Perfect for a Mother's Day (or Father's Day!) breakfast or brunch, this re-make of a vintage recipe, makes the prettiest use of early summer and fresh fruits! Easy-to-make, taking your time to trim the fresh oranges really pays off on the eye-appeal...you will have plenty of fruit to fill the hollowed out oranges; store the left-over salad in the fridge. Allow one orange per person, if you need more.
- 1 ripe banana, peeled and diced
- 4 whole oranges (we used the navel variety), washed
- 1 small (9 oz) can pineapple bits, about 2/3 cup, drained reserving juice
- a handful of fresh blueberries, washed
- a handful of fresh strawberries, washed, trimmed, and diced
- 1 cup small curd cottage cheese
- bunch of fresh mint leaves, washed and chopped fine
- extra mint, for garnish
Place diced bananas in the bottom of a large bowl. Carefully trim the bottom (stem side) of orange so that it will stand. Working from the top of the whole orange, cut and 'X' within an inch or so from the bottom. Then cut a '+' in the same manner, forming eight equally spaced 'petals'. Carefully remove the orange from these sections with a knife. Trim the white pith and membrane from the removed pieces and dice; place in the bowl over bananas. Repeat for remaining oranges. Add drained pineapple, blueberries, and prepared strawberries. Lightly toss to coat with juice.
In a separate medium bowl, add cottage cheese. Add 2 tablespoons of reserved pineapple juice; add chopped mint. Stir, blending well.
To serve place prepared orange peel on center of small plate. Spoon serving of fruit, draining well, to the center of hollowed orange. Top with spoonfuls of cottage cheese-mint mixture. Garnish with extra mint leaves.
Serve cold. Serves 4
*Erik's Tip: To make this salad ahead of time, prepare all of the fruits except the banana...keep orange peels and pieces, as well as the berries cold; make the cottage cheese mixture ahead of time, too. At serving time, dice the banana and toss the fruit together...then assemble the salad!
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