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Fruit salad with honeyed tahini dressing

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Try this vibrant and refreshing fruit salad filled with beneficial fruits.

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Move aside boring old fruit salad. Brighten up your diet with this vibrant and refreshing recipe featuring a sweet and subtly spiced tahini dressing.

Try this vibrant and refreshing fruit salad filled with beneficial fruits.

Never underestimate the body's need for fruit and vegetables. A 2011 study, conducted by Queen Mary University of London's Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, suggested that approximately 9 per cent of cancers diagnosed in the U.K. might be linked to unhealthy diets. Fruit and vegetables contain essential nutrients and antioxidants that help our bodies function. Studies also suggest that eating 80 to 100 grams of fruit and vegetables daily reduces the risk of certain cancers by approximately 20 to 30 per cent. The current World Health Organisation and British government recommended daily serving of fruit and vegetables is five 80-gram portions.

Beneficial fruits

Bananas: High in Vitamin B6 which controls blood glucose levels that affect your mood. Bananas also aid cardiovascular health.

Apples: The old adage, "An apple a day, keeps the doctor away" can't ring truer. They are high in fibre, vitamins and antioxidants.

Pears: Also high in fibre which helps keep cholesterol down, pears contain Vitamins A, C, K, B2, B3 and B6. They also contain folate and several minerals and antioxidant nutrients.

Blueberries: They have the highest concentration of antioxidants of any fresh fruit.

Grapes: They are a rich source of Vitamins A, C, B6, folate, essential minerals and antioxidants, which help treat heart disease and reduce blood cholesterol.

Clementines: A great source of Vitamin C and fibre, clementines also contain calcium and Vitamin A. Their potassium content helps regulate blood pressure, muscle contractions and fluid balance.

Lemon (juice): Raw lemon juice is high in antioxidants and rich in Vitamin C, which aids the immune system as well as the digestive system.

Fruit salad with honeyed tahini dressing

Serving size 4


  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1 apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 pear, cored and chopped
  • 1 punnet blueberries, rinsed and drained
  • 1 punnet green grapes; rinsed, drained and sliced in half
  • 1 punnet black grapes; rinsed, drained and sliced in half
  • 1 clementine, peeled and separated
  • 60 millilitres tahini
  • 1 tablespoon honey — Manuka is a great choice
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground ginger
  • Pinch of ground sea salt
  • 5 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 tablespoons whole chia seeds (optional)


  1. To make the dressing, whisk the tahini, honey, lemon juice, spices, salt and water in a bowl until blended.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine all the fruits and slowly pour the dressing over them. If you are using chia seeds, sprinkle these over the fruit and then toss the salad to ensure everything is evenly coated.
  3. Serve immediately. Alternatively the salad can be stored for up to a week in the fridge. Toss it again before serving.

Make it your own

Substitute the above ingredients with your favourite fruits or whatever is in season.

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