This colorful combination of sweet and juicy fruit makes for a delicious dessert. It’s also a great breakfast and can serve as a tasty salad to go with any meal. Add some fresh mint, plus the orange, lime and honey dressing for a perfect compliment to the health-boosting fruit.
In “Life Changing Foods” by Anthony William, fruit is listed as one of four foods that can turn our lives arounds and heal our bodies. Here are a few of the powerful healing properties of fruit, according to his book, which make this an ideal recipe for both health and taste.
Wild Blueberries – The deep blue color of wild blueberries has the highest ratio of antioxidants in existence. Wildblueberries.com confirms that wild blueberries have twice the amount of antioxidants compared to cultivated blueberries. These antioxidants protect against brain inflammation, have anti-aging properties, and are disease-fighting.
Strawberries – Also high in antioxidants, strawberries help to rebuild, repair, and rejuvenate the body. They are high in vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system … something that is especially important during the cold and flu season.
Mangoes – Wonderful for stress assistance, mangoes are a natural sleep aid and have the ability to restore depleted neurotransmitters. They are soothing to the digestive system, support the skin, and even help to heal skin cancers.
Pears – Calming to the lining of the stomach and intestinal tract, pears help with a variety of digestion issues. The little granules in the pear’s flesh are loaded with phytonutrients, trace minerals, and amino acids. Pear also help to heal and rejuvenate the liver.
Pineapple – The healing properties in pineapple help to clean up and drive out mucus and toxins that build up in the livers. Pineapple helps to dissolve gallstones and are an excellent fruit to help detox our bodies.
How to Make
- Adding frozen wild blueberries will increase the nutritional impact of your salad compared to fresh cultivated blueberries. Once thawed, they will turn your salad a slight pink color, but I much prefer the double amount of antioxidants in wild blueberries. I like Wyman’s Wild Blueberries found at Walmart or Trader Joe’s Wild Blueberries.
- Hull and quarter about ½ pound of strawberries.
- Peel and cut 1 mango. You can follow these simple instructions on how to cut a mango.
- I leave the skin on my pears and core and slice it up.
- Cut up about ½ of a pineapple. Here are some helpful tips on how to cut a pineapple.
- To make the citrus dressing, I used fresh orange and lime zest. Zest is the colored outside portion of the peel. It brings the amazing citrusy flavor to the dressing. Just grate the colorful peel and not the white pith which is bitter. I use the fine grater on my box grater, or you can purchase a microplane for zesting citrus fruit. Use organic fruit for zesting to eliminate ingesting any chemicals on the skin of non-organic produce.
- Chop and add the mint just before serving. The mint can discolor over time.
Including a fruit salad into your diet is a powerful and delicious way to heal your body.
Fruit Salad with Citrus Honey Dressing
Ingredients1 cup frozen wild blueberries
1/2 pound strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 mango, peeled and cut into cubes
1 pear, core and cut into smaller pieces
1/2 pineapple, peeled, core and cut into small pieces
Citrus Honey Dressing:
2 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. orange zest
1 tsp. lime zest
2 tbsp. fresh-squeezed orange juice
1 1/2 tbsp. fresh line juice
- Add all the cut fruit to a large bowl, and if not cold already, chill for about 30 minutes.
- Prepare citrus-honey dressing by mixing all the honey, zests and citrus juice together. For the best flavor, use immediately after making.
- Pour the dressing over the fruit and sprinkle with chopped mint. Serve immediately.