This Independence Day fruit salad is a patriotic way to enjoy a refreshing treat.
It won't be long before our American friends are celebrating the birth of their nation. This 4th of July, impress your family and guests with this wonderfully patriotic fruit salad. With fresh fruits, and a little craftiness, this can be just the added touch your Independence Day celebrations need.
This recipe calls for a liqueur to be used in its preparation; however, if you are avoiding alcohol or are concerned about serving this to little ones, this can be swapped with a fruit nectar. My favourite substitute is pear nectar. It's relatively clear and blends well with the flavours of the other fruits.
Happy Fourth of July!
(Makes 8 servings)
1/4 cup Triple sec (or Cointreau, Grand Marnier or other fruit-flavoured liqueur)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon monk fruit sweetener (or granulated sugar)
1, 4lb to 5lb seedless watermelon (Bijou or small Sugar Baby variety)
3 cups blueberries
3 cups raspberries
fresh mint sprigs for garnish (optional)
In a small bowl combine the Triple sec, lemon juice, and sweetener. Stir until the sweetener dissolves. Set aside.
Cut a cold watermelon into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Using a 1, 3/4-inch star-shaped cookie cutter, cut out as many stars as possible from the flesh of the watermelon. Discard the rind. Store in an airtight bowl in the refrigerator.
In a salad bowl, add the blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries then gently mix. Pour the Triple sec mixture over the fruit and toss to combine.
Cover the bowl with clingwrap and refrigerate for about an hour, giving it a gentle mix every 10 to 15 minutes. Immediately prior to serving, add the watermelon stars and gently toss the fruit salad. Garnish with fresh mint (optional) and serve.
Nutritional Information Per Serving:
total calories = 110 | total fat = 0.5g | saturated fat = 0.03g | cholesterol = 0mg | sodium = 0.75mg | net carbohydrates = 27.33g | dietary fibre = 4.85g | sugars = 19.08g | protein = 1.49g