Fruit Salad

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 18, 2009

These days I’m trying to cut as many corners as I can without sacrificing the quality and healthiness factor of our food.  I’ve decided to make a fruit salad twice a week with the different fruits that I find on sale each week in the produce department.  I find myself cutting up a different piece of fruit every day for lunch and another for a snack.  Not really the most efficient use of my time.  So I thought, let’s do all the cutting at once (or twice) and make up a fruit salad.

This week’s salad includes blueberries, strawberries, mango, kiwi, peaches, nectarines and watermelon.  I simply cut up about half of what I buy and toss it all together.  The other half stays fresh in its own skin until a few days later when I cut up round 2 for the week.  Because the fruit is “ready” and “convenient,” we are eating more of it. 

I plan to continue this throughout the summer while the fruit prices are so low.  I’ll just get enough of the fruits that are on sale each week, and we’ll have a healthy, quick and inexpensive snacks all summer long!

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Teri June 18, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Erin! I love me some fruit salad! I hope you’ll stop by my blog today for a super-easy & tasty, budget-friendly salad dressing!

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Tiff June 18, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Good thinking. Great way to get the kids (& hubby) to snack healthfully. Love this blog, btw.
xo

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Robin (rsislandcrafts) June 18, 2009 at 1:58 pm

We do the same thing with our fruit expect we cut up the whole fruit in one shot. Our kids are older though (10,18,21) so it goes pretty quick. Sometimes I keep each fruit in a separate container for those picky eaters.

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Denise June 18, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Keeping cut up fruit on hand comes in handy for throwing together a quick smoothie! Add some vanilla yogurt and a few ice cubes and presto, fruit smoothie. Put the leftovers in popsicle molds for a tasty treat later. If you don’t have enough, add a little to several of the molds and add more leftovers later for a layered effect.

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Org Junkie June 18, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Erin do you add any liquid to yours?

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Erin June 18, 2009 at 2:35 pm

I only add a few splashes of lemon juice if I include apples or bananas. Otherwise no!

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Emily June 18, 2009 at 2:41 pm

YUM!! This looks so good! I always have the good intention of cutting up my fruit for fruit salad, or just so it is ready to eat, but have a hard time following through with it. This is an inspiration to me today!

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momlovesbeingathome June 18, 2009 at 4:03 pm

That looks good enough to eat right off the screen! ;) I love fruit. I’m bad about not buying it enough though. I need to do better and do things like this! :)

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Marie June 18, 2009 at 5:47 pm

…and it doesn’t get brown or go bad by the time you finish the entire bowl ?

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Erin June 18, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Nope. If Iadd bananas or apples, I’ll add a few splashes of lemon juice.

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Debbie June 18, 2009 at 6:30 pm

How yummy that looks! Great idea to cut it up and mix together. Maybe my husband will eat more fruit if I have it available like this. Love the variety and also purchasing when in season and on sale.

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Sarah E. June 18, 2009 at 8:37 pm

Looks yummy! My daughter can’t have milk, so I mix her fruit salad with soy yogurt to add some calcium…good stuff!

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Angie June 18, 2009 at 10:10 pm

I love to make this too but I add honey and fresh lemon juice—it’s wonderful!!

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Erin June 19, 2009 at 7:17 am

I just set that picture as my desktop background it looks so good! My mom is in the practice of keeping fruit salads around. I really ought to start.

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Debbie June 19, 2009 at 10:40 am

I loved this fruit salad so much, I put a link to it on Heart Choices today (Friday).

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Jen June 19, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Looks delicious!

Fruit salad– Yummy, Yummy. Fruit Salad– Yummy, Yummy. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy Fruit Salad!

I can’t help myself, whenever I hear/see the words Fruit Salad, all I can think of is The WIggles!

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Kara June 30, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Thanks for the inspiration to eat more fruit. BTW, you might want to try Mexican style fruit salad – it’s delicious. Just serve pieces of fruit over a small mound of cottage cheese, sprinkle with some raisins and sunflower seeds, and drizzle honey over the top. Yum!

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BB July 7, 2009 at 11:43 am

Can you freeze this fruit salad (if you don’t put bananas or apples in there)?

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Erin July 7, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Yep…could be frozen and used for smoothies. Bananas can be frozen…apples can be, but I don’t recommend it!

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