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Exotic Fruit Salad with Lime-Ginger Dressing

Contributed by: NAPSA

Fruit Salad Goes Exotic (NAPSA) - One delicious bite of Exotic Fruit Salad with Lime-Ginger Dressing and you're on your way to the Caribbean-at least in spirit.

Pineapple, banana and papaya come together with kiwifruit, dried plums and red grapes to produce a glorious splash of color and a delightful pairing of flavors. A little honey and some fresh lime juice are all that's needed for the dressing.

Add a little crystallized (candied) ginger, found in the produce department of your local grocery store, and sit back and enjoy the compliments.

In putting together a fruit salad, you want to choose your fruits according to their color, taste and texture. Dried plums are a must because they hold up well in fruit salads, provide a rich, moist, chewy texture, and are a deep-purple color which adds contrast to the other typically lighter-colored fruits. Plus, you don't have to wait for dried plums (also known as prunes) to ripen, you don't have to peel them, and they're always available.

For a special presentation, serve the Exotic Fruit Salad in a martini or parfait glass, garnish with slices of starfruit and finish with a splash of rum. A crisp cookie and a scoop of coconut ice cream or mango, lime or pineapple sorbet will make a cool treat.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup Sunsweet Pitted Dried Plums (Regular, Bite Size, Lemon or Orange Essence)
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup kiwifruit chunks
  • 1 cup papaya or mango chunks
  • 1 cup banana or Asian pear chunks
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes
  • 1/3 cup chopped roasted cashews or macadamia nuts (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger

Directions:

For dressing, stir together honey and lime juice. In 11/2 to 2-quart bowl, mix dried plums, pineapple, kiwifruit, papaya, banana and grapes. Drizzle dressing over fruit. Toss gently.

Serve promptly or cover and chill for 1 hour. Stir in nuts and ginger just before serving.

Serving Size: Makes about 4 cups (4 servings).


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