Fruity Compositions

Late Summer Fruit Salad with Agave-Mint Dressing

Summer fruit platter

Late-summer fruits can be lush and ripe, but are often past their peak of flavor. I like my midsummer fruit salads plain, but by late summer, fruit salads can use the help of a sauce to enliven the flavors. more→

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Fruit and Granola Parfait

This fresh fruit treat is as pretty to look at as it is delicious to eat. It’s made with generous layers of fresh fruit and berries, granola, and soy yogurt flavored with bananas. It’s presented in a similar fashion to an ice cream sundae. Breakfast treat or dessert, you choose. Recipe from Vegan Bites: Recipes for Singlesby Beverly Lynn Bennett. more→

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Amaretto Strawberries

Strawberries in a bowl

This dessert is almost embarrassingly simple, yet luscious and low in fat. It’s a good way to serve this fruit during strawberry season. more→

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Maple Glazed Pineapple

Maple Glazed Pineapple recipe

The flavor of maple syrup marries well with pineapple, especially glazed right into the surface. If you like pineapple, you’re sure to enjoy this nearly instant dessert. This is particularly appealing when made with canned organic pineapple mini-rings. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

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Cool Season Fruit Bowl

Winter fruits - grapes, oranges, pears

If it’s not quite the time for summery fruits, this medley makes the most of winter and early spring fruits for a luscious and refreshing finale to a meal. It makes a nice breakfast or brunch offering as well. more→

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Spiced Summer Fruit Salad

Summer fruits in bowls

Here’s a fruit salad for late summer, when the season’s fruits are no longer at their peak of flavor and can use a bit of assistance. Choose from the best of what’s left of the season — berries, stone fruits, and melons. more→

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Poached Pears with Chocolate Drizzle

Pears In A Basket

Chocolate is most compatible with pears as a winter treat. Enjoy these chocolate-drizzled poached pears as a light dessert.

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Chocolatey Banana Pizza

The preparation of this dessert is almost ridiculously easy, belying its showy result. Thought I’d seen similar recipes in magazines for fruit pizzas, the first time I actually had this for dessert was in an Italian restaurant in Paris, presented as “Banana Pizza Chocolatino.” Combining a good-quality pizza crust and chocolate chips with bananas and another fresh fruit results in a most impressive dessert. Use a neutral-flavored crust for this, unembellished with herbs, dried tomatoes, or other savory flavors. I like sourdough, as its slight bite contrasts nicely with the sweet dark chocolate. more→

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