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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Red Fruit Salad

Red Fruit Salad
Red. The color of love and passion. It's bold. It's exciting. It draws the most eyes in any crowd. It disappears first in any candy jar. So, while it's important to eat the rainbow in order to get the best variety of nutrients and antioxidants, sometimes you just have to throw caution to the wind and embrace the intensity that is RED!

Who doesn't go crazy for sweet, juicy red fruit and berries at their peak? Who else has to purchase an extra pint of wild strawberries from the farmers market...just so that you'll actually have some left by the time you get home?

I've probably mentioned it a time or five before—for me, there's no season like cherry season. Is it wrong to eat one's weight in cherries? I think not.

Red Fruit Salad
This all-red fruit salad showcases those mesmerizing rubies of the summer produce world by combining them all in one big bowl. I've got to warn you, it's hard to look away. All eyes at the party will be on this lady in red.

Red Fruit Salad
Take advantage of those red summer fruits and berries by combining them all in one tempting fruit salad recipe.
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Red Fruit Salad
by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: salad side dairy-free vegan soy-free nut-free low-sodium raspberries cherries plums grapes strawberries summer

Ingredients (serves 8-10)
  • 16 ounces sweet red cherries, pitted and ripped in half
  • 12 ounces strawberries, hulled and halved or quartered
  • 12 ounces seedless red grapes, halved
  • 3 red plums, pitted and sliced
  • 6 ounces raspberries (optional)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
Combine all of the fruit in a large serving bowl and toss gently to combine. Stir together the brown sugar and cardamom; scatter over the fruit and toss gently to combine. The sugar will combine with the juices from the fruit and turn into a syrup.

Serve immediately, or refrigerate for 1-2 hours (doesn't hold up well overnight). If using raspberries, toss those in at the last moment so they don't break down and get mushy.

When pitting and ripping your cherries, do it over your serving bowl so you don't lose any of the sweet red juices.
Red Fruit Salad

Thank you to Stemilt Growers for sending me a bag of dark sweet cherries.