About this recipe:A can of fruit can be transformed into a special-tasting fruit salad with the minimum of effort. Here, lychees are enhanced with stem ginger and the zest and juice of fresh lime for an Oriental flavour, then tossed with crisp apple, oranges and black grapes from the fruit bowl.
1 can lychees in syrup, about 425 g
3 pieces stem ginger, cut into fine strips, plus 2 tbsp syrup from the jar
grated zest and juice of 1 lime
200 g (7 oz) black grapes, halved and seeded
1 red-skinned dessert apple, cored and chopped
fine shreds of lime zest to decorate
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Method Prep:20min › Ready in:20min
Drain the lychees in a sieve set over a bowl. Discard half of the syrup that has drained into the bowl, then add the lychees. Stir in the stem ginger and syrup, and the lime zest and juice.
Cut the peel and pith away from the oranges with a sharp knife. Holding the oranges over the bowl so that all the juice will drip into the salad, carefully cut between the membrane to release the segments. Add the segments to the bowl. Squeeze the membrane and add the juice to the bowl.
Stir in the grapes and apple and toss to mix. Pile the salad into small bowls to serve, decorated with shreds of lime zest.
Some more ideas
Instead of lychees use 1 can of green figs in syrup, about 410 g, draining off half of the syrup from the can as above. Add 120 ml (4 fl oz) strained jasmine tea sweetened with 1 tbsp sugar, the lime zest and juice, and the orange segments and juice. Add the seeds and juice from 2 large passion fruit, 1 sliced banana and 4 chopped dessert plums. * If you usually serve cream or ice-cream with a fruit salad as a dessert, you might instead try topping with a scoop of sorbet, which is deliciously fruity and fat-free. A sorbet such as lemon or mango would be particularly good with this fruit salad.
Black grapes provide useful amounts of bioflavonoids and antioxidants, which help to protect the body against the damaging effect of free radicals. * Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C – 1 large orange provides double the recommended daily amount of this vitamin. Oranges also provide useful amounts of the B vitamin folate, as well as pectin which is a type of soluble fibre.