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Simple Fruit Salad


  • In the eyes of my mother a celebration at our house wouldn’t be complete without a good fruit salad. You don’t need sugar or heavy cream if you use the best seasonal fruit and the best honey you can find. The ingredients will necessarily change according to availability. The dignity of this fine dish is in its simplicity.
  • 3 oranges divided (I have oranges growing in my yard and I’ll use what ever is ready to be picked. The oranges I’ve used today are Hamlins)
  • 1 tablespoon honey more or less depending on the sweetness of the fruit, I prefer Tupelo honey
  • 1 quart strawberries
  • 1 large bunch red seedless grapes
  • 2 Gala apples or substitute your favorite eating apple
  • 2 bananas
  • optional: grated coconut and chopped pecans


  • Juice one orange and mix with honey. Set aside.
  • Peel and chop the remaining two oranges. Add to large bowl.
  • Wash, hull and chop strawberries. Add to oranges.
  • Wash and halve grapes. Add to bowl. Be sure to use seedless grapes.
  • Wash apples. I peel one and leave the peeling on the other for added texture, color and flavor. Chop and add to bowl.
  • Peel and slice bananas. Add to bowl. Slicing is better than chopping. The more surface that’s exposed, the quicker they will turn brown.
  • Pour orange juice and honey over fruit.
  • The acid in the orange juice will help keep the bananas and apples from turning brown. Gently stir to make sure all the fruit is coated. Adding coconut and chopped nuts (I prefer puh-kahns) is a nice addition.
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