Tart, sweet and juicy, berries come in many varieties'from bright and delicate raspberries to sweet strawberries; from plump little blueberries to rich, fragrant blackberries. Fresh-squeezed passion-fruit juice adds a tart edge to the berries in this salad.
In a large serving bowl, combine the strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, red currants and black currants.
Cut each passion fruit in half. Holding a strainer over the bowl of berries, spoon the passion fruit and seeds into the strainer. Press the flesh and seeds with the back of a spoon to squeeze all of the juice through the strainer onto the berries. Reserve a few of the seeds left in the strainer and discard the rest.
Add the sugar and lime juice to the berries. Gently toss. Sprinkle with the reserved passion-fruit seeds. Serve the salad immediately or cover and chill briefly.
' Instead of passion-fruit juice, add 3 tbsp (45 mL) crème de cassis. Chill the salad until ready to serve.
' Berry salad with fresh peach sauce: Omit the passion fruit. Peel, pit and purée 2 large, ripe peaches. Sweeten with 2 tbsp (25 mL) sugar, 1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh lemon juice, and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) pure vanilla extract. Drizzle with 1 tbsp (15 mL) peach brandy, if you wish.
' Fresh berry sundae: Scoop 1/2 cup (125 mL) low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt onto 6 dessert plates and spoon the berries over the top. Sprinkle with a few toasted almonds, if desired.
Each serving provides: calories 89, calories from fat 9, fat 1 g, saturated fat 0 g, cholesterol 0 mg, carbohydrate 22 g, fibre 6 g, sugars 15 g, protein 1 g.
Choices per serving: Carbohydrate 1