Q: This year the in-laws assigned me the fruit dish to accompany ham and baked potatoes. Traditionally, their fruit dish would be some sort of canned fruit cocktail in Jell-O. I'd like to make a fresh fruit salad, but I want to flex my culinary muscles, not just my knife skills! Do you have any ideas to make a fruit salad more cheffy?
Sent by Carolyn
Editor: Carolyn, there are a lot of directions you can go here! You could do a tropical fruit salad with a creamy sauce or a more formally composed salad with citrus and dates. My favorite spring fruit salad though is this one, which mixes spicy arugula with sweet strawberries and a luxurious ricotta topping:
• Strawberry-Arugula Salad with Ricotta Topping
Readers, what else would you recommend?
Related: Recipe: Asian Pear, Fresh Date, and Pomegranate Salad
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