Sunday, 1 September 2013

Mixed fruit salad with rose water and pistachio

Its over guys, its over. Summer is on its way out and I can already feel the slight chill in the air post 5pm. Although it was a pretty decent summer, I feel it ended too soon and I am not willing to let go as yet. I think the coming week is the last of 20C weather we'd get to enjoy. Sigh!

So on a warm-ish Saturday I made this mixed fruit salad to enjoy the best of British bounty. The strawberries were sent across by Sweet Eve Strawberries - one of the best I've actually tried. They are British born and bred and deliciously sweet and full of flavour. I am not very lucky when it comes to strawberries as the ones from the stores are never really sweet. But the Sweet Eve strawbs were a welcome change- almost all of them were really sweet and I kind of finished half of it at one go. With the rest I whipped up a nice smoothie and this summer salad which was a hit. The pistachio nuts add that extra crunch and the next time I do this, I'll try it with other fruits and a generous sprinkling of almonds or so.

Rosewater is one extract I've never really tasted or experimented with and was pleasantly surprised by the Nielsen Massey rose water which did lend a very Moroccan flavour to this salad. That said, it can be a very over powering flavour and not a favourite of many (the husband included). A very small quantity goes a long way and so watch how much you put in. I had guests over last weekend and I made some poached peaches with rose water and served it with vanilla ice cream and pistachio nuts. it was divine! 

Recipe adapted from here
Strawberries- 100 gms
Mango- 1 ripe, peeled and sliced into cubes
Peach- 1 ripe, diced
Rosewater- a splash (optional)
Caster sugar- for sprinkling
Pistachio nuts- enough to sprinkle, chopped fine

Mix together the fruits in a large bowl.
Add a splash of rosewater and toss well.
Divide the mix between two or 3 bowls
Sprinkle the caster sugar followed by pistachio nuts and serve cold.
Notes: Add any fruit of choice, except maybe bananas
If not for rosewater a splash of Marsala wine or Sherry would be good

With thanks to Sweet Eve Strawberries and Nielsen Massey for the samples.


Veena Theagarajan said...

healthy salad..

Suchismita Majumdar said...

Nisha love the summery look of your photos, specially the last one :-)

Rumana Ambrin said...

Such a nice color ...

Finla said...

Here too the summer is almost gone today even had to take a light pull over when we went out :-( Love fruit salades always.

Vineetha said...

I too feel that supermarket strawberries are not that sweet, the on,y sweet ones I ate are from pick your own farm. Btw .lovely bowl :)

Priya Suresh said...

Omg, wish i get that bowl. Berries are almost out of season now..

Anupa Joseph (Palaharam) said...

Lovely bowl of fruit salad...