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Friday, February 24, 2012

Pineapple Fruit Salad

I love a healthy fruit salad.  I served this with stir fried steak and peppers.  It consists of fresh fruit mixed with greek yogurt and toasted coconut in a fresh pineapple.  For the canned mandarin oranges I tried Libby's Skinny Fruits which had no added sugar (105 total calories in a 15 oz. can and 6 grams of sugar for a 1/2 cup serving).  An average pineapple contains about 3 cups fresh pineapple if substituting canned pineapple chunks.  This recipe yields 6 servings at approximately 176 calories.

Pineapple Fruit Salad

1 fresh pineapple (or 3 cups drained pineapple chunks may be used)
1 (15 oz) can of mandarin oranges drained (Tip- Look for varieties with no added sugar)
1 and 1/2 cups fresh sliced strawberries
1 and 1/2 cups red grapes
1 and 1/4 cups plain greek yogurt
1/4 cup coconut milk (or to desired consistency)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup toasted coconut

Stand the pineapple upright and cut a third off of one side leaving leaves attached. 

Remove strips of pineapple from the center leaving a 1/2 inch border on the sides. 

Discard the core.  Cut strips into bite size pieces.

Slice the fresh strawberries into bite size pieces.

Add the drained mandarin oranges, red grapes, and fresh strawberries to the fresh pineapple.

Combine greek yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1/4 cup (or less) coconut milk to reach desired consistency.  Combine with the mixed fruit.

Spoon the fruit mixture into the pineapple shell. Sprinkle with the fresh toasted coconut.

Yields 6 servings at approximately 176 calories each.

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