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A wonderful way to get the kids (or yourself) to eat lots of fresh fruit. This version is Springy, but the same salad can be made with melons and peaches in Summer, or apples and bananas in Winter. It's easy, and thanks to the VANILLA SUGAR, it tastes great. The key to this recipe is good fresh fruit---no soggy or hard green fruit allowed. Remember that sugar acts as a softener as well as a sweetener---slightly under ripe fruit will taste soft and sweet after just a few minutes in VANILLA SUGAR.

  • 1 large juicy ripe pineapple-see *TIP*-below
  • 2 quarts red ripe strawberries
  • 3 TB. VANILLA SUGAR (a bit more or less, depending on your taste and the sweetness of the fruit)

Cut the top and rind off the pineapple and discard. Cut the four sides off the core. At this point see if there are any small bits of good pineapple left on the core or outside bits that still have a bit of skin on them. Carefully cut off these bits and toss in a small bowl to use for the ham glaze, if you are making the Easter brunch. Discard the core. Cut the pineapple into chunks about the size of a quartered strawberry. Place in a large bowl, toss with 2 TB. VANILLA SUGAR. Wash strawberries gently. Cut the blossom end off the strawberries, then slice into quarters, place on top of the pineapple and sprinkle with the remaining VANILLA SUGAR. 3 TB. of VANILLA SUGAR is just an estimate, you may use more or less depending on how sweet and soft the fruit is. Gently toss the salad every few minutes until serving time. The colors of the bright red strawberries and beautiful golden pineapple are wonderful in a clear cut glass bowl.

Serves: 8
Prep. time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 0

*TIP* It is easy to pick nice ripe strawberries, but fruit like pineapple is tougher. I rely on my nose - pineapple that is ripe - or nearly so- will smell wonderfully pineapplly when held to your nose. If it is squishy, it is too ripe. Placing a pineapple upside down (lean it against a kitchen cabinet) hastens ripening. The nose trick works great for cantalope too, and peaches. In fact, when you enter the produce section and you detect the aroma of peaches, strawberries or any other fruit for that matter - head straight over to that section and buy some - they're calling you.

Vanilla Sugar 3.4 oz. 1/2 cup jar

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