My kiddos love almost every kind of fruit. As a Mom, that makes me super happy. I'd rather have them reach for a piece of fruit, than for candy. During the winter, fresh fruit can get a little boring. Imported berries and tropical fruits are so expensive, so we find ourselves eating more apples, oranges and bananas. Sometimes we get lucky and we can find some reasonably priced berries, but I find they aren't as sweet as the local berries we get in the summer. When I buy a batch of berries that aren't that sweet, I like to turn them into a fruit salad, with tons of other fruit.
On my last trip to the store, I found some blueberries that were on sale. I brought some home, but the kiddos weren't too crazy for them, saying they were a bit tart. I decided to throw them together with some other fruits I had on hand. My kiwi was also tart, so I figured they could also do with a little makeover. I had some caramel dip, that I had bought as a treat, so I warmed it in the microwave for 15 seconds to make it easier to pour. I also had a bit of leftover whipped cream, which I threw in salad as well. The two made a wonderful creamy dressing, with a deep rich flavor. It coated the fruit and added a wonderful sweetness, without being too sweet. The kids enjoyed bringing the fruit salad in their lunches all week. This is the perfect side, for any meal during the day.
Fruit Salad with Caramel Cream Dressing
1 pint of blueberries
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped
1 C strawberries, chopped
1 C red grapes, sliced in half
3 kiwi, peeled and chopped
3 clementine oranges, peeled and separated into segments
2 oz caramel dip (found in the produce section)
1/2 C real whipped cream (can sub cool whip)
Combine all the fruit into a large bowl.
Heat the caramel dip in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Pour onto the fruit, along with the whipped cream. Stir to combine.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes and stir again before serving.
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