Sometimes the simplest things are the ones that taste the best. This is not a complicated dish, and so easy. I feel like I’m having desert, but without all those unwanted calories. Pineapple and coconut definitely pair very well together. I have been using food companions for about 5 years in my recipe formulations. I learned of this concept through a book my husband bought for me called, “The Flavor Bible”. I simply love this book!
Please feel free to make your own version of this using seasonal ingredients. This concept will improve flavor and decrease your food dollars. Everyone loves that! Have you ever bought a hot house tomato in December? Yuk! They have no flavor because they aren’t in season.
Please use fresh pineapple when making this dish, it does make a difference. I admit, I don’t like buying anything in a can these days if I don’t have to (see link: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_6472.cfm ). If you have never bought fresh pineapple before, you might consider it, because it is inexpensive for one, and completely loaded with bromelain, sulfur, Vitamin C, and B vitamins that are good for our bodies. As an added bonus, pineapple tastes wonderful in a wide variety of dishes and desserts.
Gluten Free Fall Fruit Salad Delight
|Prep time||10 minutes|
|Dietary||Casein Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, GMO Free, Raw Food Diet, Vegan, Vegetarian|
|Meal type||Side Dish, Snack|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Healthy Snacks, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold|
|By author||Melissa Belser|
|Serving Size 119 g|
|Based on a 2000 calorie diet|
|Per Serving||% Daily Value|
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla (pure)
- 1 Teaspoon almond extract
- 1 Cup fresh pineapple (peeled, cored and cubed)
- 1 Cup red grapes (halved)
- 2 Small clementines (peeled)
- 1 Medium crisp apple (varieties such as: Fuji, Gala or Honeycrisp)
- 2 Tablespoons finely shredded coconut (Organic, unsulfured)
- 1/3 cup slivered almonds
Coconut flakes are typically treated with added sulfites. Please use organic varieties if this is a problem for you, and always check the label.