You know what I realised, I have never posted a salad recipe here, in spite of eating them on a regular basis. It probably is because I very rarely make a salad from scratch. As in I pick up the mixed salad packet from the supermarket and then just add some dressing (whatever it is I feel, to be precise) and I'm good to go. Ro usually ruins the salad by adding enormous quantities of Italian or ranch dressing and makes is as unhealthy as you can imagine. Like that's not enough, he comes up with smart-ass things like, 'oh my god I'm eating an entire tree for dinner.' And then I stopped making salads for him, but when I eat, he'd dig into it and then not finish what's on his plate, ending up in arguments about whether to keep them back in the fridge and then throw it out after a couple of days or just spare me the time and effort and throw it out now itself. Its like having a frikkin 3 year old at home (ironic because he refers to me that way).
So this 3 year old that I'm talking about, has been bugging me to make fruit salad at home. I keep putting it off giving lame excuses like 'what??? fruit salad? weren't you sick of eating it back in India at all the Christian mallu weddings.' And then when we have invited people over and I'm thinking out loud about the menu Ro would sweetly chime in, 'please make fruit salad and custard or ice-cream for dessert.' My are-you-kidding-me look would stop him from further interactions. Oh yes, I'm a mean, mean wife, to say the least! I know wives who bend backwards to serve the husbands, especially their food needs. Me, not one of them. In fact I'm so damn selfish that I never buy things I don't like (fish tops the list).
Today also, this happened by fluke. I would never make fruit salad. For one, I think its an absolute waste of fruits. Why would you want to put them all together when you have the privilege of delving into each and every one of them separately and enjoying it a whole lot more? Two, if you don't eat it immediately after you make it, it becomes the most horrid thing to devour..the fruits start fermenting and you have no choice but to throw it out.
I was out galavanting and on my way back stopped at the supermarket cos I was out of milk. Instead of just going straight to the particular isle and picking it up, I get carried away to the fruit section. Saw these pretty clementines still with the leaves and such, strawberries on a roll back, mangoes (not yet in season though) and pink grapefruit (something I was totally intrigued by) and picked it all up. What was supposed to be a one pound bill, ended up being a tenner...all for Ro, if ever he asks me why I do grocery shopping every day (for just the 2 of us), and sometimes even twice a day (like today because obviously i forgot to buy important things like coffee and eggs, and then Ro had to make a trip at 8.30pm).
The grapefruit was a bit of a disaster since I had no clue how to peel it or chop it or whatever, but managed somehow. They are the prettiest pink ever :). But on the whole, it was a breeze to put together and I added some zing to it with a few other ingredients which made it yummy.
Mango- 1, sliced into cubes
Strawberries- 1 cup- hulled, halved and then quartered
Pink grapefruit- 1, peeled, chopped (please google for instructions on how to do this)
Clementines- 2, small, peeled
Coriander leaves- 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
Caster sugar- 2 tbsp (or more if you want it really sweet)
Lime juice- 1 tsp (or more is you please)
Salt- a generous pinch
Put all the ingredients in a salad bowl and toss well to combine.
Refrigerate for a while and then serve in individual glasses as it is, or with some chilled Greek/flavoured yogurt.
Notes: The addition of salt was such a brilliant idea. I mean I loved it so so much. Avoid if you are not too sure.
PS: OMG I cant believe I wrote all this shit for one fruit salad. Ro loved it nonetheless. Not that mean a wife after all huh? (please say yes)