Fruit salad with orange blossom and pistachios

This fruit salad both looks and tastes beautiful, and makes a refreshing change from the average British fruit salad. The pistachios and pomegranate seeds add just the right amount of subtle texture to the soft fruit too.

To serve 4-6 (this is based on assuming that you will have filled up on a main course beforehand, and just need a little something sweet to freshen up your palate afterwards).

The ingredients: IMG_4968

Honeydew melon – 1
Cantaloupe melon – 1
Red and white grapes – 1 punnet
Sharon fruit – 4
Seeds from 1 pomegranate
Pistachio nuts – a large handful (2 if you have little hands)
Orange blossom water – 1 tbsp
Caster sugar – 2 tsp
Juice of 1 lime

The recipe:

  • Remove the skin from the melons and chop into bite-size chunks. 
  • Slice your grapes in half.
  • Remove the leaves of the sharon fruit, and slice into thin wedges (you can peel it if you like, but you don’t have to).
  • Cut your pomegranate in half, and hold one half at a time, loosely, in the palm of your hand, seeds facing down, over a bowl. Now use a spoon to gently hit the outer casing of the pomegranate, which will dislodge the seeds, through your fingers and into your bowl. Discard any pith.
  • Shell your pistachios, and juice your lime.
  • Add all of your ingredients to a bowl, including the orange blossom water and sugar, and toss together.

My notes on this recipe:

  • Feel free to use different varieties of melon.

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