Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fruit Salad with Orange Juice dressing

Whenever I plan to make fruit salad to go with an Indian themed lunch, my first choice usually is this fruit chaat salad. Last week when I was looking for something different, I came across a lot of recipes on food sites that used orange juice as a dressing. Most of them also tended to make the dressing too sweet and sugary for my taste. I was looking for something light and fruity with no added sugar.

So I decided to use the idea of orange juice in dressing but gave it my own twist by adding a little salt, chili powder and a touch of nutmeg. The orange juice added a lovely flavor to the fruit salad and the salad turned out to be mildly sweet with the natural sweetness from the fruits with a very mild hint of spice. I loved the salad and I am looking forward to making it often :-)

Fruit Salad with Orange Juice Dressing

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2 Red sweet apples peeled, cored and cut into small pieces
1 20 oz can of pineapple pieces (reserve the juice)
6 strawberries cut into small pieces
1/2 cup dark raisins

1/4 cup pineapple juice reserved from the can (see notes)
1/4 cup orange juice (see notes)
1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/4 tsp red chili powder (or to taste)
a pinch of nutmeg powder (optional)

In a large bowl, assemble all the fruits together and mix well.

In a small bowl, add items mentioned under dressing and mix well.
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Pour the dressing over the assembled fruits and mix again. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour or so, and serve cold.

Serves approximately 2 to 3

Both the orange juice and the pineapple juice reserved from the can of pineapple pieces that I buy have no added sugar. In case you use orange and pineapple juices that have added sugar you may need to use a little more chili powder to adjust for the added sweetness, if you do not want the fruit salad to be too sweet .
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