Give fruit salad zing with honey and black pepper

2014-07-16T00:00:00Z 2014-07-22T21:16:48Z Give fruit salad zing with honey and black pepperThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 16, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Looking for ways to jazz up your basic fruit salad this summer? Consider giving it a hit from the savory side of the food world.

It’s not something we often think of, but ingredients we generally consider savory or spicy can provide a delicious contrast when added to a sweet and juicy fruit salad. Where to start? Something as simple as thinly sliced fresh basil adds a peppery bite to a salad of strawberries, watermelon and grapes.

For even more bite, consider adding very thinly sliced jalapeño peppers. The best way to do this is to slice a fresh pepper in half, scrape out the seeds and ribs, then use a mandoline to slice the chile paper-thin. Mix into the salad for a great sweet-and-heat blend.

And no matter what savory element you add, make sure to also add a pinch of salt. It won’t make the salad taste salty, but it will highlight the natural sweetness of the fruit.

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