Fall Fruit Salad
We were invited to a brunch yesterday honoring recent newlyweds. I was asked to bring a fruit salad. Pretty simple…right? First you must understand that many of those attending the brunch are paleo including the hostess. In addition, I am more than slightly intimidated by the cooking skills of the host and hostess.
I like to consider myself a master of summer fruit salads….fall salads, not so much. After scouring the internet and discarding a simple Waldorf apple salad, I decided to strike out on my own. I wanted to use fall fruits, and incorporate additional seasonal treats only found at this time of year. I wanted to stretch and try additions that I have never used before.
I had on hand red grapes, apples…Fuiji, and Honey Crisps, a red grapefruit, a pomegranate and Red Anjou pears. a variety I had not used before. On Friday I went on a search for something more exotic and found Satsuma mandarin oranges and Persimmons. I also added toasted pumpkin seeds to my basket….I hadn’t done a jack o lantern this year…so no seeds on hand.
I have never purchased pomegranates or Persimmons. I tend to do the familiar especially with fruits. Selecting for ripeness and correct preparation can be intimidating. I had never seen the Satsuma mandarins before….amazingly delicious!
I was excited about the combination
The dressing…another matter. Most had sugar. I wanted something to bind and enhance, but let the fruit shine. Nothing sounded just right. Finally I settled on a yogurt dressing with cinnamon and maple. I knew it would be great with the fruits selected.