At the last minute, our group combined our fruits so that we could have a fruit salad. My friend said that an easy dressing was to combine mayo with sugar and a little bit of milk.
After I put it together and wasn't satisfied, two more ladies joined me on my boat and also gave it the taste test and wound up adding some some kind of a Smart & Final cream from a qt-sized carton, some agave syrup, and a dash of almond extract (because we thought vanilla extract was needed). The almond extract was a mistake. In fact, I think the fruits would have been better left alone.
What else could we have used for a topping that we might have had on our boats?
And I also curious to know what you like to put on your fruit salads, if anything.
It is interesting that you just posted this because I was recently thinking about fruit salad.
Growing up, fruit salad was simply a mixture of fresh fruits. In summer it was most likely, melon, kiwi, blueberries, peaches, etc. In winter it would be oranges, apples, bananas, etc. There was never a 'dressing" on it! It was just plain fruit.
I still do it the same way. I actually forgot that some people add a dressing! It is always disappointing when someone brings a fruit salad to a picnic and I find that it is "dressed". So my thought is....add nothing to it. Fruit is fabulous all by itself!
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I only put a dressing on what I call "apple salad"...apples, oranges, grapes and walnuts. But you can also add celery and/or mini marshmallows for a change. My fruit salads are just fruit...what ever is fresh & what I have in the freezer....right now it would be peaches, strawberries, blue berries, black berries, banana.
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I've never dressed a fruit salad, it seems the fruits provide a good juice and dosn't need a dressing. I have put fruit platters together and in the middle of the platter place a strawberry Greek yogurt in a pretty silver dish to provide a dip.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Spanish Revival,
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I add some orange juice to pre-cut-up fruit, as a sweetener and seems to keep the fruit "fresher." Also, I've used maraschino cherry juice/syrup from a used-up jar of maraschino cherries. Could be added to the orange juice. And I've just used whipped cream as a garnish.
Yesterday, I tried Brianna's Poppyseed Dressing but didn't care for it. Today I tried some mayo, some lemon juice, and some honey. It was only OK. I agree with the consensus, fruit salads don't need a topping. That said, I have a cooked dressing that's pretty good but why bother!
I don't think a fruit salad needs a dressing if you are just throwing cut up fruit together, which is what I do. Dump, mix and go! If I use apples and bananas and am not using a citrus fruit then I'll mix in lemon juice so they don't brown. But typically I don't have to do that because of any citrus I put in.
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First, no bananas. If it has bananas I will have to spend all my time picking them out.
If it is just a bowl of cut up fruit - then that is a bowl of cut up fruit. Not a salad.
If I'm making ambrosia - primarily I add orange juice and coconut. No sugar.
If I'm doing something for lunch as a desert I will do a dressing with either vanilla yogurt or cream cheese, milk and orange marmalade sugar if needed and serve it on the side.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Charming,
Most of the time I serve mixed fresh fruit as dessert, not salad and don't add anything or sometimes just a dash of Angostura bitters. If the fruit is not sufficiently sweet I add stevia. Years ago a friend used to add rum to her fruit salads.
When I do serve fruit as salad I either use Greek yogurt mixed with honey, or Hellmann's mayo mixed with honey. I sometimes make a Waldorf type salad with apple chunks and orange sections and use Hellmann's with apple cider vinegar, EVOO, stevia, S&P.
I really like cinnamon added to orange slices but that is not really a salad, I eat it as a snack.
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Whipped cream cheese with a couple of tablespoons of orange juice,just a speck of almond flavor and 2 tablespoons of sugar or sugar substitute. Just a bit of this to any fruit or just as a dip. I forgot to add the marshmallow crème, sorry to any one that had tried to make this. add 1/2 cup marshmallow crème to above recipe. Old age is my only excuse.This message has been edited. Last edited by: flboy,
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Originally posted by CA Lori: Yesterday, I tried Brianna's Poppyseed Dressing but didn't care for it. Today I tried some mayo, some lemon juice, and some honey. It was only OK. I agree with the consensus, fruit salads don't need a topping. That said, I have a cooked dressing that's pretty good but why bother!
I'm sorry. I always feel bad when I recommend something and others don't like it. Was it too sour for you?
I've given this thread much thought -- the dress or not to dress -- I notice that many who don't live in areas that have really great fruit. We don't and so with store fruit, I think that you often need the dressing for it isn't as sweet as it should be. When we get local fruit, I don't dress either!
However, I have been on a strawberry, spinach salad kick this week due to the fact that DH brought home one of those HUGE containers of baby spinach. Not every meal but almost and it is so good -- the spinach with the strawberries (sigh, store bought) and that wonderful poppyseed dressing (make my own -- oil, vinegar, sugar, poppy seeds, onion) and a bit of feta and candied pecans (which I keep on hand in the freezer).
I usually don't eat much dressing on fruit--I just make sure it's ripe before eating, and that's tough to find.
One fruit I do like dressing on is apples, as in a Waldorf Salad.
Many variations of contents of both salad and dressing, but mine is more of a dessert.
I eyeball it, but it's a mixed of whipping cream that's been whipped and a bit of sugar and vanilla added. Then, that's mixed gently with Hellmann's mayo.
(In addition to the apples, I toss in chopped walnuts, and some mini marshmallows. I rarely have on hand other stuff. Sweet or tart apples can be used, depending on taste, but I always use a sweet apple.)
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