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SOUTH AFRICAN CHOPPED FRUIT SALAD

SOUTH AFRICAN CHOPPED FRUIT SALAD

I know South Africans will probably think it’s silly that I submit something as common as a fruit salad recipe! However, ever since we immigrated to America, I realized we have been taking a good bowl of fruit salad, for granted. I learned making good fruit salad from my mother and mother-in-law. All the fruit must be chopped into small pieces, and then mixed together with granadilla pulp and finally, squeezing the juice from a couple of oranges over it. I am drooling thinking of the aroma of those ingredients as you mix it together.
So, when we moved to America I was quite shocked when I ordered fruit salad at a restaurant. I was surprised to even see it on a menu but very happy. Then the bowl of ‘fruit salad’ came. Huge pieces of cantaloupe, pineapple, halved strawberries, and grapes. What??? Of course, when in Rome do like the Romans do and accept it that you are in another country now. But very soon I was serving ‘real’ fruit salad to my American guests and getting huge complements.
I explained to them that the idea behind the chopped fruit is that you get a piece of every fruit in every scoop.. in your mouth! The combination is heavenly.
When they said, “Oh, you just chop and add whatever fruit you would like? Like cantaloupe and grapes and…” I stopped them. “No, the fruits must complement each other. The combination of Apple, Pineapple, Bananas, Papaya, Oranges and granadilla’s compliment each other perfectly!”
  • 2 apples, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • toss with a teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 2 cups of chopped pineapple
  • 3 bananas, cut into slices
  • toss with a teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 medium sized papaya, cut into small pieces
  • 2 oranges, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • pulp of 4 granadillas
  • juice of two oranges
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Mix the fruit and add granadilla pulp.
Sprinkle the sugar over the fruit.
Add orange juice and mix lightly.
Let it chill in the fridge for half an hour.
Serve with whipped cream.

Note:
We are just two people in our household now, just my husband and I, so when making this amount of fruit salad, I know we are going to enjoy it several days in a row. So, I do not add the bananas in the big bowl, I add bananas to each portion before serving.

Recipe and Photo: Drienie Hattingh

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