Sunday, February 15, 2009

Daddy's Fruit Salad

My daddy used to make this for Christmas, but Mark & I make it all the time now. This is an excellent way to use up excess fruit you have on hand. It's also great to take for church pot lucks and family get-togethers. It's so easy, all-natural, and good for you to boot!

1-2 Ruby Red Grapefruit (esp. the red Texas variety)
2-3 Apples (We use Gala, but any will do)
2 Oranges (seedless)
2-3 Tangerines or Clementines
Grapes (red or green)
Fresh Pineapple chunks, optional
Chopped Nuts, optional
Coconut, optional

Rinse the fruit. Peel the oranges, tangerines, and/or clementines and remove all excess rind and that white stuff on the outside of the fruit.

The first step is the messiest but the outcome is so worth it! After peeling your grapefruit, be sure you work over a large bowl so you catch the juice as it dribbles down your hands and arms.

Peel and skin the grapefruit. You only want the flesh of the fruit, not any of the white stuff that's part of the rind. Then pull open the skin of each section and get the fruit out. (The skin and white stuff from the rind is really what makes the grapefruit bitter.) Crumble the grapefruit sections up into a large bowl.

Peel and chop up the remaining fruit. Mix it all together. Add nuts and coconut, if desired.

Cover and store in fridge. Best when left overnight or all day to marinate.