My good friend Michelle served this wonderfully fresh and surprisingly sweet fruit salad the other day at a evening meal get together. I say surprisingly sweet as the fruit was drenched in balsamic vinegar. See! Surprising, right? Now I have used balsamic reductions with fruit before but in the reducing process, much of the vinegar’s sour taste is cooked off and the syrup takes on a sweet form. So its more like adding a semi-sweet syrup to my fruit. But I have never used straight balsamic.
That said, I loved her salad so much it has become one of my go to snacks on hot days as well as a way to do something different for dessert for the family. Its simple, fast, fresh and pretty cost effective. Plus, the balsamic helps to brighten the fruit, especially if the fruit in the salad is under ripe. It enhances the flavors, especially strawberries, and gives an interesting but not overpowering bite at the end. All in all, delicious!
Fresh Fruit – pretty much any berry, but here is what I used
Strawberries – quartered
1 cup of cubed watermelon
1/4 of balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon of sugar
Putting It Together:
1. Toss all your fruit.
2. About 1/2 hour before serving, drizzle balsamic and sugar over the fruit.
3. Stir and let sit in the refrigerator.
4. Stir before serving.
You can add a bit more sugar to taste, if it is too sour to your liking. I find that when the fruit is slightly under ripe or just ripe, the extra sugar is not needed. But there was this one batch of strawberries that needed a little extra help. Michelle served it with a simple shortbread, homemade cookie but I think it works well all on its own. (The cookie was delicious though!) Give it a try and let me know what you think? I’m experimenting with other fruits as well. If you find one that you think pairs really well with the balsamic, I’d love to know.
See you next post!