Honey I’m home!!
This recipe is so simple it almost seems funny to call it a recipe. You can really use whatever fruits you love in this recipe but I would try to go for a variety of colors and IN-season fruits… they will taste better AND they are usually cheaper! The color variety just makes it more pleasing to the eye… even my little two year old looks at a colorful fruit salad and says… PRETTY mama!
We definitely eat with our eyes first before we take a bite! In May I will make this with chunks of peaches and whole, fresh blackberries… YUM! I really LOVE the color combination and the flavor of these fruits when they come in season!! Almost like a dessert… Peaches and cream!
I chose pineapple, mango, green grapes, and strawberries for this fruit salad. I’ll be honest, the grapes were not all that great and I should have left them out but I wanted some green so I went for them… should have waited for them to be in season!
Honey Yogurt Sauce:
1 (slightly heaping) cup Greek Vanilla Yogurt, 2 TBSP honey, 1 TBSP lemon juice, 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract (optional).
I like to add the vanilla extract to really bring out the vanilla flavor of the already vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt but you can skip this if you like… I just REALLY like the smell and taste of that pure vanilla… (sigh).
Make-Ahead You can assemble the fruit and yogurt sauce SEPARATELY ahead of time. Then, when you’re ready to serve just pour the yogurt sauce over the fruit and toss to coat evenly. I like to serve this in little bowls or ramekins to keep the sauce from moving all over the plate! My girls like to drink the sauce from their bowl at the end… I guess I do too… but don’t tell anyone 🙂
The total for the yogurt sauce is $2.00… this will be enough for at least 4-5 cups of fresh fruit. You can
The cost of the fruit will vary depending on what you buy and what’s in season. I bought all my fruit on sale and spent under $5 for all of it. We used it for dinner, lunch, and another dinner so it definitely was cost-effective! I would shoot for about $5 total for the fruit so you don’t make this an expensive side dish. Buying the fruit whole and chopping it yourself usually saves a lot of money instead of buying it pre-chopped (although that is convenient and I have done it in moments of desperation!) Chopping the fruit is less stressful than I usually think it will be though… it takes time but you can do it ahead. Just wait on washing and cutting the strawberries until the day of or the day before… they spoil quicker once they are washed and chopped!
YUMMY! I served the fruit along with a Spinach-Strawberry Salad and Balsamic Chicken Drumettes.
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Happy Economical Eating! ~Jenna