Fruit Salad with Basil Honey Lime Dressing

Written by chanie on April 6th, 2017

To me, Passover, or Pesach, is all about tradition. I’ve never actually hosted the holiday in my own home, but I imagine that when I do, I’ll be making the same foods that my mother always made.

I have fond memories of my mom’s Passover ratatouille, mock chopped liver, beet salad and cucumber salad all neatly arranged in mason jars on the door of the fridge. She always had big jars of simple syrup on the counter, which she used to sweeten everything from chicken to fish, meat and nuts. Towards the second days, when everyone had enough of the heavy meals, she always diced up a huge fruit salad in our giant glass Pyrex. And she doused it in simple syrup too.

The simple syrup didn’t bother me, especially as a kid, because the fruit tasted like candy. But the bananas – they just threw the whole thing off. There were never really rules to what went into the fruit salad – it was whatever was leftover around the house – but it almost always had melon, kiwi, sliced bananas, walnuts, and oranges.

There was always someone in the house who was walking around scratching their throat from one of the fruits – probably the kiwi, and I think it was usually my sister. But we still ate it – bananas, oranges and all – and we sipped up all those sweet drippings from the bottom of the bowl like they were liquid gold. Ah, Passover memories.

While everyone is busy preparing trays of Passover brownies, whipping up macaroons and fancy pavlovas – I’m here to say that it’s really just about the tradition. Fruit salad may be simple, but it’s what my Momma always made, and it’s what I plan to make when I host Passover in my home in the coming years.

For this recipe, I’ve done away with all the fruits that I picked out of my Mom’s fruit salad – the awful mushy bananas, pithy oranges, and throat-scratching kiwi’s. Instead, I used melons, mangos, plums and nectarines, and fancied it up with a basil honey lime dressing (a lot healthier and more flavorful than the simple syrup of my youth!). Feel free to adjust this salad to your liking – adding more lime juice for extra tartness, or more honey for extra sweetness. And you can also switch up the herbs with some fresh mint instead of basil, if you so desire. Don’t forget to top it off with some coconut whipped cream and chopped nuts to really take it over the top!

Wishing you and your loved ones a very fruitful and happy Passover!

Other Passover Desserts:

marzipan apple crisp
nutella banana ice cream
chocolate ganache tart with macaroon crust
raspberry sorbet

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  1. Miriam says:

    Chani,
    I’m hosting the Pesach seder for the first time this year. I’m both excited and nervous, actually. But I am planning on making plenty of fruit salad over Pesach. Unfortunately, mt local coconut cream is for kitniyot-eaters only. Macaroons don’t need to be complicated, by the way. I posted a macaroon recipe earlier this week that only takes 15 minutes, including bake time, and no beating egg whites! חג כשר ושמח!

    • chanie says:

      I wish I liked macaroons! 🙈 I’m kinda picky when it comes to coconut and macaroons are not my thing. I agree that they’re easy to make. Chag Sameach!

  2. Marguerite says:

    what a great idea, i will def. make this for Pesach (and beyond….) . Can you share the mock chopped liver? I’m a veggie and I’d love a Pesach recipe for it. Mine has peas….. Good Shabbos and a Zees’n Pesach!

  3. Maria says:

    YUM!! This looks delicious! I’ve made something similar with mint leaves but basil and melon sound heavenly together. Happy Passover week!

  4. Hadster says:

    On the website seriouseats.com there is a recipe for Effortless Angel Food Cake.

    Along with that recipe is a mention of a lemon syrup made with lemon peels left over from juicing. It sounded intriguing, so I gave it a try.

    “Sunshine in a jar” indeed!

    This Pesach, I made a berry compote for my KFP angled cake using the lemon syrup. First, the taste was lovely. Second, the berries did not degrade as they would have if I had macerated them traditionally.

    Enjoy the rest of the holiday!

  5. stanp says:

    Interesting….if I saw the recipe without the basil, would probably just passed it by but the basil caught my eye. Adds a unique flavor.

  6. stanp says:

    Not a fan of mango and coconut but everything else looks great. The addition of basil caught my eye.Have to watch my carbs, so not using the cream will make this a very tasty salad for me.

    Thanks.

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