Cooking with Ceci: Fruit salad – with sauce!

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(Photo by Ceci Martinez)

(Photo by Ceci Martinez)

One of the best joys about summer is the variety and abundance of fruits in the markets! I cannot think of a more refreshing dessert than this delicious and exotic fruit salad recipe! Alice Waters say in her book Chez Panisse Fruit: “Fruit, more than any of the other foods we consume, has a way to go right to the heart of our being. Fruit is beautiful to look at and beautiful to smell.”

You will be able to find all these tropical fruits at Saraga International Market. If you haven’t visited this amazing store you will find that it’s worth the trip; this market will take you on a virtual trip around the world!

Note~ This is not really a recipe, but more an outline – you can adapt it to make your own tropical fruit salads. The amounts of the fruits are not given, since this is up to you.

Prepare the basic fruit sauce and add the fruits of your choice to it. It is preferable to make the salad a day in advance and leave to macerate overnight before serving. Some fruits, like bananas and kiwis should be added to the salad at the last minute. In general four-to-five fruits mixed with the sauce make a delicious salad; the quantity and variety of the fruit depends on your taste.

TROPICAL FRUIT SALAD with SAUCE~

Serving: 6

Ingredients for basic fruit sauce:

1 1/4 cup pineapple juice (NO ADDED SUGAR)

1/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoon orange juice

1 tablespoon Grand Marnier

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup diced apricot

Directions for sauce:

In a medium saucepan combine the pineapple juice, sugar, orange juice, Grand Marnier and water. Heat until boiling then stir in the dried apricots. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes and let it stand for 5 minutes. Pour into a blender until smooth and thickened.

Ingredients for tropical fruit salad:

lime

yellow passion fruit

red bananas

mangosteens

mangos

guavas

brown passion fruit

pineapple

kiwis

papaya

orange


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