Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Easy Recipe for Red and Green Fruit Salad

Easy Recipe for Red and Green Fruit Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com
This Red and Green Fruit Salad is easy and delicious!

(Updated with new photos and step-by-step instructions, September 2014)  Recently I started learning about anti-oxidant rich foods, but when I tried to eat more of I noticed I was ignoring the berries. Truthfully, I've never been that good of a fruit eater, and now that I'm watching for carbs a bit more, I'm more likely to choose something like rice or beans for my higher carb foods for a meal.  But berries do have amazing nutritional value, so I am making a vow to include them in my meals a little more often, starting with this delicious Red and Green Fruit Salad!

This recipe is dedicated to my brother Rand, the absolute fruit lover in my family. I remember when Rand lived in Chicago, every time he came to visit my mother would put out a big bowl of fruit on the table for him.  For Rand and all the other fruit lovers out there, you're going to love this recipe!

The ultra-simple idea of combining berries with vanilla yogurt to make a healthy fruit salad is one I got from a woman named Kaye that I used to work with.  I admit, this is so simple it's almost foolish to call it a recipe. Through the years, I've tried different combinations, and this is one I've really liked.

grapes for Easy Recipe for Red and Green Fruit Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com
Wash grapes if needed and pat dry with paper towels.  (I cut them in half if they're big.)

berries for Easy Recipe for Red and Green Fruit Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com
I used this little pack of perfect raspberries.

Kiwi for Easy Recipe for Red and Green Fruit Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com
Peel the kiwi and cut into bite-sized pieces.

Yogurt for Easy Recipe for Red and Green Fruit Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com
I used to use this low-carb yogurt as a dressing for the salad; you probably only need one container unless you really like a lot of dressing.

Other dressing for Easy Recipe for Red and Green Fruit Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com
Now I'd probably make a dressing by combining plain fat-free Greek yogurt, a little bit of light Agave Nectar, and a little vanilla. 

Salad mixed for Easy Recipe for Red and Green Fruit Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com
Gently combine the fruit in a bowl.

Finished salad for Easy Recipe for Red and Green Fruit Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com
Then stir in the desired amount of dressing and serve.  That's all!

Original photo for Easy Recipe for Red and Green Fruit Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com
And oh my, here is the original photo of this recipe from 2006!


Easy Recipe for Red and Green Fruit Salad found on KalynsKitchen.com
Red and Green Fruit Salad
(Makes 4 servings, inspiration for the idea was from Kaye)

Ingredients:
1 cup green grapes, cut in half lengthwise if they're large
6 oz. raspberries
2 kiwi, peeled and cut in 1/2 inch pieces
6 oz vanilla yogurt (I use Kroger Carb Master yogurt, use sugar-free yogurt for the South Beach Diet)

Yogurt Dressing Ingredients:
(Use these ingredients to make fat-free Greek yogurt into a tasty dressing)
6-8 oz. plain fat-free Greek yogurt
1 T  light Agave Nectar (or a little more, to taste)
1/2 tsp. Vanilla (or a little more, to taste)

Instructions:
Wash grapes if needed and pat dry with paper towels.  (You can cut them in half if they're extra big.)  Peel the kiwi and cut into bite-sized pieces.  Gently combine the grapes, berries, and kiwi in a bowl.

If you're making the Greek yogurt dressing, combine the yogurt, agave nectar and vanilla with a whisk.

Combine ingredients with desired amount of dressing, being careful not to over mix, although some breaking apart of the raspberries will improve the flavor. Chill if desired. This will keep in the refrigerator for a day or two, although it's best freshly made.

Other fruits you can use include blueberries, blackberries, plums, or red grapes.


South Beach Suggestions: 
Using low carb yogurt or making a low-sugar dressing with fat-free Greek yogurt will make this a suitable dish for the South Beach Diet, phase two or three. Kroger brand Carb master Yogurt has only 4 carbs and 1 1/2 grams fat in six ounces, but there are other good low carb yogurts available if you can't find the Kroger brand.

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you. 

More Tasty Salads with Fruit: 
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Arugula, Red Grape, and Shaved Manchego Salad ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Mixed Berry and Banana Fruit Salad ~ Simply Recipes
Apple-Jicama Slaw with Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Dressing ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Blueberry, Cucumber, Basil Salad ~ Cafe Johnsonia
Caprese Salad with Red and Green Tomatoes and Kiwifruit ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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11 comments:

  1. My husband grew up with the idea that fruit salad was a little fruit in a bowl with a sauce full of sugar and marshmallows. I grew up with the idea that fruit salad was fresh, in-season fruit chopped up and thrown in a bowl. This sounds like a way to merge our tastes!

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  3. That looks so delicious--and healthy. I'm kind of picky about my fruit salad, don't like marshmallows either. This salad of yours looks perfect.

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  4. looks beautiful! I love these kinds of salads.

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  5. Thanks Jill, Sher, and BNA.

    The comments that were deleted contained links which were basically "ads" for other sites. I know new bloggers sometimes do this with no bad intentions, but once you start allowing people to leave those kinds of comments, they just encourage others to do it, so I have deleted them. I hope no one is offended.

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  6. Not at all -- your approach is very reasonable.

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  7. Hi all, I am an all-around newbie to this--blogging, posting, etc, etc. So forgive me if my question has been answered somewhere and I just didn't see it. I'm on a low-carb regime and want to try the yummy sounding fruit salad but I did not see the total number of carbs listed. Please let me know. Thanks! Nolu

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  8. Noluthando, South Beach is not a "low carb" diet and I don't count carbs, so I don't calculate that informtion, sorry.

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  9. My husband started to tell me recently to avoid too much of rice in the meal and move to just salad for one meal. In my search of salad recipes, i reached your blog. Its just great... Now I start trying out the recipes that would suit my taste. I have found manyyyyy... Thanks

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  10. This sounds delicious. I thin a little cut up mango would also go nicely with the other fruit choices.

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  11. Love the idea of mango in this. And I love your signature; that was me before I quit teaching to be a full-time blogger.

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