Cooking with Anita Marcela: Layer Fruit Salad

Fruit salads can be served as a dessert or snack. I like to prepare them in single and small portions to make them more beautiful. I also want to make them in a glass to make them look different than the traditional fruit salads. And to complete the look of a layer fruit salad for a celebration of children, put them in toppers that match the party theme so the children will take more attention.

The variety of layer fruit salad is infinite. You can use any combination of fruits, and it will always be delicious. I like to use sweet and sour fruits to balance the flavors, and put a little bit of orange or passionfruit juice and add some mint or spearmint leaves to decorate.

Layer Fruit Salad for Kids with Animal Toppers

Useful tips when making fruit salads for your kids' party

  • Use the fruits that are available in the current season, so you will have a fresher salad
  • Avoid brown or dark fruits, adding some lemon juice
  • When you have to mix the fruits in advance, choose those that have a hard and crunchy texture, those will keep freshers and better in the salad
    Place the hardest ones down (like apples, coconuts, oranges, pineapples, and grapes) and the softer ones up (peaches, cantaloupe, strawberries, blueberries, ripe mangos, bananas, papaya, and raspberries)
  • Cut the fruits into small and same size pieces, thus unifying the fruit salad

Coconut Flakes with a Farm Merry Monday Topper

Cooks in 15 minutes

Serves 4 fruit salads

What you'll need //

  • 1 cup pineapple 
  • 1 cup mango 
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 cup strawberry
  • ½ cup orange or passionfruit juice 
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 4 spearmint leaves 

Instructions //

  • Mix the orange juice or passion, or a little of each with a tablespoon of honey
  • Place the fruits in layers and add the juice
  • Decorate each salad with a mint leaf
  • Keep the fruit salads refrigerated until the time of serving

Other combinations that I like for this salad are:

  • Mango, strawberry, raspberry and grapes
  • Kiwi, strawberry, grapes and blueberries
  • Sideburn, melon, milky and pineapple
  • Mandarin, apple, grape and strawberries

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