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Honey Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing


I can tell it's summer because this is my third blog post in a row that includes fresh fruit!  Don't you just love the sweet, ripe fruit you can get during these months?  I've been wanting my family to eat more of it.  It's not that they don't like it, but they definitely don't want to take the time to prepare it.  If  I buy it and just leave it on the counter with no preparation, no-one touches it.  However, if I take a few minutes and wash it and cut it up, they will grab bowl after bowl of it!  I have tried preparing a big bowl of fruit salad and leaving that in the refrigerator, but let's face it, after the first day it starts to turn a bit mushy and doesn't look as appetizing.  And then you have the one who doesn't like grapes or the one who doesn't like blackberries and won't eat it because it's in there!!!  

Well, I have found a solution that seems to work for my family.  If I prepare the melons, pineapple, berries, grapes, whatever other fruits I want them to eat, (minus the bananas which they are willing to slice if they want since they go brown so quickly), and put them in SEPARATE baggies in the refrigerator, they will indeed grab a bowl, throw in the fruits they want and eat it quite often!  And you know what makes that bowl of fruit even more tempting?  A sweet, citrusy dressing in a jar, ready to be drizzled over the top of it.  

The great thing about this dressing is you can literally use whatever citrus juice you have on hand as the base.  Oranges, lemons, limes, even grapefruit!  You need a total of 1 cup, so play around with them and see which is your favorite.  (I've included my favorite combination below which contains orange, lemon and lime - my daughter on the other hand loves just lemon and lime best.)  

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup total citrus juice - I used:
    • 1/2 cup orange juice
    • 1/4 cup lemon juice 
    • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
Note:  For an extra citrus punch add 1 tsp of lemon or lime zest - optional

Instructions:
  1. Throw everything in a jar, put a lid on it, and shake the hell out of it.  
  2. Store it in the refrigerator with the fruits washed, cut and stored in separate little baggies.  
  3. Create your custom fruit bowl whenever you like in just a minute or two, drizzle the dressing over the top and toss!

Note:  If you slice up apples, you should definitely toss them in a little lemon juice before putting in the refrigerator so they don't go brown.

Honey Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing


Honey Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing




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