Ah summer time, where the sun is shining, plants are wiltering, ice-blocks are melting & hippies are hippin’ – who can be bothered doing anything?
But the inevitable hunger pangs set in & some effort is required to satisfy them… this is where the Boozy Summer Fruit Salad comes into play.
Aussie fruit is at its best in summer time, stone fruit is growing larger than life & the sweet smells of farm-picked strawberries & cherries make their way to the Marrickville markets… life is good.
So with the tunes pumping in the background, you will have this salad whipped up before the end of the next song, guaranteed!
Fruit salads are great, but make sure you use fresh seasonal fruit & stay away from the boring standard fruit, such as bananas – I’m really loving greener-than-jade figs at the moment. They have a little bit of tartness on the outside, but are super delicious on the inside. Adding fresh herbs & vodka will give the salad that refreshing kick – it’s basically summer on a plate.
Boozy Summer Fruit Salad (MIM style)
What you need
1 plump mango
|1 large juicy peach
1 ruby red pomegranate
2 greener than jade figs
handful of sweet luscious cherries
couple sprigs of basil & mint leaves, chiffonnade
juice from half a small lemon
juice from 1 lime & a little zest
1 shot of vanilla vodka + extra for a little splashing…
1 tbps of agave nectar
1 tbps extra virgin olive oil
pinch of sea salt
Go for it…
Slice, dice, pip & taste test the fruit. Pop into a large mixing bowl, squeeze the juice of half a lemon over the fruit to keep fresh & a splash of vodka. Chiffonnade the herbs & pop in the bowl with the fruit.
Now for the dressing – grab a small glass jar with a lid, squeeze in the lime juice, along with a little of the zest, vodka, agave nectar, oil & salt – pop on the lid & shake, shake, shake. Pour over the fruit, mix with a spoon to dress, serve on a plate & enjoy!
You can use any sort of fruit & booze you like for this recipe – go crazy & use 2 different types of booze! For a more intense boozy experience, let your fruit soak in the booze for an hour in the fridge.