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Hint of Mint Fruit Salad Trial: Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free

July 19, 2013
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This week, we went to a potluck and were asked to bring a side. So I went through my cookbooks until I found a fruit salad that looked intriguing – Hint of Mint Fruit Salad by Taste of Home.

The Changes

This recipe was already Joseph-safe, though I wasn’t sure about the mayonnaise. Joseph is iffy around eggs, and he’s never eaten anything with mayonnaise. Plus mayonnaise on fruit didn’t sound appetizing, so I substituted coconut creamer.
coconut creamer, sugar, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, mint, pears, apples

The Method

In a saucepan, bring water and sugar to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, for four minutes. Add mint, cover, and steep for 20 minutes. Strain and discard mint. Refrigerate syrup until cooled.

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Combine all the fruit in a large bowl. Just before serving, add creamer to syrup and stir until mixed. Pour over fruit and toss to coat. Best if served immediately.

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Hint of Mint Fruit Salad

Adapted from Taste of Home

Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup loosely packed mint sprigs
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped apples (3 medium)
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped ripe pears (2 medium)
  • 2 cups cubed fresh pineapple (1/2 – 3/4 of a single pineapple)
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries (1 pound)
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (1 pint)
  • 1/2 cup coconut creamer

In a saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Simmer, uncovered for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and add mint. Cover and steep for 20 minutes. Strain and discard mint. Refrigerate syrup until cool.

Combine fruit in a large bowl. Add coconut creamer to cooled syrup, and pour over fruit. Toss to coat.

Makes 12 servings

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This recipe is featured in my cookbook The Best of the Rice of Life: Over 70 Gluten-free, Dairy-free, and Nut-free Recipes available now in print (Amazon, Create Space) and e-book (Kindle, iBooks, nook, Kobo and Smashwords).

What I Thought

Our kids enjoyed helping put the fruit in the bowl, but they just ignored any of the actual salad on their plates. My husband and I both liked the salad, though the berry juice did stain everything red after a few hours. I’d do this again, though I couldn’t really detect the mint or the coconut.

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