A favorite red fruit salad, and arguably so much better than old-school fruit salad! It's perfect as spring rounds the bend into summer. A simple, seasonal fruit salad made with plump strawberries, sweet cherries, lemon zest, and coriander brown sugar. Five ingredients. So good.
And when I say simple, I'm not kidding. For a bit of something special, I ground a bit of brown sugar with coriander seeds to add to the fruit, liking the way the coriander's citrusy, green notes played off the flavor of the strawberries and cherries. Just a little tweak, but enough to bring a hint of unexpectedness to a bowl of radiant, seasonal fruit. If you're stuck on traditional fruit salad, consider making the jump to a red fruit salad!
I first started making this fruit salad in the early days of the QUITOKEETO project, when a lot of it was happening at the house. Laugh/ cry. Friends would stop by and just shake their heads. The towers of boxes, the tape guns, the bins of items we'd sourced - it was all a bit much. We did many shipments from the dining room and kitchen island, and I thought you might like a look at the process. But, in the midst of it all, we would always try to break for a quick lunch. This ruby-hued beauty came out of one of those lunches.
Red Fruit Salad
While this is great shortly after tossing all ingredients together, it's also wonderful a day or so after - as the fruit continues to macerate.
- 1 pound cherries, pitted*
- 1 pound strawberries, cored
- 1 1/4 teaspoon whole coriander seeds, or more to taste
- 2-3 tablespoons natural cane sugar (or brown sugar)
- bit of lemon zest, bit of fresh lemon juice
Tear most of the cherries in half, and leave the remaining cherries whole. Place in a large bowl with strawberries.
Toast the coriander seeds until fragrant in a dry skillet, then crush in a mortar and pestle until finely ground. Work the sugar into the coriander one tablespoon at a time.
Sprinkle the mixture over the fruit along with the lemon zest, and toss gently with your hands. Season with a bit of lemon juice, set aside for at least ten minutes, and enjoy.
*To pit cherries use a cherry pitting tool, or a clean pair of needle-nosed pliers.