Seasonal Fruit Platter with Berry Dressing

Any gathering of people appreciate sweet, juicy, tropical fruits like pineapple, papaya, or mango, but apples, bananas, and grapes are also delicious choices.  Select the best of what’s available for your fruit platter, and place the pretty pink Berry dressing in a small, clear glass pitcher next to the fruit platter.

8-10 seasonal fruits of choice.  Cut them into attractive shapes (try some with cookie cutters) or bite-size pieces and arrange them on a platter.  Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 hours before serving. (8-10 servings)


Berry Dressing

1 Tbs. lemon zest
4 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice
16 medium-sized strawberries
40 raspberries
4 Tbs. agave nectar of other sweetener of choice
4 Tbs. flaxseed oil, hempseed oil, or extra-virgin olive oil
4 fresh basil leaves, chopped
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
Remove the lemon zest before juicing the lemons.  Transfer the lemon zest, lemon juice, and all of the remaining ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.  To remove any seeds from the dressing, strain it through a nut milk bag or fine-mesh strainer.

–from Raw Food Celebrations: Party menus for Every Occasion, by Nomi Shannon and Sheryl Duruz 

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