Best Summer Fruit Salad

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Let me introduce to you a fruit salad that everyone will rave about. We call it Triple Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing, but everyone else is calling it “Best Summer Fruit Salad” because it is. Whenever we bring it to a party or potluck, it’s always the first thing to disappear. One can’t resist the perfect combination of pineapple, kiwi and strawberries.

Did anyone else grow up thinking that fruit salad was just a bunch of different kinds of fruit mixed together in one bowl? There was never any dressing of any kind, and there was always too much cantaloupe! Cantaloupe in a fruit salad just makes everything else taste like cantaloupe. no thanks. It’s the perfect combination of our favorite summer fruit with an amazing lemon poppy seed dressing. Yum!

Do I have to add sugar to my best summer fruit salad? Why is there sugar?

Depending on ripeness, fruit contains different levels of natural sugars. When dealing with acidic fruits like pineapple and strawberries, sweeteners are often added to provide a more balanced flavor. It is best to taste the fruit before preparing the salad to see if it is on the sweet or sour side. Adding sugar or honey to the more acidic pineapple and a batch of strawberries helps balance the flavors.

How to cut a pineapple?

Not sure how to cut a pineapple? I do not blame you. Those fragile fruits could be beasts. A pineapple cutter might seem like a good idea, but pineapples come in all sizes and cores vary in thickness, so it doesn’t always work in practice.

Place pineapple on its side on a large cutting board. Cut off about 1/2 inch from the top and bottom (remove the large green stems at the top).

Stand the pineapple upright. Slice the unruly, bumpy skin with a sharp knife. Try to keep as much of the flesh intact as possible, but remove all the offending skin.

Pineapple pits are usually hard and inedible. Feel one end of the pineapple to see where the hardness begins. I usually use a blunt butter knife to make a little indentation to outline the core. If you’re dicing a pineapple, just cut off the big chunks, leaving the hard core, and dice. If you’re creating rings, you’ll be cutting slices and taking the core from each slice individually.