Happy Tummy Fruit Salad with Ginger Mint Glaze

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on July 28, 2011

Summer gets me in the mood to sit outside on a picnic bench and enjoy a bowlful of the freshest in-season fruits. Unfortunately for us Calgarians, it hasn’t exactly been warm this summer.

But, just because the weather stinks doesn’t mean I can’t eat like it’s hot outside… while wearing my thick fall fleece and long johns.

I wish I was kidding.

There were a couple hours of warm weather over the weekend, so I nabbed a couple shots and posted them on Instagram. If anything, it’s helped me remember what summer is supposed to feel like…

*sigh*

For this salad, I wanted something that was flavorful, easy on the digestive tract, and slightly warming.

I love eating fresh fruit in the morning, but find it can be a bit harsh on my digestion at times. Allowing a salad like this to “marinade” overnight eliminates some of the harshness. Also, filling it with digestive healing herbs like ginger and mint, and fiber rich berries didn’t hurt the cause either!

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Happy Tummy Fruit Salad with Ginger Mint Glaze

Vegan [option], Gluten free, Dairy free, Refined sugar free, Yeast free, Corn free

Each ingredient in this salad, contributes to a happy and healthy digestive tract. Your digestion will be singing with each spoonful.

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pears, cubed
  • 2 nectarines, cubed
  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/4 cup raspberries

Ginger mint glaze

  • 1/4 cup unpasteurized honey *see note
  • 4 fresh mint leaves, chopped [1 tbsp chopped]
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger root
  • 1/8 tsp almond extract

Topping

  • 1/4 cup slivered or sliced almonds, chopped

Directions

  1. Place all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Combine glaze ingredients in a small bowl, and drizzle over the salad.
  3. Sprinkle with almonds.
  4. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.

note: to make vegan, replace honey with date syrup, or agave nectar

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To my surprise Kevin actually liked this salad! So, if you have a meat eating, white sugar worshiping partner at home, they may actually like this salad.

Bonus points for me, but less salad for my breakfast. Or in the case of this morning, no salad at all.

:*(

While I’m whipping up another batch fruit salad tonight, the blog will be going through some upgrades. If you visit during this time and you’re met with a big error page, do not fret, we’ll be back up in no time.

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

the fruit looks great but I am just so freakin’ jazzed that you used the app/link that I have on my site for people to follow me on I.G. and I actually just followed you right now. AND I got to see how EASY it was from my end as a user. Ok, sorry to geek out on ya. But IG and me are Bff’s lately :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

haha oh I’m totally there with you. IG is AWESOME! A friend told me about it months ago, but I didn’t look into it until a couple days ago. So ridiculously awesome :)

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles

Fruit salad reminds me of summer parties, because it’s usually the only thing I can eat (unless I bring my own food). Looks like a great twist on breakfast!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

The name “Happy Tummy” just makes me giggle. Love it and this idea. You pictures are amazing – I want to dive into all of that color!

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Aine @ Something to Chew Over

Your weather can’t be as bad as it is here in Ireland!

Your pictures are so beautful :)

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Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well

Holy moly that looks awesome! Lately I’ve been doing anything and everything to get fruit into my body because it is just so good right now :) I will definitely try making the glaze to put on it for the extra oomph!

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Holly @ The Runny Egg

Good luck with the blog updates! I hope it all goes well.

This salad looks so refreshing! We’ve had an unusually hot summer — we need to trade weather for a few days I think :)

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Lindsay @CookVeganLover

Wow what a beautiful salad!

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Erin

God that looks amazing

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Ragnhild

I would love to wake up to this salad! It sounds so good with ginger in the marinade!

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Jacqui

Hi there-

Just found your blog a few weeks back and LOVE your style of eating!! I just finished your strawberry cheesecake smoothie and have been eating your banana puddings (love the banana cherry and made a banana blackberry version to die for). I find them very satisfying without feeling over full-I first didn’t think they’d keep me going because they are not huge volume wise but sure enough I felt great for about 4 hours!! Funny oatmeal-I’m hungry really 1 1/2 hours after eating a good sized bowl-I love it but it doesn’t work that well for me…

I am from Edmonton so fully understand re the weather-YUCK!!!

Take care-and you’ve got another loyal reader. Thank you.

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Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather

First off, your photos look AMAZING! all of them! Second, I want to eat this. Holy yum it looks good!

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Tiff @ Love, Sweat and Beers

I can’t imagine a not-warm summer. At least you’re making the most of it!

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Andrea @ Vegvacious

Too bad we couldn’t switch locations for a couple of days. It has been uncomfortably hot and humid in Southern Ontario!

This looks so delicious!!! I have fresh mint in my herb garden and the only thing I use it for is mojitos :-) It’ll be nice to have a heathier use for it!!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

That would be saweet! It’s going to be 21C with no rain in the forecast…I hope it doesn’t change!

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Dara

Gorgeous! Looks amazing. Well done.

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Heidi @ Food Doodles

Looks delicious! Love all that fruit and the glaze looks great. My hubby sounds just like yours but thankfully he loves fruit :)
It looks like were finally going to get some hot weather down here! About time, I’ve been in jeans and sweaters all this week so far! So sad :(

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Yolanda

I enjoy fresh fruit, and this looks delicious. I think that if we lived closer to one another, we would be friends.

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Frugal Jen | Frugal, Freebies and Deals

Yum- that looks super good. I may not have all the fruits, but I can definitely make that dressing!

jenetta

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I’m sure it would be good on any type of fruit!

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Jess@HealthyExposures

While you have your long johns on, think of me running in the beating sun on 90* days :P I shouldn’t complain (I’m not, I’m not!) since I’ll take any sun I can get and they have it way worse down south!

This fruit salad looks so good. perfectly refreshing and i love the glaze!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Okay, you have yourself a deal!

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Lwbookeater

Easy on the digestive track and easy on the eyes! Beautiful photography and I agree with all who said that this. just. looks. REFRESHING. Thanks for sharing!

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Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons

Its GOREGEOUS!!! Almost too pretty to eat… almost =) I’d inahle it in 2 seconds flat!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

That’s exactly what I thought as I was taking the pictures. Nothing is ever too pretty to eat!

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Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger)

Just came across your photo on foodgawker. So pretty! This recipe looks like a great way to start your day. Love that you marinate it overnight to make it easier on the tummy.
I’m glad to have found your blog today and look forward to seeing more lovely recipes and photos!

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Katy @ notjustacarnivore

What a fantastic summer treat!

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Curt

Oh my, that looks fabulous. Good enough to eat.

Some great ingredients, but that honey/ginger drizzle puts it right over the top.

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

That fruit salad looks and sounds amazing. I need that so badly right now!

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