Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Fruit fusion (salad)

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)

37 comments:

divya said...

Such a lovely pic, really attractive color and very tempting too…looks mouthwatering

JishasKItchen said...

hey enjoyed reading your post...:)...awesome presentation and beautiful pics too...:)..yum yum

Nostalgia said...

Beautiful pictures. I am always amazed how Ro reads all this and then puts up with you :) (kidding)

I absolutely agree that if these are not had quickly they will ferment the sweet fruits become bitter. Literally! It is crazy though how my husband likes them too inspite of, like you said, having so much of it in mallu weddings :) Some things never change!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Ha...I love reading your words dear...Fruit salad is yumm...

R said...

that's a refreshing take on fruit salads! luv it.

Satrupa said...

The picts are freaking cute .... looks like spring has arrived :)

Torviewtoronto said...

colourful salad looks delicious

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Delicious salad,yummy...love the clicks.

Nithu said...

Definitely, u r not mean...:)
Loved ur post and the fruit salad. As u said, even I am a little selfish when it comes to cooking. Most of the times, I don't cook what I don't like..hehe..

Asha said...

Ha... I just love reading your post and many times I find myself in that position which makes me laugh... Great pics by the way...

Swathi said...

Beautiful clicks as always, fruit salad yumm. Story behind making of fruit salad is funny. I too get forget the things after having a elaborate shopping. Hubby says i love to visit the shop everyday if I am not visiting them they will be out of business.

Deepti said...

yummy fruit salad....Yes to it anytime..

http://panchamrutham.blogspot.com/

Biny Anoop said...

wow loved readg abt ur day.....no u r not mean.....Ro is surely lucky ..the salad is a treat to all my senses.
hey thx for the tip

Rumana Rawat said...

Beautiful click. why dont u send it to my event:)
http://rumanarawat.blogspot.com/2011/03/treat-to-eyes-series-2.html

Padhu said...

Colorful and yummy salad .Beautiful pictures

Priya said...

Colourful and truly inviting fusion salad,can guess how its hard to peel the grapefruits..

kitchenmorph said...

very well-written post at hubby's cost! i loved reading it and awesome pics too...

i know both of you..i mean you and roshan...me from ktm too...no, you may not remember me. i happen to have a good memory with faces and names!
tht's dribble and lemme stop.

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Sanjeeta kk said...

Love that fruit medley out there! Lovely colors and just perfect for the summer.

Sushma Mallya said...

Love the vibrant colours in the bowl..Looks delicious!

Vimitha Anand said...

Nice write up and beautifully presented yummy salad...

dl.blogspot said...

Besides the wonderfull food, i looooove all the pictures you make! X

Suja Sugathan said...

Beautiful presentation dear, refreshing salad.

schmetterlingwords said...

Hi Nisha, I always looks fwd to your posts. One, for the beautiful clicks and two, there wud be some interesting story that I cud relate to with. This is one such post.. Lovely written and bright medley of colours. :-)

By the way, I somehow managed to hunt down Argentinian Dulce de Leche. :-)) It is sooo yummy. Last weekend, I made muffins out of it. Thanks for your easy recipe. It was a huge hit with my hubby and guests :-)

Yummy Team said...

Enjoyed your write-up, Nisha..Love this colorful salad..Brilliant shots!!

Kairali sisters said...

Colorful!!!I can eat this anytime Nisha...Cool pictures tto..

Gulmohar said...

perfect blend of colors :-) Sometimes simple things are the best :-)

blogbytina.com said...

wow what a beautiful and healthy dessert!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

LOL !!! when He told you that he is eating entire tree for the dinner :-)
Loved reading your post.... Your salad pics are breathtaking.... very refreshing salad

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Ananda Rajashekar said...

ha ha fun read and very pretty post, glasses fruits, colour those purple flowers beauty! I'm never a fruit person, until unless there is some chat masala in it, this one for me to try!

Only Fish Recipes said...

first time here...wow....your presentations and clicks r just too amazing...a simple salad recipe looks just awesome...glad to visit ur space n to follow u !

Kankana said...

so refreshing !!! and pretty to look at :)

Elli D. said...

The pictures are great, it looks so fresh and tasty. Fruit salads are the best, refreshing, tasty, healthy and easy to make. I know that it is not the healthiest thing to do, but I sometimes pour a few drops of rum into my fruit salads :-).

Prathima Rao said...

Refreshing & a delightful treat!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Jaisy James said...

wow yummy and superbb presentation lovely clicks

Foodie Ann said...

Beautiful concoction of colors Nisha... Absolutely beautiful to look at.....and yea Tell me about it, all the fruit salad served during christian wedding LOL ...

Joanna said...

great fruits, great colours and lots of good health coming in a form o a dessert.

Sunshinemom said...

Congrats on the win at dmblgit! The composition is lovely.