Sister-Friend, there is nothing more refreshing than fresh fruit. Especially on a hot day, when your skin glistens with the tiniest bit of sweat, making you look like Kate Upton on a beach, rocking a bikini, only prettier...? I either have that moment or the moment where I feel like Shamu hoisted in the air while being washed by a team of 12 able-bodied people and/or an industrial-sized crane.
The two are really just so similar, I get them confused pretty easily.
This simple little recipe was something I truly stumbled on. One of those, "Hmm, I'm bored so I'll just throw some crap in a bowl and cross my fingers," dishes. However, when I tasted it, I was thrown back to my grandpa's kitchen as a small child, waiting for him to feed me (I was really a selfless child). It's weird how tastes can do that.
Balsamic Fruit Salad
1 lb. Strawberries
1 quart Blueberries, the smallest container
1 quart Blackberries, same
½ Large Orange
2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
Pink Salt (if available) & Pepper, to taste
3-4 Basil Leaves
First thing’s first: Wash all the fruit. You don’t know whose grubby little kids have been getting their disgusting germs all over that fruit and junk. Don’t be gross.
Start by dicing strawberries, orange slices, and apple into bite-size pieces. I love this dish because you can use whatever is on sale. However, do not use raspberries. They are a delicious gift from above but turn to mush pretty quickly when you use them in a fruit salad. Learn from me, children.
Squeeze a whole lemon over the fruit. Little trick: Roll the lemon on the counter with your palm before cutting; this breaks up all the pulp so you get more juice for your money. If you already knew this trick, lie to me and tell me how much I changed your life.
Toss the fruit with balsamic, salt & pepper, and some finely chopped basil. If you don’t have fresh basil, use about 2 teaspoons of dried basil. It will be just as delicious.
Side Note: I bought Pink Himalayan Salt at Trader Joe's because it was $1.99 and let's face it: I love anything that makes me feel superior to the common folk. However, I am so converted. This stuff is delicious and after a little research, is so nutritious! It is super high in mineral content and way better than plain, old table salt. Do it, people!
Chill the fruit salad for about 45 minutes to an hour and serve!
I hope you enjoy this delicious, tangy twist on an old favorite.