The point is that sometimes it takes clever marketing to make things appealing to the Younger Generation. "Fruit Salad" just doesn't stir excitement in my boys' souls. I guess I could have called it "Wookie yum-yums," or some such, but I've got a little dignity left. After making this salad, I realized that what I put into the bowl was exactly what I would have put into the blender if we were having smoothies.
And under the guise of Roughy, this salad got eaten. Not that is wasn't delicious on its own, but it looked suspicious, being an amalgamation of things all mixed up together.
I served this fruit salad with oatmeal (again) for the boys and with a leftover scone for me. Here's how I made it.
1. Take whatever fresh fruit you have on hand (I had oranges, apples, and bananas) and cut them into bite-sized chunks. I didn't peel the apple, and no one protested.
2. Throw in some dried fruit. I used a handful of dried cherries and a handful of dried cranberries.
3. Stir in enough vanilla yogurt to cover all the fruit well.
That's it! And it got eaten and requested again.
If I had had some canned pineapple, I would have used it. I only used one of each fruit, but this could be infinitely expanded. Total time was minimal. I started the salad while the oatmeal was cooking, and while the boys were putting on their oatmeal toppings, I finished up the salad. It could also be made ahead, thus allowing the dried fruit to soften a little.