Gorge on late-sum­mer fruit with tangy or­ange fruit dip

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FOOD+FUN - By Melissa D’ara­bian

Late sum­mer fruit is per­haps my fa­vorite. Berries are juicy and sweet, in their last flour­ish be­fore slip­ping away into elite and ex­pen­sive sta­tus. Peaches and plums are soft and caramel-like in fla­vor. Even the hum­ble peb­bly-skinned can­taloupe boasts rich or­ange f lesh and syrupy-sweet fla­vor.

Like most in-sea­son pro­duce, it is least in­ex­pen­sive this time of year, which makes my wal­let happy. I’ll ad­mit: I al­most al­ways over­buy late sum­mer fruit. Per­haps it’s the threat of my fa­vorites dis­ap­pear­ing, or maybe it’s the great prices and vi­ta­min sup­ply. But now is the time when I find my­self serv­ing fruit plates to my fam­ily to fin­ish ev­ery meal, and I reach for a bas­ket of berries for snack­ing. Dessert for sum­mer

bar­be­cues al­most al­ways star sweet fresh fruit.

The per­fect ad­di­tion to your fruit reper­toire is to­day’s in­cred­i­bly easy Tangy Or­ange Fruit Dip. It has only three in­gre­di­ents, so it’s whipped up in sec­onds, not min­utes. And it’s healthy enough that if you end up eating a whole recipe your­self, you’ll still feel great, and cel­e­brate the big boost of pro­tein you just had. (This might be the voice of ex­pe­ri­ence.)

The base of the dip is low-fat plain Greek yogurt, which gives it tang, and the afore­men­tioned pro­tein. Sim­ply stir in a sur­prise in­gre­di­ent: or­ange juice con­cen- trate. A lit­tle goes a long way, but this sweet gem of an in­gre­di­ent mag­i­cally trans­forms acidic yogurt into a tangy-sweet de­light that brings out the best in ripe, al­most-over­sweet fruit. Add some finely chopped fresh mint leaves, and you have an un­beat­able com­bi­na­tion that will com­ple­ment your late sum­mer fruit stash.

MELISSA D’ARA­BIAN VIA AP

Tangy or­ange fruit dip with fresh mint

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