Salads

Tropical Fruit Salad with Blackberry Sauce

Photo: Fruit SaladIngredients:
Papaya
pineapple
Banana
Kiwi
Orange
Grapes
Blackberries for sauce.

Peel and chop all the fruits you have available except the blackberries and arrange them or layer them in an attractive dessert or ice cream dish.  Place 2 cups of frozen blackberries in your blender.  Sweeten with honey, stevia or raw sugar.  Blend until smooth using only a tiny bit of water.  Pour Blackberry sauce over your fruit salad, add seeds nuts or dried fruits, and enjoy this as a salad or main dish anytime of day.

Expand your possibilities with a fruit salad bar and experiment with toppings.

Fruits (start with at least 3):  papaya, pineapple,  kiwi, grapes, watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, pears, granadilla, banana, orange, cherries etc..

Toppings (one or more):  fruit sauces frozen or room temperature like the blackberry sauce above, coconut, honey, dried fruit, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, yogurt, granola, cookie crumbles etc.

Here’s to your health!


Image - Spinach SaladSpinach Salad with Tart Apples and Rhubarb Dressing

This is a simple salad that is sweet and crunchy with fruit and nuts.  Start with Spinach or any green leafy lettuce you have on hand, add frozen sweet peas, chopped onion, nuts, tart apple slices and Rhubarb dressing.  Here’s my list of ingredients:
· Spinach
· Finely Chopped Red Cabbage
· 2 Tablespoons Finely Chopped Onion
· ½ Cup Frozen Peas, Thawed
· One Medium Apple Sliced or Chopped
· Walnuts
· Pumpkin Seeds

Alternatives:
– Instead of Apples try strawberries.
– In place of peas try avocado.
– Any kind of nuts or seeds will do.
– Add dried fruit.
– Use celery, cucumber, or grated carrot in place of red cabbage.

Rhubarb Dressing
· Ingredients:
· Rhubarb
· Sugar (I use raw sugar)
· 2 Tablespoons Vinegar (any type)
· 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
· Pinch of Ground Black Pepper

Cut two large stalks of rhubarb in cubes and place in a saucepan.  Cover with water and cook until water is used up, and rhubarb has an applesauce-like consistency.  Add sugar (1/2 cup or more).  Make it a little too sweet to balance the two tablespoons of vinegar you add next.  Finish with 4 tablespoons of olive oil.  Ground Black Pepper is also very good in this sweet dressing.

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