Holiday Fruit Salad with Mint Dressing:
This is a nice healthy alternative to all the stuff that's at parties this time of year.
(It's always a hit whenever I bring it to gatherings, in any season.)
1 fresh ripe pineapple, cut in 1-in. chunks (You can used canned, if it's well-drained, but
the fresh tastes so much better.) This is the one absolutely necessary ingredient.
All the others are negotiable.
1 or 2 crisp apples, cut in 1-in. chunks (preferably with skin)
1-2 cups of fresh whole strawberries, washed and hulled
1-2 bananas, cut in 1-in. chunks
1 cup fresh blueberries, washed and drained
2 cups red and/or white seedless grapes, washed and drained
Any other fruit you like: raspberries, blackberries, chunks of peaches, etc.
Stir all the fruit together gently, making sure the juice from the pineapple coats the fruit.
(I cut up and put the bananas in the mixture right before serving.)
You could add chopped pecans or walnuts to this, as well, if you like.
Obviously, the makeup of this salad depends on what's ripe and what's available
at the grocery store and how much you use.
Put this in a pretty bowl and refrigerate until time to serve.
Now take a small carton of sour cream and add one or two tablespoons of
mint jelly. Stir thoroughly until the cream is a nice green color. Put this in another
pretty bowl with a serving spoon and serve it alongside the salad. It makes a delicious,
pretty topping. You could garnish it with a mint leaf for special panache.
Merry Christmas from Ellen Kennedy!