Enhance Series - Fruit Salad (Not as You Know It ...)
Someone once said that the sign of being middle-classed was having fruit in the house and not having a cold...
Well, I have to admit to being (possibly very middle-classed, and) overly ambitious with my buying habits with fruit, and usually falling short on the eating end. I then end up with quite a glut to 'deal with'.
So I was intrigued to find this little recipe in one of my cookbooks.
I won't tell you the focus of the cookbook just now, but I was hesitant, as you'll see.
But please do try it. I did, and enjoyed it a lot. Let me know if you try it too.
Take a lot of fruit - ideally a mix of sweet seasonal fruits, such as peaches, apricots, plums, berries, melon. (I used whatever I had lying around which was two nectarines, four plums, two pears, a banana, some grapes, and some raspberries). You need a bowl-full, de-cored / de-stoned, and chopped into chunks.
For the dressing - whisk together 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 4 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper to season (you may feel this goes too far, but go with it).
Mix together the fruit and dressing, until the dressing coats the fruit nicely with an unctuous glossy coating.
Ideally leave for a little for the flavours to mingle, then enjoy. It's oddly satisfying, not at all repulsive, and quite delicious!
This also tastes good the following day, although the fruit will have gone a little mushier.
By the way, this was from the "Olive Oil, Tree to Table" cook book by Peggy Knickerbocker.