Welcome to our Salad & Fruit Directory where we give you tips and ideas for all your holiday parties. Have you ever been to a party that didn't have fruit on the table or some type of fruit dish somewhere? I don't think I have, and there's a reason for that too. Not only does everyone love fruit but fruit is perfect for all types of parties. Fruit salad can be made a head of time and placed in the refrigerator until party time- or it can be as versatile as packing it in a cooler and going to an outdoor picnic or barbecue. Fruit salads are common fair for tailgate parties and serves as a refreshing treat when the heat starts to sizzling.
What is a Fruit Salad?
"Fruit salad (also called Macedonia) is a dish consisting of various kinds of fruit, served either in their own juices or a syrup. In different forms fruit salad can be served as an appetizer, a side-salad, or a dessert. When served as an appetizer or as a dessert, a fruit salad is also known as a fruit cocktail.
Small cups of fruit salad are commonly served for dessert in American public schools.
In many cases it is the only form of dessert offered.
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"However, there are a number of home recipes for fruit salad that contain different kinds of fruit, or that use a different kind of sauce other than the fruit's own juice or syrup.
"One variation is a Waldorf-style fruit salad, which uses a mayonnaise-based sauce. Other recipes use sour cream (such as in ambrosia), yogurt or even mustard as the primary sauce ingredient."
"A Waldorf salad consists of julienned apple and celery, chopped walnuts, grapes, and mayonnaise or a mayonnaise-based dressing. The salad was first created around 1893 at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City (the precursor of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel which opened in 1931)"
"Ambrosia is a variation on the traditional fruit salad. It contains sour cream and/or sweetened whipped cream (or whipped topping) mixed with yogurt, pineapple, mandarin oranges and coconut. Some versions also contain maraschino cherries, bananas, strawberries, or miniature marshmallows. The mixture is then refrigerated for a few hours."
"An ever-popular variation also uses whipped cream mixed in with many varieties of fruits (usually a mixture of berries), and also often include miniature marshmallows. Rojak, a Malaysian fruit salad, uses a spicy sauce with peanuts and shrimp paste. In the Philippines, fruit salads are usually made with buko, or young coconut, and condensed milk in addition to other canned or fresh fruit."
"There is also an extended variety of fruit salads in Moroccan cuisine, often as part of a kemia, a selection of appetisers or small dishes analogous to Spanish tapas or eastern Mediterranean mezze."
"Fruit Salad" is also the name of a song by Australian Children's band The Wiggles and on the television show The Wonder Pets.
"Fruit-salad" is also a slang term used for Medals on a soldiers uniform- "Look at the fruit-salad on that colonel." The term refers to the bright colors of a high percentage of the ribbons that usually go with medals.