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Honey of a Fruit Salad

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Honey of a Fruit Salad

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Yield: 8 side-dish servings
  • Prep 35 mins
  • Chill 30 mins

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Sneak some chili powder into the honey-papaya dressing for this fruit salad to give this classic side dish a whole new flavor.


  • Honey and Spice Dressing (see recipe below)
  • 1 10 - ounce package fresh spinach, stems removed and torn (8 cups)
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup pineapple or banana chunks
  • 1 cup sliced, peeled peaches, pears, nectarines, orange sections, and/or cubed cantaloupe or honeydew melon
  • 1 cup seedless green and/or red grapes, halved
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts


  1. Prepare the Honey and Spice Dressing. Cover; chill in the refrigerator while preparing the salad.
  2. To serve, in a very large bowl, place spinach, strawberries, pineapple, peaches, grapes, blueberries, and pecans. Toss to combine. Drizzle with some of the dressing (about 1/2 cup). Toss to coat evenly. Pass remaining dressing. Store any remaining dressing, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Dressing could be served with fresh fruit. Makes 8 side-dish servings.

Honey and Spice Dressing


  • 1 ripe medium papaya (1-1/4 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded lime peel
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons salad oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Peel papaya; cut in half lengthwise. Remove seeds; coarsely chop papaya; measure 1-1/4 cups. In a food processor bowl or blender container, combine the chopped papaya, honey, lime peel, lime juice, salad oil, chili powder, and salt. Cover; blend or process until smooth. Cover; chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to 3 days. Makes about 1-1/4 cups.

Nutrition Facts

(Honey of a Fruit Salad)

Servings Per Recipe 8, Fat, total (g) 9, sat. fat (g) 1, fiber (g) 6, sodium (mg) 83, iron (mg) 3, cal. (kcal) 169, calcium (mg) 50, vit. C (mg) 53, pro. (g) 2, vit. A (IU) 2089, carb. (g) 24

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