Monday, June 8, 2009

Summer Fruit Salad

... Fruit Salad Before and After...
Fruit Salad

* 2 pears
* 2 apples, cored and chopped
* 2 ripe bananas, sliced
* 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
* 3 cups seedless grapes
* 1/2 lemon, juiced
* 8 ounces fat-free strawberry cream cheese
* 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
* 1 cup fat-free pretzels, broken


1. Combine the pears, apples, bananas, strawberries and grapes. Add lemon juice and toss.
2. Blend together the cream cheese, brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon; add the fruit and pretzels. Fold together. Serve immediately with a dollop of lite whipped topping or refrigerate until chilled.

Nothing says spring like a delicious fruit salad! This was a new one that I tried... it has a distinct cinnamon flavor and a nice crunch with the pretzels. I was afraid that the strawberry flavored cream cheese would be too much, but it didn't give a fake strawberry flavor like I thought it might, but you could you regular flavored cream cheese or half and half. I think I would reduce the amount of brown sugar next time though, since it was a bit sweet. Plus you can change up the fruit that you use in the salad. I added cantalope and blueberries which were yummy! Also I am thinking you could add an 8 oz tube of Cool Whip to the dressing and it could be a fruit dip that you serve on the side of the salad since you don't want to let it sit too long before serving.

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