Bonjour, mes beaux amis!!!
It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged, but I have a good reason: LIFE. Sometimes it totally gets in the way of stuff, and this was one of those times. I caught a nasty cold, had family come to town to visit, went out of town myself… yeah, it’s been a busy couple of months!
However, just like Spring, I’m back!
Last weekend, I was on my way out of town and realized that I had some fresh fruit in the fridge that would probably die soon if I didn’t eat it all. So what better way to enjoy fruit and be so happy for the spring season than with a fabulous fruit salad! We’re not talking the fruit salads of yesteryear, with mini-marshmallows and/or any bizarre combination of a gelatinous pudding or custard, or even worse, MIRACLE WHIP… sorry, not sorry and not a fan.
No, but rather, this little fruit salad I threw together is fresh, sweet and herbacious. And of course, like almost any dessert, a little homemade whip cream can make it even better. I think you will love it – ENJOY!
- 1/2 lb fresh strawberries
- 3 ripe kiwis
- 8 oz fresh blueberries
- 2 cups frozen mango (I use frozen because why not, and fresh are a huge pain to cut up, amiright?!)
- 2 TB fresh chopped mint
- 2 TB fresh chopped thyme
- 2 TB fresh basil chiffonade
- juice of 1 lemon
For homemade whip cream:
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream (keep cold or in fridge until right before you make the whip cream)
- 1 1/2 TB powdered sugar
- Slice the strawberries and kiwis into pieces that are about the same size. I prefer to cut them about 1 1/2 ” x 1 1/2″ or so. Combine these in a bowl.
- Add in the chopped mango pieces. *Sidenote: if the mango pieces are really big or much bigger than the strawberry/kiwi pieces, cut them down too. Just makes for more even bites and spoonfuls. 🙂
- Chop the mint and destem the thyme leaves, and chiffonade the basil. Add these to the fruit mixture.
- Juice one lemon (be careful not to let the seeds fall!) into the fruit mixture.
- Toss all of the ingredients together to evenly distribute each ingredient.
- For homemade whip cream, pour heavy cream into deep/tall bowl.
- Add the powdered sugar to heavy cream.
- With a hand mixer, stand mixer or by hand, whip the cream with whisk until stiff peaks form.
- For a hand mixer or stand mixer, use your whisk attachment and whip for approximately 4 minutes. **Another sidenote: if your heavy cream is a bit old, it may take longer for it to whip.
- If you decide to whip the heavy cream by hand, use a metal whisk to beat the cream non-stop until the peaks form. Depending on how hard/fast you whip the cream, this could take from 3 to 5 minutes and some sweat, not to mention a tired arm!
- Add as little or as much whip cream as you want on top of your fruit salad. Because WHIP.CREAM.
And voila – a fresh and light snack or dessert for any day!!
I PROMISE I’ll be back soon with more updates and more YouTube videos. Until then, take care of yourselves!!
♥ – G2GS