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Tropical Fruit Salad with Ginger Mint Dressing

Tropical Fruit Salad with Ginger Mint Dressing by Season with Spice

Want to learn about a culture?  Just ask about breakfast.  That’s why I’m not surprised when foreign friends – who are curious about Malaysia - often ask that question.

“Two slices of toast and a cup of coffee.”

“Oh.”  Not hiding their disappointment from my reply.

I quickly add on, “But wait, that’s not a typical breakfast for Malaysians.”

tropical fruit salad with spicy ginger mint dressing and lemon juice

Like lunch and dinner and supper, Malaysians want flavor; they want spice in their breakfast.  A hot bowl of sizzling curry laksa (coconut curry noodle dish), nasi lemak (the iconic Malaysian coconut rice dish wrapped in a banana leaf), roti canai with teh tarik (Indian flatbread with very sweet pulled tea), dosai served with chutney (an Indian style crepe), Cantonese-style dim sum with steamed dumplings, chicken porridge, a variety of rice noodle dishes, and yes, even bread too – roti bakar with kopi-o (charcoal-roasted thick bread with coconut jam, served with half boiled eggs, and a strong local coffee).

Western style breakfast items like pancakes, scones, and cereals have also become a more common sight on the Malaysian breakfast table.

So what do Malaysians like to eat for breakfast?  Anything.

white flesh dragon fruit
water apple or champoo

I do like the occasional spicy street food dish for breakfast, but on most days, I opt for a light, healthy meal to start out the day.  At the morning market in Penang, there is never a shortage of tropical fruits, so when I have the time, I buy a few and slice them up to enjoy with my toast and coffee.

Tropical fruits like sweet mango, banana, papaya, water apple, pomelo, white or purple dragon fruit, and pineapple – perked up with a refreshingly, spicy Ginger Mint Dressing and a squeeze of lemon juice.

A fresh, healthy fruit salad dressing for whatever mix of fruits you enjoy in the morning.  And a simple way to add Spices & Herbs (Ginger & Mint) to your daily diet.

Tropical Fruit Salad with Ginger Mint Dressing by Season with Spice


Tropical Fruit Salad with Ginger Mint Dressing 
by Season with Spice

Ingredients:
A combination of your favorite fresh fruits.

Dressing:
1 tbsp fresh ginger - grated
10 mint leaves - finely chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tbsp honey or raw sugar (optional)

Method:
1. Slice up the fruits, add dressing, and toss lightly. Chill before serving.

5 comments:

Rosa May said...

What a lovely salad!

Cheers,

Rosa

BiteMyCake said...

what better breakfast than this...perfect, nourishing, fresh, healthy.

Season with Spice said...

Thanks Rosa!

Season with Spice said...

Only if we can have this more often:)

Victoria at Flavors of the Sun said...

I really like the way this dressing looks on the salad. I've made ginger syrup for fruit salad and scattered whole mint leaves on them, but I love the way the chopped ones look. Thanks so much for the recipe.

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