Fall Fest 2010: Harvest Fruit Salad

A looooooonggggg time ago, I posted a recipe for a fruit salad that I loved to make. That was back before I really knew anything about blogging, back when I had one faithful reader! Since then, my blog has definitely improved (at least, I think it has!), and so has this recipe. There’s nothing wrong with the original, but I’ve settled on a way to make it that suits me and my family… and is still Quick and Easy, Cheap and Healthy! And it’s still one of my favorite ways to serve fruit for dinner – it’s dressy enough to serve to guests, but easy enough to make for a family weeknight dinner.

And… it’s perfect for fall!

Apples, especially, but also pears, are abundantly available this time of year. Combine that with some cinnamon and you have all the flavor of an apple pie without all the work. So many people rave about Honeycrisp apples – and they are delicious apples, I agree! – but I love Crispin apples, too, which is what I used in my fruit salad today. You can  use pretty much any apple, but the best ones are the sweet and crisp varieties. A firm, crisp pear is also your best bet, to match the crunch of the apple. I always use raw honey in this salad, read here (another post from the archives!) for some reasons why.

The quantity of ingredients below will make approximately 2 servings. It’s so easy to double, though; just double the fruit. You may or may not need to double the honey and cinnamon – let your taste guides be the judge!

The New and Improved Better than Fruit Salad
1 apple (any crisp and sweet variety)
1 firm pear
1 tsp raw honey
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 TBSP dried cranberries (optional)

Wash and chop the apple and pear. Place in serving bowl. Stir in honey until all pieces are coated. Stir in cinnamon until well distributed. Gently toss in cranberries. Chill until ready to serve.

Don’t worry about coating the apples with lemon juice. I never do with this recipe, because the honey seems to do the trick as long as I refrigerate it in a covered dish and serve within a few hours.

I love it when I can offer you a recipe that is truly QUICK, EASY, CHEAP and HEALTHY all at once! Add it to your menu repertoire, and you won’t be sorry!