passion fruit and sour stone fruits, or by adding unsweetened juice.
There are many other ways to create spicy, tangy and sour alternatives to the classic fruit salad. One way is to serve the fruit salad with a spicy sauce or dressing. You can also add spicy ingredients such as herbs, chillies and various spices.
Try some of the intriguing recipes provided below for a way to enjoy fruit in a different way that is less sweet and intriguing.
Prepare the syrup by placing the sugar in 3/4 cup water in a small bowl, Add the chile, star anise and bring to a boil. Then, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until the mixture thickens to the consistency of maple syrup. Next, strain the syrup and set aside in the refrigerator. Chop the fruit and pour in the syrup. Add the tarragon and the basil and season to taste with a little salt and pepper. Serve with extra herb leaves and dollops of mascarpone or crumbled ricotta salata as a dressing.
Conbine the lime juice, with the ginger and honey in a large bowl. Add the fruit and mint leaves, and combine well. Serve in small bowls, garnishing each bowl with a sprig of fresh mint or basil leaves.
For the Spicy Syrup
Make the syrup by whisk all the syrup ingredients together until all the sugar has dissolved. Add the fruit to a large bowl, mix well. Serve with spicy syrup in a bowl or jug.
for the fruit salad
for the vinaigrette
Mix the sliced apples, mangoes, pears and strawberries together in a large serving bowl. Make the vinaigrette in a small bowl, by whisking the vinegar, juices, cilantro, lime peel and hot chili sauce together in a small bowl or jug. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the fruit mixture; tossing the fruit to coat all the pieces.
For the Fruit Salad
For the Honey-Lime Dressing
Prepare the Honey-Lime Dressing by adding the honey, water, ginger and jalapeños to a small saucepan. Bring the xsaucepan to the boil over high heat, and then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer gently for about 2-4 minutes. Remove from heat, strain through a fine sieve, add the lime juice, and set aside in the fridge to cool. Remove the jalapeño and ginger from syrup. Next, add the fruit to a glass serving bowl in layers, starting with the pineapple. Next, add layers for the strawberries, cucumber, kiwis and mango pieces. Sprinkle the pine nuts on top. Serve the fruit salad in bowls and drizzle with the honey-lime dressing.