Easy Tricks to Make a Delicious Fruit Salad

A great way to get fit for spring is to eat healthfully. A healthy diet can still be delicious, especially if you include a lot of great tasting and good-for-you fruits. Hickory Farms has found a few tips to help you create some delectable fruit salads your whole family can enjoy this season.

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When possible, buy fruit in season from local vendors to ensure its freshness. Spring is a good time to buy fresh strawberries, so make sure you pick up a pint or two to add their juicy sweetness to your fruit salad.

Select fruits with the same degree of ripeness so their texture is similar. Overripe fruit doesn’t hold its integrity in a fruit salad and can make it mushy. Fruit that hasn’t ripened enough can be too tart and hard to chew.

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The most visibly appealing fruit salads have vibrantly colored fruits for extra contrast. Think bright pink watermelon, purple grapes, dark red cherries mingling with fresh blueberries, bright green slices of kiwi and juicy peaches.

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Take the time to remove seeds and pits from your fruity bites, and consider skinning your fruits as well. It’s also a good idea to keep the bites uniform in size, so it’s easier to eat. Try to use the same amount of each fruit while making the salad so everybody gets a little of each.

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When all the fruit is mixed together, pump up the volume a bit by spritzing the whole bowl with lemon or lime juice. Not only does it jazz up the flavor but the citrus juice keeps the fruit from discoloring in the refrigerator.

 

Hickory Farms Fresh Fruit Trio Gift Box is full of three essential must-haves for any fruit salad – mouthwatering Mandarin oranges, luscious Comice pears and sweet and juicy Fuji apples.

No matter the season, when you order from Hickory Farms, you’ll always get the freshest high-quality ingredients available anywhere. Call 800.753.8558 and place your order today for a speedy home delivery.

 

Bountiful Tastings: Baby Shower Fruit Baskets

A bountiful fruit plate is a light and healthy dish perfect for any spring baby shower. Rather than simply placing fruit on a platter, you can transform your fruit display into a fun decorative item that matches the shower’s theme. Add a truly unique design to your baby shower buffet with these fun ideas.

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Why put fruit in an ordinary bowl when you can serve it in a baby fruit carriage?

Starting with a watermelon, cut off most of the top half of the melon, leaving a small overhang that looks like the hood of the carriage. Then, scoop out the watermelon, leaving a light pink coating. Afterwards, finish the carriage with four wheels made of orange slices.

Inside, transform a peeled cantaloupe into an adorable baby’s face, using blueberries or grapes for eyes, a melon ball for a nose and placing a pacifier where the lips should go. Put the face at the top of the watermelon carriage and fill the rest with an assortment of your favorite fruits.

Cute animal designs are always a great option for baby showers

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You can make a fun fruit frog by topping half an apple with two marshmallows for eyes and a strawberry for bright red lips. Place the frog in the center of a platter and surround it with fruit kebabs filled with berries, melon and grapes.

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Birds made out of fruits are another great way to dress up your buffet. You can make baby owls out of grapefruit slices using blueberries as eyes and orange sections for little wings.

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Rubber ducks make a fun and simple baby shower theme. Simply create a cute fruit platter to match by layering rows of blue and purple berries. Amp up visual interest with a row of floating rubber ducks – just add a few drops of blue food coloring to the water for a pop of color.

 

You can pair any of these great baby shower fruit platter ideas with a Hickory Farms gourmet fruit basket, such as our Bountiful Tastings gift, featuring delicious fruits, nuts and cheeses. With these ideas, you’ll be on your way to hosting a memorable and delicious spring baby shower.

 

 

Light Apple Recipes for a Healthier Breakfast

 

Spring is almost here, and many of us are doubling down on our fitness routines and low calorie diets in anticipation of showing a little more skin after a long and dreary winter. But you don’t have to deprive yourself to get fit — you can eat well and still eat lightly and healthfully. Hickory Farms has found a few recipes using delicious apples from our Fruitful Gift Box that are both delicious and full of nutrition.

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This fresh apple salsa recipe calls for our Fuji apples, onions, bell pepper and seasoning, and is wonderful alongside a pork roast or roasted chicken. It’s simple to make and can serve up to 12 family members and guests.

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These brie, apple and arugula quesadillas may quickly become a family favorite. Just spread slicedFuji apples over a layer of brie on a quesadilla, spread with mustard, then top with arugula and grill in a skillet until golden brown. The smooth texture of the cheese blends wonderfully with the sharp crispness of the apples, making these a stand-out selection for brunches and get-togethers year round.

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Make some healthy lunch choices with curried chicken salad with apples and raisins. Eaten as a sandwich on whole wheat bread or spread across some whole grain crackers, this is a healthy alternative to many lunch options. Make sure you use skinless chicken to keep this dish as nutritious as possible.

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Cut back on your carb intake with this open-faced turkey sandwich with apple and Havarti. The tang of the Havarti is a sharp counterpoint to the sweet apples and spicy arugula. You can save even more calories by modifying this recipe and using low-calorie bread in place of the heartier, homemade version.

Hickory Farms offers many selections of fruit boxes, so you can indulge healthfully all year long. Call 800.753.8558 to place your order or order online 24 hours a day.