FRUIT SALAD WITH ZINGY DRESS­ING

Serves 6

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1 mango ½ a pineap­ple 1 dragon fruit 8 ly­chees, skinned 1 star fruit, sliced width­ways 2 pas­sion fruits, pulp only Ed­i­ble flow­ers, to serve (op­tional)

For the zingy dress­ing

A few fresh basil leaves A few fresh co­rian­der sprigs, chopped 4tbsp sugar 2 lemon­grass stalks 3cm (1¼in) piece of fresh ginger Juice of 2 lemons Juice of 4 limes Take the skin off the mango and pineap­ple, chop the flesh into chunks and pop in a serv­ing bowl. Cut the dragon fruit into chunks and add to the bowl. You can leave the pretty skin on, but don’t eat it. Mix in the ly­chees, star fruit and pas­sion fruit.

For the dress­ing, grind the basil, co­rian­der and sugar to a paste with a pes­tle and mor­tar. Re­move the outer leaves of the lemon­grass, peel the ginger, chop both and add to the mor­tar, bash­ing to re­lease the flavour.

Squeeze in the lemon and lime juice, mix, then re­move the ginger and lemon­grass. Driz­zle the dress­ing over the fruit salad, scat­ter with ed­i­ble flow­ers if you like, and serve.

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