The locavore in me cringes a bit at the sight of a fruit salad in January. What produce there is this time of year is usually limping along wishing for the sunshine not manufactured in a greenhouse. Particularly those sad, out-of-season berries. Which is why, when nothing but a fruit salad will do, dead-of-winter notwithstanding, it needs a little sprucing up.
My mom used to squeeze a little lime over top of melon for a delicious summery treat, and I couldn't get enough of it -- still can't. Just adding a little honey and lime to any fruit will make it sing happy, happy songs any time of year, but especially when your strawberries have an inch of greenish white protruding under the leaves... Actually, if those are the best strawberries you can find, you should probably wait and hope for better things.
In addition to being a great way to give out of season produce a leg up, this really is a delightful mix of tastes and textures, all brought together with some sweet honey and sweet-tart citrus. For this, I use a combination of lime juice and clementine juice, which is unbelievably divine. Just imagine the fireworks in store for you when the fruit is at its peak!
Honey Citrus Fruit Salad
1-2 Tbsp. honey
juice of 1/2 a lime
juice of 1/2 a clementine
dash of salt
about 1 - 2 c. each of the following:
red and/or green grapes, removed from bunch
pineapple, cut into bite-sized chunks
In the bottom of a large, non-reactive mixing bowl, whisk together honey, lime juice, clementine juice, and salt until well combined.
Add fruits on top, and gently combine together with the honey mixture on the bottom of the bowl.