PEAR, PEACH AND CUCUMBER SALAD WITH WALNUTS AND RUM-VANILLA SYRUP

Pear, Peach and Cucumber Salad With Walnuts and Rum

I just came back from a kamikaze trip into Pistoia and now I feel as if someone have clubbed me down a bit if that is possible. To get into the car to drive home was like descending into Hell. It is at times like this I am happy to live out in the countryside on a hill side where the heat is less oppressive. But in a few days time we are heading north to Sweden where we will spend three weeks and from what I hear now, the weather is quite the opposite of what it is like here. So you can imagine that sometimes I feel like eating fresh food like fruit salads. Now if you pop in here fairly regularly you can’t have missed my cucumber mountain and you will hardly be surprised to learn that I have made a fruit salad with cucumber in it. Cucumber has a nice clean taste and it goes very well with fruit too, I actually think that in this case, the cucumber lifts this fruit salad to a new dimension as it adds a nice freshness it. The addition of cooked bulgur gave the salad a bit of body and the walnuts some crunch.

Pear, Peach and Cucumber Salad With Walnuts and Rum

PEAR, PEACH AND CUCUMBER SALAD WITH WALNUTS AND RUM-VANILLA SYRUP
4 servings

fruit salad:
2 peaches
2 pears
1 small cucumber
100 ml/ 0,42 cup cooked bulgur
10 walnuts halves
zest from 1 lime chopped finely or cut into thin, thin strips

syrup:
50 ml/ 0,21 cup rum
50 ml/ 0,21 cup water
100 g/ 3,5 oz sugar
1 pinch of vanilla powder (ground vanilla pods) or 1-2 tsp vanilla extract

– Start with the syrup: put the ingredients in a small pan and let it simmer until it has thickened into a syrup. Leave to cool.
– Cut the fruit into pieces, if the skins are thick peel them off, otherwise keep them as it adds a bit of colour.
– Peel the cucumber and dice it finely. Chop or crush the walnuts.
– Put fruit, cucumber and walnuts in a bowl, add as much of the syrup you want, the lime zest and stir. Leave to marinate for 10 minutes.
– Add the bulgur and serve.

Pear, Peach and Cucumber Salad With Walnuts and Rum

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