Gorge on late-sum­mer fruit with this tangy orange dip

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - NEWS - ByMelissa d’Ara­bian

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

ike most in-sea­son pro- duce, it is least ex­pen­sive 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 con­cen­trate. 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.

TANGY ORANGE FRUIT DIP INGREDIENTS

¾ cup 2-per­cent plain Greek yo­gurt 3ta­ble­spoons thawed orange juice con­cen­trate 2ta­ble­spoons finely chopped fresh mint

IN­STRUC­TIONS

Stir the yo­gurt and orange juice con­cen­trate to­gether in a small bowl. Top with the mint. Serve with fruit for dip­ping, or spoon on fruit for eat­ing with a spoon. Makes 6serv­ings.

MELISSA D’ARA­BIAN VIA AP

Tangy orange fruit dip with fresh mint from a recipe by Melissa d’Ara­bian.

3cups halved straw­ber­ries, or other berries or cut fruit

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