It’s summer, it’s hot and we’re constantly looking for, and creating, recipes that are delicious, colourful and that help keep us cool! While my parents have returned home now (from their almost 4 month visit), they left us with a few new habits.
Healthy refreshing fruit!
We always have fruit in the fridge and the fruit bowl, but for some reason, we don’t always eat as much as we should. My parents changed that while they were here. Back in the Azores, they have a decent sized orchard, so they’re used to having lots of seasonal fruit. They don’t sell any of it, so they end up giving lots of it to friends and family in our town… and of course, they eat lots. During their stay, they made sure we were fully stocked all the time and that fruit was a part of every meal. Even the boys were having more fruit than usual (thanks grandma and grandpa).
In this recipe, we’re just giving you an idea of quantities for fruit salad, but really, anything goes. You don’t need a recipe for fruit salad. The key to a successful fruit salad is to use fresh fruit that you love and is ripe, but not too ripe. Chop a bunch of it in a bowl, add a little flavour if you like, and voilà… a perfect fruit salad!
Using locally grown fruit is usually a good bet because it’s fresher and hasn’t bounced around in boxes during a long journey. For today’s recipe, we gave our fruit salad a little twist to make it more grown-up 🙂 If you’re making this for guests, make half with and half without our twist, so the kids can enjoy the fruit salad as well… just make sure to label the grown-up bowl–kids shouldn’t eat the boozy version of this dessert!
The twist is Icewine… if you’ve never tried icewine, what are you waiting for? Icewine is produced in cold regions of the world. Here in Canada, we’re fortunate to have just the right climate for producing lots of this delicious dessert wine. Icewine is a type of dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine.
For this recipe, if you don’t have icewine, try using any other grape-based sweet alcoholic beverage. In the Azores, we have a grape based-dessert wine called Angelica that’s perfect in this fruit salad. As I mentioned before, anything goes for fruit salad, so use our version, experiment with other liqueurs or leave out the booze all-together.
This summer, have something fruity and refreshing; give it your own twist, and always eat well, friends!
Grown–up Fruit Salad with Icewine
A refreshing fruit salad with a twist. Icewine (dessert wine) gives this fruit salad a wonderful grown-up flavour. A perfect summer dessert (not for kids).
Author: Nelson Cardoso
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Serves: 4 to 6 servings
- ½ cup icewine
- ¼ cup pure orange juice
- 2 Tbsp packed brown sugar
- 1 cup blackberries
- ½ cup raspberries
- 1 nectarine, peeled, pit removed and sliced
- 1 mandarine (about ¾ cups), seeded and cut in small pieces
- ½ cup blueberries,
- 1½ cup strawberries, hulled and sliced
- 1 cup cantaloupe, peeled and cut in small pieces
- 1 small to medium banana, peeled and sliced into half wheels
- Make sure all exposed fruit is rinsed
- In a large measuring cup, whisk together the icewine, orange juice and brown sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Place this measuring cup with the sauce in the fridge for 20 minutes to chill.
- Place all the fruit in a large bowl (follow chopping/slicing/peeling/pitting instructions in the ingredient list).
- Pour the sauce over the fruit and gently mix with a large spoon to coat all the fruit.
- Refrigerate for one hour and serve. Make sure to spoon some of the sauce over each serving.
Some of the fruit may start to loose it's shape or brown because of the sauce. We recommend serving this fruit salad within a few hours.