Margarita Fruit Salad for #RecipeReDux

Yes, I know … three blog posts in the last three days … I can’t believe it either!

I just have so much kitchen goodness to share with you all … and today’s recipe — my first post for Recipe ReDux — is boozy, fruity goodness to the n’th degree!

Before we get to the booze, let me tell you a bit about Recipe ReDux.

The Recipe ReDux was developed as a fun and social way to provide great tasting, healthful recipes based on whole foods and sound nutrition principals — another mission I can easily get behind!

This month, Recipe ReDux tasked its members with cooking, baking, or just mixing it up in the kitchen with spirits, extracts, or other alcohols. Alcohol and food? Sign me up!

When I started thinking about combining food and alcohol — while keeping it both tasty and healthy — my mind immediately went to fruit and tequila. I enjoy a good fruity margarita from time to time, and I knew that I could somehow translate that to the plate … and that’s just what I did with my easy and delicious margarita fruit salad!

Margarita Fruit Salad

Chock full of fruit, lightly sweetened with agave nectar, and with that distinct margarita taste, my margarita fruit salad is a hands-down winner! This simple, flavorful dish will be making many an appearance over the summer … and I hope you give it a try too.

For this recipe, I used a combination of blueberries, pineapple, strawberries, and kiwi, but any combination of fruit you like would proably work. Oh, I also used The Chef and my’s favorite tequila, Espolon. And whether you go with their tequila blanco (light) or tequila reposado (dark), you won’t go wrong at all!

Margarita Fruit Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups cubed fresh pineapple
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup (about 4 medium) peeled, chopped kiwifruit
  • 2 medium limes
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup 100% agave tequila

Directions:

  1. Combine the blueberries, pineapple, strawberries, and kiwifruit in a large serving bowl; lightly stir together.
  2. Zest the limes, removing as much zest as possible; set the zest aside. Cut the zested limes in half, then squeeze over a small bowl to yield as much juice as possible; set the juice aside.
  3. In a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat, combine the agave nectar, tequila, and reserved lime juice, then bring to a simmer, stirring frequently to dissolve the agave nectar. Once dissolved, continue to simmer for another two to three minutes.
  4. Remove the syrup mixture from the heat. Pour the warm syrup over the fruit, then gently stir to coat all the fruit. Add the reserved lime zest, then stir again.
  5. Cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour. Gently stir before serving.
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Margarita Fruit Salad

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  • jillconyers

    Great twist on an otherwise basic fruit salad. This would be great for an outdoor get together.

    • http://rhubarbandhoney.com/ Kimberly

      Thanks, Jill! We ate the entire batch over the course of two nights so I’ll be doubling the recipe for my next summer get together!

  • Kelly

    Yum! This looks like a great fruit salad for summer!

    • http://rhubarbandhoney.com/ Kimberly

      Thanks, Kelly!

  • Deanna Segrave-Daly

    First off welcome to ReDux!! This looks so so so much better than the watermelon we use to soak with grain alcohol back in college (ha :)

    • http://rhubarbandhoney.com/ Kimberly

      Thanks, Deanna!

      And I have no idea what you’re talking about … just kidding! I may have soaked my fair share of watermelons back in the day : )

  • http://rhubarbandhoney.com/ Kimberly

    Thanks, Sarah!

  • http://www.nutritioulicious.com/ Jessica @ Nutritioulicious

    Welcome to the ReDux! This looks so light and refreshing!

    • http://rhubarbandhoney.com/ Kimberly

      Thanks so much, Jessica!

  • Genevieve Yam

    Welcome to the Recipe Redux! This sounds so delicious- can’t wait to try it myself!

    • http://rhubarbandhoney.com/ Kimberly

      Thanks, Genevieve! I’m making another batch this weekend!

  • kristy @ the wicked noodle

    LOVE this recipe!! Anytime food and booze can come together, I’m in!

    • http://rhubarbandhoney.com/ Kimberly

      Me too, Kristy! Thanks!

  • Betsy @SupermarketNutrition

    Beautiful salad! Welcome aboard the Redux! Looking forward to more great recipes.

    • http://rhubarbandhoney.com/ Kimberly

      Thanks so much, Betsy!

  • Robin at Robinbite

    Great way to amp up a fruit salad…I need to remember this when someone asks me to bring fruit salad for the 80th time this summer. Thx for the idea and welcome to Redux!

    • http://rhubarbandhoney.com/ Kimberly

      Ha! I hope this jazz’s up your 81st fruit salad a bit! And thanks for the welcome!

  • DotDonahue .

    Great blog!

    Thank you for adding your site to my blog link-up party! I’m now following you on Google+!

    Let me know if you want to swap blog buttons or badges :)

    ZzzonkOwl.blogspot.com

    • http://rhubarbandhoney.com/ Kimberly

      Thanks, Dot!

  • http://www.ohksocial.com/ Kristy Gardner

    ow ow! I think about combining food and alcohol all the time.. but that’s no surprise! haha…

    I love this Kimberly – will definitely be putting it on the menu this weekend. Maybe over pancakes?

    • http://rhubarbandhoney.com/ Kimberly

      I hope you love it … and I think it would be fabulous with pancakes … and really fabulous over waffles! Thanks for stopping by, Kristy!

  • http://twitter.com/katrinaskitchen In Katrina’s Kitchen

    Well this is pretty much amazing. :)

    • http://rhubarbandhoney.com/ Kimberly

      Thanks so much, Katrina!