Making a fruit salad can add a bright complement to any meal or offer an afternoon snack on a hot, steamy day. The actual preparation of the salad is quite simple, but the ingredients can be complex, and arguably different depending on what area of the world you are in. While tropical fruits are very popular in the Western regions of the United States, more home grown fruits such as apples, oranges, and plums are more popular in the Southern regions. Today we will be focusing on the central Midwestern region, as this area takes the best of both sides and combines them into a delicious, yet exquisite fruit salad that can be used for any occasion. Here's how to make a fruit salad.
The first thing that is necessary in any dish is the ingredients. For a fruit salad to inspire your taste buds, you will want a careful blend of acidic and neutral flavors including
- two pears sliced
- one cup of strawberries
- two oranges with the peels left on
- two kiwis peeled and sliced
- one half cup of coconut that has been shaved
This combination will provide you with the perfect balance that is needed to maximize the palatal perfection needed to impress even the seasoned chef.
Next in the process you will want to combine the ingredients into a large bowl, slicing the oranges into quarters or eighths, and incorporating the fruits without damaging the color and shape of the cuts. After all of the fruits have been combined, sprinkle the shaved coconut onto the top of it.
Now comes the time to let your creative side shine. Plating the fruit salad can be as important, if not more so, than the actual preparation. Creating the proper atmosphere for the diner is important, and using clear glass plates with a rich mix of radicchio greens, or summer leafage will give the salad a perfect base to entertain such a colorful array.
With increasing diversity in the wide world of food selection, you are sure to find many choices in the selection of the proper fruits for your area. No matter what style of fruit salad you choose to make, you can be sure that by following the simple steps of good preparation, and some presentation perfection, you will be ensured a quality fruit salad that will please the pickiest of eaters. Enjoy.