This recipe is dedicated to the memory of my friend Bonnie Taylor (1949-2014) who first introduced me to the concept of fruit salad and raspberry sauce. She was a wonderful woman who always gave kindness and laughter wherever she went. Bonnie, you are missed.
Why do you need a recipe for fruit salad – particularly one as simple as this one? Because it’s perfect, because it will win you over, because it is just better than so many other fruit salad recipes.
The mighty raspberry is king among the fruits. If you don’t believe me search desserts on Pinterest. What fruit shows it’s face more than any other? Yep, the raspberry. There is just something about this seedy character that we fall for every time.
People dress fruit salad in everything from vanilla pudding powder to orange juice but my friend Bonnie always brought a simple unassuming fruit salad to my house dressed in mashed raspberries. And it was perfection.
The raspberry flavor touches every bite but and accents the pineapple and strawberries. The sauce gives the salad a bold, red dressing which goes well with most fruits and looks beautiful on the plate. It is simply perfect.
You can fancy this up with more types of fruit if you desire, or keep the prep fast and simple by sticking to the basics. Either way I think you will enjoy dishing up this special fruit salad with Easter brunch or at your next BBQ.
Fruit Salad With Raspberry Sauce
- 2 cups of strawberries sliced or quartered
- 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
- 2 cups of fresh raspberries
- sugar if desired
- In a medium bowl, combine the strawberries and pineapple.
- Mash the raspberries with a fork until they are a sauce with some chunks. Taste and add a bit of sugar if desired.
- Stir the raspberry sauce into the fruit and serve.
This is a great tool for working with strawberries. I never believed in owning a strawberry huller until somebody gave me this one. I’m converted!
Susan // the wimpy vegetarian
What a lovely tribute to your friend. And this dish is a wonderful breath of spring!!
Thank you! I’m very ready for some spring treats. I know it’s early but I just can’t wait!!!
Simple, easy, sweet, and beautiful!
As food should be 🙂
Cynthia/What A Girl Eats
I love how fresh and beautiful this looks! I far prefer a bit of fruit for a light dessert. The raspberry sauce sounds delish!
Thanks! Fruit is a wonderful dessert (not that I’m opposed to something decadent now and again) but fruit just hits the spot so well.
Lovely dedication to your friend, Mirlandra.
Ok. This raspberry sauce is downright marketable! This would be tasty on a dessert too…ice cream, panna cotta, cheesecakes… 🙂
Laura @ Family Spice
I love serving fruit salad as a healthy alternative to sugary desserts. It’s always a big winner in my family. And that raspberry sauce? Perfect!
It is really a great option! And thank you 🙂
Hi Mirlandra, beautiful salad, such a nice way to recognize your friend.
Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze
This salad looks delicious and I love the raspberry sauce!! Pinned! 😉
Thank you! I hope you enjoy it. I just can’t get enough raspberries. Yesterday I got a little carried away and made a quart of raspberry sauce to serve with strawberry shortcake. Gotta love spring!