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I love the versatility of fruit salad. I use it on granola and oatmeal, freeze leftovers for smoothies, and enjoy it for breakfast or as a quick snack before the gym. I also love it as a light dessert at the end of a heavy meal. Drizzled with a boldly-flavoured dressing and artfully arranged, a fruit salad can be be a real showstopper when composed with care. Runamok Maple Syrup makes a gorgeous ginger root infused syrup that’s perfect for fruit salads, especially when tempered with extra grated ginger, fresh lime juice, and lime zest.
What else can you do with maple syrup?
Everyone already knows maple syrup is the perfect addition to French toast or a tall stack of pancakes, but did you know it has plenty of other tasty uses beyond breakfast?
- Add maple syrup to savoury dressings and glazes; a touch of heat, a splash of acidity, and a sprinkling of salt can elevate maple syrup into a memorable marinade or salad dressing.
- Use in place of simple syrup when making cocktails! For example, I made an amazing variation on a Moscow Mule using Runamok Ginger Infused Maple Syrup, vodka, sparkling water, grated ginger, and fresh lime juice.
- Maple syrup makes an excellent sweetener for homemade iced coffee (which I tend to drink year-round). I particularly like to use Runamok’s Cinnamon and Vanilla Infused Maple Syrup for this purpose.
What’s the best fruit for fruit salad?
- Avoid overripe fruit whenever possible as they quickly begin to deteriorate when exposed to acidic fruit (bananas, kiwi fruit, and fresh berries are particularly bad for this).
- Grocery stores with a good selection of international foods will often carry interesting and out of the ordinary fruit in the produce aisle. Have fun experimenting with new flavours, texture, and colours!
- Always wash fruit under hot water before cutting as some types are coated in wax and/or pesticides. Make sure you take this step even if you plan on removing or peeling the rind; your knife can drag dirt directly through the entire fruit.
Fruit Salad With Runamok Ginger Infused Maple Syrup Dressing
- 6 cups chopped or sliced mixed fruit
Runamok Ginger Infused Maple Syrup Fruit Salad Dressing
- 2 Tbsp. Runamok Ginger Infused Maple Syrup
- 2 Tbsp. lime juice fresh
- 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
- 1 tsp. lime zest
- Arrange chopped or sliced fruit on a shallow serving platter (alternately, add the fruit to a medium-sized salad bowl).
- In a separate small bowl whisk together the Runamok Ginger Infused Maple Syrup, lime juice, grated fresh ginger, and lime zest.
- Pour the fruit salad dressing over the chopped or sliced fruit and toss gently to coat. Serve immediately.
Have you ever forgotten about a band you used to love and then heard someone else playing your favourite song from over a decade ago? How did I manage to forget A Sunny Day In Glasgow? To be fair, I think the last time I listened to them I was using a portable mp3 player that was capable of holding 50 songs. My sister started playing this album (Scribble Mural Comic Journal) the other night while I was making dinner and I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t believe how good their entire catalogue is, here’s how I would sum up A Sunny Day In Glasgow in ten words or less: super ethereal dream pop sung by lo fi angels.
A Sunny Day in Glasgow – 5:15 Train