fruit salad

Thursday, May 14, 2009

This is one of my favorite things to make in the summer time, and a great thing to take to a cook out or barbecue where you need to bring a side dish.

It’s a wee bit early for the best fruits, but when I saw the blueberries and strawberries on sale at the grocery store tonight, I just couldn’t resist. This is another of those recipes that you should feel free to tweak to your own tastes and to what fruit is in season and available, but here’s how I made it tonight.

Start by cutting up an equal amount of bananas, strawberrries, blueberries, and pineapple. Add about 1/2 a can of mandarin oranges, drained. Set this aside for a minute.

In a small bowl mix about 1 cup of plain yogurt (I used my homemade), 1/4 tsp of cinnamon, some sweetener (I used 2 pkgs of Splenda, but you can use 1 tbsp of sugar if you prefer), and some lemon zest. Sometimes I leave out the cinnamon, and just add more lemon, but mostly I love the spiciness the cinnamon gives it. Sometimes I also add some ground ginger. Again, it all depends on the flavors you want.

Mix it together well and let it chill in the fridge for 30 mins or so before serving.

I based mine off of the 6 oz container of blueberries and adjusted the amount of fruit from there. This makes 4 very generous servings.

Nutritional information: Calories 105. Fat: 1g. Sodium: 31mg. Carbs: 19.2g. Protein: 3g.

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