In Florida, our February is punctuated by the arrival of beautiful strawberries in our markets. They are locally grown, luscious and economical. I’m always on the lookout for great ways to serve them. Ina Garten has a wonderful recipe in her book Back to Basics for Fruit Salad with Limoncello. She tosses fruit with sugar and Limoncello liqueur, lets it stand for a bit and then tops it with a lemon yogurt topping. That’s a great idea for brunch or dessert, but I wanted something without the liqueur for everyday breakfasts. My version cuts back on the sugar a bit and trades the Limoncello for lemon juice. Made either way, it is a fresh and delicious way with fruit.
If you would like more information about Ina Gartens book, click here: Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavor from Simple Ingredients.
1 cup Greek Yogurt (I use Fage)
¼ cup lemon curd
1 tablespoon honey
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar
4 cups of fresh fruit, cleaned and cut into bite-size pieces
In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt, lemon curd, honey and vanilla extract. Put the fresh fruit in a serving bowl, sprinkle with the lemon juice and sugar and toss gently. Let rest on the counter for at least 20 minutes before serving. Serve the fruit with the yogurt topping.