Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Enjoy the Fruits of the Season—Simple Fruit Salad


One of my favorite things about summer is the produce.

The veggies are wonderful, and the fruit is just to die for.

We eat a lot of just sliced fruit at our house as sides for our suppers and lunches. But for a special treat, the kids ask for fruit salad. It really is more like a dessert than a side, so they usually have it at the end of a meal. :)

Because it transports well, I’ve taken my fruit salad to cookouts and parties—it’s pretty, so it makes a nice splash when I bring it in.

Fruit Salad



2 cups of grapes
2 bananas, sliced (soak the slices in lemon juice to keep them from browning)
1 pint fresh strawberries
Sliced pineapple (sometimes I’ll cheat and buy the canned chunks—20 ounce size)
3 sliced kiwis
21 ounce can of peach pie filling
1/2 t cinnamon

IMG_20110717_194349Combine all the ingredients and serve!

It’s sweet and refreshing…and easy. The longest part of the whole process is the slicing, and I’ve gotten so that I’m able to do it pretty fast—because I want to start eating the salad!

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  1. I never would have thought to add the pie filling. What a great idea!

  2. It really adds a great touch, Kat. :) I've been thinking of trying other types of pie fillings, too!

  3. I had the same reaction as Katreader. I almost always make fruit salad for brunch when I have overnight guests, but it never would have occurred to me to add pie filling. How very clever!

    ~ Krista

  4. Krista-It's great for of my favorite things to make for them. :) Someday I'd like to be one of your guests! You always make such great meals for yours!

  5. This is perfect for July. And I'll try the pie filling also. I don't often use pie filling because it's usually too sweet for my tastes, but this would be a great way to temper that!

  6. Great idea and I love how pretty it all looks! Thanks for another terrific recipe, Elizabeth (Riley too)

  7. Riley, I never would have thought of using pie filling to mix in. What a sweet treat. That's dessert. Bet it would be great on vanilla ice cream.


  8. Kathleen--You're right, the tartness of the fruit mixes well with the sweet filling. :)

    MJ--Pretty and easy!

    Avery--Mmm! Vanilla ice cream would make it even better!

  9. Fruit salad is just perfect for these hot days. And, indeed -- we're entering a heat advisory window here in NYC. (And I'm sure it's hot everywhere!) Also love the pie filling idea. Must try...thanks, Riley (Elizabeth)!

    ~ Cleo

  10. Hope you'll enjoy it, Cleo. Stay cool!