Shavuot commemorates the day when israelites received the Torah during the desert wanderings over 3,300 years ago. As most of you know; Shavuot is the only jewish holiday with a dairy menu. The bible refers to Israel as "the land of milk and honey"
We know shavuot is coming when our jewish blogs and social media channels are full of dairy recipes including cheesecake recipes and blintzes. Which is why we wanted to bring something different to you this year.
Tradition holds that in ancient times, Shavuot was the day to bring offerings to the Holy Temple from the first fruits of the harvest and the first animals born to the flocks. Today, farmers from different parts of Israel take turns bringing their fruit and vegetable samples to Jerusalem - to the presidential residence!
To remember this tradition of course "meeting design" we bring you this delicious and easy fruit salad recipe. Thankfully, nowadays we don't have to harvest the fruits, one trip to the supermarket will do. And I am sure there were no lychees, mangoes nor berries in the desert but you get the idea.
You can bring this fruit salad to any occasion, we guarantee there will be no leftovers! So, chop chop, serve and enjoy!
2 mangoes cut in cubes
1lb strawberries cut in cubes
1 ½ pint blueberries
6 oz blackberries
12 oz raspberries
1/2 pineapple, peeled and cut into cubes
2 cans of whole lychees (each fruit cut in 6 pieces)
1 fist unsweetened desiccated coconut chips
- Layer the cut fruit in a large clear glass bowl
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, Place coconut chips in a single layer in a baking sheet, bake 5 to 10 minutes or until they are golden brown. Keep an eye on them, as they will brown quickly
- Right before serving, place the toasted coconut chips over the fruit.
- Mix everything together right before serving
A few tips:
Make sure you add the coconut chips right before serving, if you add them ahead of time they can get soggy and loose their delicious crunch
There is no need to add any dressing to this fruit salad, the fruits will naturally sweat out their own juices