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Nothing “Springier” than Fruit Salad

April 15, 2010

This last weekend on a work retreat I dusted off an old  Millie standby that I hadn’t had in years… Marinated Fruit Salad.

This really is one of the simplest dishes to make, but it’s dear to me for a couple of reasons.

  1. It reminds me of spring: this is one item you could GUARANTEE Grandma was going to make for the Easter picnic every year.  Bugs and the smell of dyed hard boiled eggs aside (we never “blew out” the egg shell in Kansas), that was really when we kicked off spring and welcomed the good weather.
  2. It reminds me of lunches with Millie: always a standby, the fruit salad came out as a part of a Saturday lunch with my sister and I.  The best part about a lunch at Grandma’s was that there was always baking afterward – tarts, pies, cakes, cookies… you name it, we baked it.  Always messy, but ALWAYS fun.

It’s funny the things that stick in your mind, but Millie’s fruit salad will forever remind me of picnics and making a mess in the kitchen… to date, two of my very favorite things :-).


  • 2-3 Apples ( I prefer Granny Smith) – diced
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup rasberries
  • Small carton strawberries – quartered
  • 3 bananas (sliced)
  • 2 cups grapes (either whole or cut in half lengthwise)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

What You’ll Clean up After:

  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • measuring: cup and tablespoon

Step One: Combine all fruit into bowl.

Step Two: Add orange juice and sugar and stir, making sure all fruit get’s wet.

Step Three: Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes, stirring every now and then to mix in the marinade.

Step Four: Serve with muffin, yogurt, or eggs for breakfast,  or as a lunch side.

-Eat Hearty