I have been eating a ton of fresh and frozen fruit since I started following the Slimming World plan. To keep things interesting, I have been experimenting with different concoctions and flavourings. This immune boosting Slimming World friendly fruit salad is my favourite so far. Like a healthy dose of sunshine in a bowl!
If you aren’t bothered about Slimming World, you could replace the sweetener with sugar. It’s still going to be a very healthy dessert, arguably healthier as sugar is a more natural product than sweetener.
Why is it immune boosting? Well, it contains oranges, melons and grapes, which are full of vitamin C, and a touch of ginger too. Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
I absolutely love ginger so I like sneaking it in to lots of different types of dishes.
Syn value and cost
According to the Slimming World app, the stem ginger is 3.5 Syns per 25 g. The two pieces I used weighed just over that, so it will depend on how big they are.
I washed off the syrup as is basically sugar! I am going to guestimate 3.5 syns for this, plus 0.5 syns for the sweetener. That’s only 4 syns for the whole lot, which will serve 6 people.
This Slimming World friendly fruit salad won’t break the bank either. All of the fruit cost £2.14 in Lidl. The stem ginger cost £2.28 from Asda, and contained 10 pieces, so about 23p a piece. So, £2.37 in total for this dessert, which is around 40p a person (if you don’t scoff it all yourself).
Try to ensure your melon is really ripe for the best flavour. I generally buy it a few days before I intend to use it.
Immune boost Slimming World friendly fruit salad
1 small canteloupe melon
150g red grapes
1 level tbsp sweetener
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 pieces stem ginger in syrup, drained, washed and finely chopped
Peel and chop the melon into cubes. Half the grapes. Place them in a medium sized serving bowl. Finely grate the peel from one of your oranges and place in a jug. Squeeze the juice from this and another orange and add to the peel. Add the ground ginger and sweetener to this and mix well.
Cut the peel from the remaining two oranges, removing as much pith as possible. Slice across in circles around 1 cm thick and remove the pith from the centre of each. You should be able to just push it out without damaging the circles. Add this to your melon and grapes.
Pour the juice mixture over the fruit and give it a good stir. Cover and leave for a couple of hours. Just before you serve, sprinkle over the stem ginger.
This Slimming World friendly fruit salad is lovely with some fat free Greek yogurt.
For other low fat and frugal recipes, have a look at my recipe page here. I also have some Slimming World inspiration tips in this post.