Making kids to eat fruits is really tough at times. One of the easiest and simplest ways to make them enjoy fruits is to toss them into a fruit salad and serve it. Ensure to add some cheese to the salad to transform it into a complete meal. You can even add some nuts, preferably roasted to add a crunch to the salad.
5 Fabulous Fruit Salad Recipes To Woo Your Kids:
Salads make wonderful snack options and can even be packed into your lunchbox as a meal too. Here are 5 such fruit salad recipes that I make for the kids. Read on to know more:
1. Star Fruit Salad:
This recipe gets its name from the way fruits are shaped. They are cut into the shape of stars. This one is a simple mix of 3 fruits. Just sprinkle salt to taste and a little bit of pepper, and serve it to the kids. Make sure you grate a little Parmesan atop the salad, just before serving.
- Watermelon – 2 cups, cut into stars
- Kiwi – 1 cup, cut into stars
- Cantaloupe – 1 cup, cut into stars
- Lemon – 1 tsp
- Salt – to taste
- Black pepper – a pinch
- In a small mixing bowl, add lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
- Using a spoon, mix well to ensure even blending.
- Add fruits to a large mixing bowl. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Divide equally into 6 plates, garnish with a little cheese, and serve.
2. Frozen Fruit Salad:
An ideal summer dessert, kids will get addicted to this salad the very first time itself. It is a simple, yet versatile recipe. You can use the canned fruits of your choice. However, fresh fruits will give you a fresh lease of flavor.
- Oranges – 1 can, drained
- Pineapple – 1 can, crushed, drained
- Peach pie filling – 1 can
- Sweetened condensed milk – 1 can
- Walnuts – 1 cup, chopped
- Whipped cream – 8 ounces
- Mix pie filling with condensed milk in a medium sized mixing bowl, using the backside of a flat spoon.
- Mix in orange and pineapples and mix well.
- Fold in the nuts.
- Add whipped cream and mix carefully and gently.
- Transfer to a rectangular baking pan. Cover the mixture and freeze until the mixture solidifies and can be cut.
- Thaw for 10 minutes, cut into squares, and serve.
3. Mango Pineapple Duet:
Give your kids a treat with this healthy and flavor-rich fruit salad. With freshest of the mangoes and pineapples, it is totally free from artificial ingredients. It is an ideal summer delight to keep the mischievous bunch at complete ease.
- Ripe mangoes – 2 cups, cubed
- Pineapple – 1 cup, cubed
- Lemon juice – ½ cup
- Orange juice – 1 cup
- Whipped cream – for serving
- Mint – for garnishing
- In a large mixing bowl, add pineapples and ripe mangoes.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk lemon and orange juice thoroughly.
- Pour the juice mixture over the fruits and toss well.
- Serve in small transparent ice cream cups, topped with whipped cream and a mint sprigs.
4. Apple Coleslaw:
Give the classic coleslaw a fruity touch with this recipe. And, I am sure your kids will be after you for serving after serving. While I have used Granny Smith and Washington apples in this recipe, you can even use watermelons and pineapples. Make sure there are nuts also in the coleslaw for an added crunchy taste.
- Granny Smith apples – ½ cup, peeled, diced
- Washington apples – ½ cup, peeled, diced
- Carrot – 1, medium sized, peeled, finely chopped
- Red grapes – ½ cup, sliced
- Walnuts – 2 tbsp, toasted
- Almonds – 2 tbsp, toasted
- Mayonnaise – 1/3 cup
- Honey – 1/3 cup
- Lemon juice – 1 tbsp, freshly squeezed
- In a large mixing bowl, toss apples with grapes and carrot.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk mayonnaise, honey, and lemon juice well.
- Pour over the fruits and toss.
- Fold in nuts.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours and serve in chilled bowls along with some crunchy bread or cheese sticks.
5. Dry Fruits And Nuts Salad:
This is one of the simplest fruit salads I have ever prepared for my kids. This particular one uses sugarcoated fruits, golden raisins, dates, dried mango, and many more. These are also healthy too. The cashews, walnuts, coconut flakes, and almonds add a crunch to the salad.
- Tutti fruity – ¼ cup, mixed [choose orange, red, yellow, green]
- Golden raisins – ¼ cup
- Dates – ½ cup, finely chopped
- Dried pineapple bits – ¼ cup
- Dried mango bits – ¼ cup
- Almonds – ¼ cup, toasted
- Cashews – ¼ cup, broken toasted
- Coconut flakes – 2 tbsp
- Honey – 2 tbsp
- Add all the ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
- Pour in the honey and using a spoon, mix well to ensure even coating.
- Serve immediately along with whipped cream or ice cream.
The 5 fruit salad recipes that have been mentioned above are appealing and appeasing to the kids. They are also equally good to be served as healthy desserts at a party. You can come up with your own variations. Just mix and match fruits and dressing of your choice and put together your own fruit salad. It is always better to avoid sugar in the dressing, especially because the fruits come with loads of fructose. So, what are you waiting for? Start preparing and woo your little ones.
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