My fruit salads are usually pretty lackluster. I try to grab whatever fruit is going to go bad soon, cut it up and squeeze a lemon over the top to prevent browning and serve. When Dr. David Zulberg contacted me about creating a fruit salad for his new book, I struggled a bit. It sounded so easy but it took me several tries to not only make a dressing recipe that’s tasty, but also very healthy. Some were too thick, others were too sweet, but I think I found the perfect combination!
As a mother, I try to avoid sugar and preservatives. My mother in law always calls fruit “nature’s candy”. So I wanted to make something that adds to the fruit and brings out natural flavors. My main goal was to add nutrients since we live a plant based lifestyle, I try to sneak omega 3’s in everywhere I can. Naturally, flaxseed oil and chia seeds were my first choice. I encourage you to buy fruit that is in season and use organic fruit if possible. This dish is great for a side dish to bring to a picnic or even as a no guilt dessert. I hope this fruit salad dazzles your tastebuds and nourishes your body.
2 teaspoons arrowroot powder
2 teaspoons flaxseed oil
1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1/4 cup plain or vanilla coconut milk yogurt
3/4 cup organic fruit juice–I used organic white pear
10 mandarin oranges peeled and separated
7 cups fresh fruit of your choice (I used strawberries, pears, nectarines and green grapes)
- Pour the organic fruit juice into a liquid measuring cup. You need about 3/4 cup fruit juice.
- In a small saucepan, whisk together the fruit juice, arrowroot powder, and agave nectar. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly. Cook for 2-3 minutes until thickened.
- Pour the mixture into a bowl to cool (you can let it cool in the pan but it will take longer). Once cooled to room temperature, stir in the coconut milk yogurt until smooth. Refrigerate until cool. It will thicken a bit more while cooling.
- In a large bowl, toss together the fresh fruit, flaxseed oil and chia seeds
- Pour the dressing over the top and stir to combine.
- Squeeze the lemon over the top to prevent browning