Eating fruit is very healthy, which is why cooks and chefs like Ina Garten work their magic to turn a regular fruit salad into an irresistible treat. In one of the episodes of Barefoot Contessa Eat Like a Pro, Garten reveals that her secret to a scrumptious fruit salad lies in Limoncello. Anyone who enjoys tipsy desserts will surely love to add this tip to their cooking bag of tricks.
Why Ina Garten Recommends Limoncello
Garten said in the 2018 episode of her show that, when she needs a quick dessert that’s sure to impress, she often finds the answer in her liquor cabinet. There are many types of liquors that pair incredibly well with different types of desserts, including the creamy and chocolatey Baileys, flavourful Rum, and, in this case, Limoncello. This Italian lemon liqueur made with lemon zest, spirit, and simple syrup adds both sweetness and freshness to a fruit salad. Garten also uses this amazing liqueur for other desserts, such as her famous Limoncello cheesecake squares.
A Quick Dessert Solution
Ina Garten’s fruit salad calls for sliced strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and a sliced banana. The berries are mixed with a bit of sugar and Limoncello and left to sit for a bit before the banana is gently folded in. The salad is then topped with a mixture of Greek yogurt combined with a spoonful of honey, a dash of lemon curd, and a sprinkling of pure vanilla extract. Topped with a fresh mint sprig for flavor and aesthetics, the quick dessert is ready to serve within minutes!
Enjoy Whatever the Season Brings
Although Garten’s recipe calls for specific berries, fans who loved the dessert idea made it their own by using whatever fruit was in season at the time. The results are still amazing and will surely elevate any get-together that features the Limoncello-infused fruit salad.