During the holidays, I had my girl friends over for lunch. Each of them brought a salad and I made the main entre, a grilled flat iron steak, served room temperature. Even though I didn’t specify what kind of salad to bring, they were all different!
My friend Lainie brought a very unusual, winter fruit salad. Spicy and sweet and so refreshing. Since plant proteins are one of the food trends for 2019, Lainie’s salad is a good start to add to your meals.
Spicy fruit salad
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and sliced
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice or to taste
2 cups peeled if you want, diced Granny Smith apple
2 cups diced fresh pineapple
2 firm, ripe bananas, sliced
1 cup each orange segments and grapefruit segments, cut up OR 2 cups jarred or fresh orange segments, drained if jarred
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro or to taste
Simmer sugar, water and jalapeno in a saucepan until sugar dissolves. Stir in lime juice and let sit until it cools to room temperature. Strain and chill.
Pour over fruit and cilantro and mix well.
Tip: Don’t pitch the pineapple core. Chunk it up and let it infuse in a pitcher of water. You’ll get a boost of vitamin C and a subtle sweetness. Plus pineapple is good for a sore throat. When we were kids, chilled pineapple juice was always in Mom’s arsenal of “potions” for sore throats.