Recipe for Giglio's Fruit Salad


8 plums, pitted and sliced
6 peaches, pitted, peeled, and
1 sliced
1 banana, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup grapes, seedless or seeded
1/2 cup champagne or dry sparkling
1 wine (or riesling)
1/2 hot pepper, seeded and cut
1 in two pieces
1 head boston lettuce, torn
1 into small pieces
1/2 cup rice dream


From Cooking From an Italian Garden, by Paola Scaravelli (Holt, Rinehart, & Winston: 1984) a vegetarian but very high fat cookbook - ADAPTED

Put fruit in a bowl, drain and reserve juice.

Put champagne and the hot pepper in a small saucepan, bring to a boil and remove from heat. Discard hot pepper and let champagne sit for 10 minutes. Combine fruit and lettuce in a salad bowl or individual salad bowls. Add Rice Dream to cooled champagne and mix well. Pour over salad and serve immediately.

The original recipe called for heavy cream, and I have tested it with Rice Dream. It tastes great, but Rice Dream does have fat. I have not tried low fat soy milk (can't find it, for one thing), but the vanilla flavor would probably be perfect. It is also good, though not as good, without a cream substitute at all. A sweeter wine such as Riesling is better without Rice Dream.

NOTE: boil the wine longer if you want all of the alcohol out. I don't serve this to children or alcoholic friends. Most of it seems to be gone, however.

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