My husband and I often spent a summer week in Gardone at the Lake Garda in Northern Italy. There we lived in a beautiful historic hotel right at the lake and enjoyed the Italian way of life. One of my special friends in the hotel was Luciano who was working at the reception and serving refreshments in the garden. We love Italian vegetables, salads and “frutta fresca” (fresh fruits) very much. It tastes much better than ours in Middle Europe as it gets much more sun. One of my always favourites is fresh fruit salad, served then by Luciano with the most charming smile as “una bellissima Macedonia”. Macedonia, that´s how Italians call fruit salad, and “una bellissima” (“the most beautiful”) was his special way to offer the Macedonia. My Macedonia is dedicated to Luciano and to all Italian friends who I envy for their living and eating culture.
Pineapple sage leaves and lemons in ice-cold water
Wash and cut fruits and nuts and put into a bowl. The more colourful the fruits are the more success you will have when offering to children.
Squeeze the orange (if you have a fruit juicer you can of course use it and add other fruits to juice), pour the liquid over the salad and mix well.
With a spoon stir well the coconut yoghurt and put over the fruit salad. Spoon out the pulp of the passion fruits and pour over the coconut yoghurt. Garnish with peppermint or pineapple sage leaves.