Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Cranberry Citrus Fruit Salad

What’s your FAVORITE meal of the day?

Breakfast? Lunch? Dinner?

I’m a big breakfast person and one thing I love to have with it is fresh fruit salad!

When I was living at home or returning to my parents place during Christmas break (while at university) I’d be one happy camper when my mom would make a big bowl of it! It’s been months since I’ve made fruit salad for myself so I thought it was about time to get some fruit in a bowl and mix it together.

For this Cranberry Citrus Fruit Salad I combined grapefruit, tangerines, chopped pineapple and dried cranberries. I was originally going to use sliced bananas instead of cranberries but nixed that idea. The cranberries add extra color, their bitterness works well with the sweet fruit and I like their chewy texture.

For a topping I used Greek yogurt and man was it good!!!

Greek yogurt has this amazing creamy texture which works really well as a topping. The only drawback is it’s expensive. Recently I learned how to make my own (on the cheap) using plain 1% yogurt. It’s really easy to do. In my next post I share how you can make your own as well.

If you don’t have Greek yogurt, don’t sweat it. This fruit salad tastes just fine on its own!

Cooking Song Suggestion: I sort of killed the experience of making this fruit salad by listening to the boring radio. A better option would have been listening to my favorite Christmas tune "Mele Kalikimaka" by Bing Crosby. I first heard this song watching the movie Christmas Vacation and have loved it ever since! 

Mele Kalikimaka by Bing Crosby on Grooveshark

Cranberry Citrus Fruit Salad
Grapefruit, tangerines, pineapple and dried cranberries in a sweet fruit salad

Makes: 3 to 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: Nada
Total Time: 10 minutes

1 grapefruit, peeled and sections cut into thirds
2 tangerines, peeled and sections cut into thirds
2 cups chopped pineapple
¼ cupped dried cranberries
¼ cup apple juice
1 tbsp honey

Greek yogurt
Extra dried cranberries

In a medium bowl, combine grapefruit, tangerines, pineapple and cranberries (add the juice you get from the grapefruit).

Stir in apple juice and honey. 

Serve in a small bowl and top with Greek yogurt and extra dried cranberries.

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