January 26, 2012 at 8:16 a.m.

The winter antidote: fruit salads


It's about winter fruit salads today. We are fortunate to have just about any type of fresh fruit available to us at any time of the year. We eat a lot of fresh fruits and most often I use a combination of fruits with a sandwich for a light supper. Any of these salads, served with muffins, popovers, quick bread or a warm dinner roll would be perfect for the ladies luncheon. That's it for talk. Let's make a variety of fruit salads today.

MANDARIN-ORANGE, RAISIN AND BANANA SALAD

1 - 11 oz. can mandarin oranges, chilled and drained

1/2 c. raisins

1/2 c. lemon-flavored yogurt

4 bananas, sliced

In a bowl, combine first 3 ingredients. Chill about an hour. Just before serving, fold in banana slices.

Makes 4-6 servings.

Note: If you don't have mandarin oranges you can use 2 small oranges, peeled and sectioned.

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ORANGE-PEAR SALAD WITH

BLEU-CHEESE AND ORANGE DRESSING

3-4 oranges, peeled and sectioned

1 large can sliced pears

1 c. finely sliced celery

Lettuce leaves

Bleu cheese and orange dressing

Combine oranges, pears, and celery in a bowl. Arrange lettuce on a platter and spoon fruit mixture on top. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate for about an hour. When ready to serve pass fruit with dressing in a separate bowl.

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BLEU-CHEESE AND ORANGE DRESSING

1 c. mayonnaise

4 oz. bleu cheese (about 1/2 c.)

1 t. finely shredded orange peel

2 T. orange juice

1/4 t. salt

Combine all ingredients, mixing well.

Makes about 1-1/2 c.

Note: You may use this dressing on Romaine lettuce topped with pineapple chunks and kiwi fruit slices.

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TWENTY-FOUR HOUR FRUIT SALAD

1 - 11 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained

1 - 8 oz. can pineapple tidbits, drained

1-1/2 c. flaked coconut

1 c. mini marshmallows

1-1/2 c. chopped pecans - optional

3/4 c. sour cream

4 maraschino cherries cut in fourths

Day before serving, gently combine all ingredients, except cherries, in a bowl. Refrigerate overnight. Next day, transfer salad into a pretty serving bowl. Garnish with cherry bits.

Makes 4-6 servings.

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APPLE - BACON SALAD

10 slices lean bacon, cut into one inch pieces

1 c. each, diced apples (skin on) and diced celery

1/2 c. each, coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans, cubed cheddar cheese, and mayonnaise

4 lettuce cups

Paprika

Fry bacon until golden and crisp. Drain on paper towel; crumble. In mixing bowl, combine bacon with next 4 ingredients. Stir in mayo. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve in lettuce cups. Sprinkle lightly with paprika.

Makes four servings.

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Which dressing to serve with a fruit salad? Here are some fruit salad dressing combinations: Honey celery seed dressing: melon, pineapple and blueberries; pears, apples; grapefruit, oranges, bananas, and coconut. Sour Cream Dressing with apricots, oranges and dates; pineapple, coconut, bananas and raspberries; peaches, pitted dark sweet cherries and pecans; avocados, red grape and peaches.

HONEY CELERY SEED DRESSING

1/2 t. each, dry mustard and paprika

1/8 t. salt

1/2 c. each, honey and canola oil

2 T. vinegar

1/2 t. celery seed

In small bowl or blender, combine all ingredients except celery seed; blend well, until creamy looking. Stir in celery seed. Cover and chill.

Makes one cup.

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SOUR CREAM DRESSING

1 c. sour cream or plain yogurt

2 T. each, honey and lemon juice

1/8 t. salt

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients, mixing well. Cover and chill.

Makes one cup.

Thought for the Day: There is a time to let things happen and a time to make things happen!

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