Parrot Bay Fruit Salad

With the fourth of July here already, it’s time to think of eating out doors. I know I’ve covered lots of salads and picnic foods here on this blog, but I don’t recall doing much in the way of fruit salads. So, because the where is hot, there’s sales on fruit, and the rum supply is ample… let’s get some things tossed together and put on ice.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ½ of a pineapple
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 navel oranges
  • 2 kiwi
  • 1 mango
  • 3 tablespoons Parrot Bay coconut rum

Peel, halve, and core your pineapple. Dice up half of it and toss it in the bowl. Peel and slice up the kiwi fruits, and peel, pit and cut up as best you can that mango. I say this which the experience that dicing these stone fruits can be very dicey indeed. Peeling and slicing your bananas is simplicity itself in comparison, so go and do that now…. Tossing the slices in the bowl.

Now for something creative. Cut the top and bottom off the oranges just deep enough to expose the inner fruit. Following the curve of the fruit cut the skin and pith off the orange in panels. Holding the orange over the bowl cut between the membranes to free the citrus segments. Let them fall into the bowl as they are cut free. By hand, squeeze all the juice from the remaining membrane over the fruit, then discard. Repeat with the other orange.

Now, splash this collection of fruits with the coconut rum, about three tablespoons or so, and let this sit in the fridge for a ½ hour or so letting all the flavors meld.

Serve this with a light topping of whipped cream if you like that, or, chiffonade of fresh mint leaves for a slightly different sensation.

fruit-salad

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Pineapple Salsa

So, lets make another salsa, this one is a pineapple salsa. I love to serve this as a side to fresh grilled pork. This simple salsa should help us finish off the cilantro and limes.

here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups diced fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 poblano pepper, stemmed, seeded and finely diced
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl. Cover and chill until ready to use. Quick and simple.

pineapple salsa

pineapple salsa

Fresh Fruit with Fresh Lime Dipping Sauce

Hazy Hot and Humid… just a perfect day for a platter full of fresh juicy fruit to snack on. You’ll find this platter to be delicious, refreshing and a healthy alternative to salty, high fat snacks. Serve this along with the chicken salad stuffed tomatoes (tomorrow’s post) for a cool lunch with which to beat the heat. Oh, did I mention that Western Beef had a great sale on limes.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 Granny smith apples peeled, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into wedges
  • 1 Honey dew melon, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges 2 to 3 inches wide
  • 2 pounds watermelon, rind removed, and fruit cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges 2 to 3 inches wide
  • 1 small pineapple, peeled, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into wedges
  • 1 ripe papaya, peeled, seeded and sliced crosswise
  • Creamy Lime Dipping Sauce

Creamy Lime Dipping Sauce

  • 1 container (6 ounces) vanilla fat-free yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 jalapeño pepper minced

To make the Creamy Lime Dipping Sauce combine all ingredients in small bowl; mix well to combine. The important thing to remember is to remove ALL of the white pith and seeds from the jalapeno. Nearly all the capsaicin, the acidic source of the pepper’s heat, comes from the rind. The rind, once the pith is removed has a strong fruity flavor.

So make a patio picnic of it and whip up a couple mojitos

Mojito

2 oz White Rum
.75 oz Simple Syrup
.75 oz Lime Juice
Fresh Mint
Soda

Take the leaves off of one of the sprigs of mint and put them in your mixing tin along with the simple syrup and the lime juice.  Muddle the mint gently.  Add the rum and some ice and shake well.  Strain (you should double-strain) into a glass filled with cracked ice.  Top with soda, garnish with the remaining mint.

mojito ingredients – combine with caution