Tuesday, 8 November 2011

{Zespri Kiwifruit Recipes} Kiwi, Lime & Mint Cooler, Avocado with Gold Kiwifruit Salsa and Pan-fry Salmon with Green Kiwifruit

Using fresh fruits in either Cooking/Baking is always something that interests me. As you can search through my recipes list, I have tired many dishes with fresh fruit like mango, apple, orange, avocado and etc. And this “Kiwifruit” feast featured here was inspired by the ZESPRI Kiwifruit tasting event held at Heart Bistro which I have missed out last week.

With the goodwill of the folks from Edelman(ZESPRI's PR), they have sent me a set of their press kit which includes fresh kiwifruit, kiwifruit recipes, cute kiwifruit 2GB thumb drive and etc. Below are 3 recipes using fresh ZESPRI Kiwifruit which I would like to share with you and hopefully it would inspired you to in-cooperate some kiwifruit in your daily dishes too.

In Singapore you can easily get a pack of these yummy ZESPRI Kiwifruit from any leading supermarkets or fruit stalls. And do you know ZESPRI Kiwifruit are the most "nutrient dense" of popular fruits that belong in the "Super Fruits" category. Each bite contains more essential nutrients than the other 27 most popular fruits.

ZESPRI Kiwifruit also contains more than 210% of the recommended daily intakes of Vitamin C which gives you 2 times more Vitamin C than an orange. Furthermore it is also a good source of folate which is essential for healthy development of the foetus in early pregnancy. You can read more details HERE with a kiwifruit skin firmer recipe too.


KIWI, LIME AND MINT COOLER


If resources is possible do use fresh Green or Gold kiwifruit in your drinks if you are preparing kiwifruit juice or puree to get the full goodness out of them. Here to start off, let's have a glass of freshly blended "Kiwi, Lime and Mint Cooler" to refresh your body after a hectic day at work. And by adding mint leaves it also act as a fresh and aromatic flavor to the drink with a cool aftertaste.


(serves: 2 | Preparation: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
2 ZESPRI Gold Kiwifruit, cut into halves
2 ZESPRI Green Kiwifruit, cut into halves
1 Teaspoon of Honey
15ml, Juice of Half Lime
1/4 Cup Mint Leaves
1/2 Cup Ice Cubes, optional
150ml Chilled Sprinkling Water/Sprite/Wine

Method:-
1. Blend kiwifruit with honey, lime juice, mint leaves and ice cubes till combined. (I prefer mine without ice so usually i will used chilled sprinkling water/sprite)

2. Divide into cups and top with chilled sparking water and serve.



AVOCADO WITH GOLD KIWIFRUIT SALSA


For starter let's have some crunch to go with the cooler. Does this "Avocado with Gold Kiwifruit Salsa serve on Corn Chips" sound good to you? It is a refreshing dish with hint of sweet, sour and spicy taste due to the adding of lime juice and chopped chilli. This definitely serves well as a party food or tapas to go with cocktail or beer.


Recipe adapted and modify from ZESPRI, Singapore website HERE.
(serves: 2-3 | Preparation: 10 minutes)

Ingredients:
2 Ripe ZESPRI Gold Kiwifruit, cubes
1 Ripe Avocado, cubes
1/2 Tablespoon Runny Honey
Juice of 1/2 Lime
1 Red Chilli, seed removed and chopped
1 Tablespoon Shredded Basil/Mint Leaves

Method:-
1. Mix honey, lime juice, chilies and herbs in a bowl.

2. Stir in kiwifruit and avocado cubes and marinate for about 15 - 30 minutes.

3. Upon serving, spoon mixture on corn chips and serve it as starter or pairing with wine and beer too.

You can also serve this salsa on it's own by the side of the main course or mix it together with some shredded chicken and salad greens and serve as a quick salad too. No matter which is your preference style I am sure this appetizing salsa will make your meal taste great.



PAN-FRY SALMON WITH GREEN KIWIFRUIT


Salmon has earned its research reputation as a health-supportive food based on it's amount of omega-3 fatty acid content. Here we are using two nutritious ingredients to form a main course which is so easy to prepare and yet so healthy for the whole family.


Recipe adapted and modify from ZESPRI, Kiwifruit Recipes booklet
(serves: 2 | Preparation: 15 minutes | Cooking: 6 - 8 minutes)

Ingredients:
2 - 3 ZESPRI Green Kiwifruit
1 Small Chilli, seeded and diced
1 Teaspoon Maple Syrup/Honey
450g Salmon Fillet, halves
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
2 Servings of your desire Salad Greens

Dressing:
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Honey
2 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
Freshly Ground Black Pepper to Taste

Method:-
1. Place salmon in a deep bowl together with chili, vinegar and honey. Marinate for at least 15 - 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, peel and slice the ZESPRI Green Kiwifruit in wedges.

3. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and saute the drained salmon for 3 minutes or until just cooked (according to your own preference).

4. To assemble, pile the salad greens in individual serving plates, top with kiwifruit and salmon.

5. Combine the ingredients for the dressing and drizzle over the salad. Garnish with extra black peeper if desired.

Don't back off from this dish if you are worry about the "smell" of the salmon fish as the marinade from the chopped chilli and apple cider vinegar actually has mask it quite well to flavour this dish. And furthermore to ease your cooking chore, you can even place the salmon on a grease disposal foil tray and bake in the toaster oven for about 8 minutes(turning once) depending on your preference for cooking the salmon.



Coming Up Next
KIWIFRUIT AND LIME CUPCAKES


Lastly I hope you would enjoy the above 3 Kiwifruit Recipes which I have shared with you. And to finished up our kiwifruit feast with some yummy dessert, I have also prepared some "Kiwifruit and Lime Cupcakes" too. If you are keen to find out more about the above-mentioned recipe do stay around for the next upcoming post on Baking with Kiwifruit.

13 comments:

  1. Ellena, I'm truly impressed by all these dishes.  I love golden kiwi (usually only available for a few weeks here, so it's important to eat A LOT that time) and everything here looks delicious and I want to give them a try!  My mouth naturally water by looking at pictures and talking about them.  Thanks for sharing... this is a wonderful post Ellena!

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  2. Nasi Lemak Lover8/11/11 6:13 pm

    All your creation look beautiful and yummy! I especially like to try the Salsa, a good side dish when i prepare for a roast meat! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Ellena, This is a great post you've shared with us. I love all the three recipes, so beautiful and healthy.
    Can't wait to see your next post!!

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  4. Lyn Trinix9/11/11 4:11 am

    I love all your kiwi recipes here and your Kiwi cooler is what I need now for the humid weather lately!

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  5. I am screaming, "KIWI HEAVEN"!!!! :D
    I LOVE every single dish prepared by you, and really, I am such a picky eater that I tend to like certain combos and not others, but yours are all truly HEAVENLY:)
    I don't need to pick, I want them all! You are a brilliant cook, I love the idea of kiwi with salmon, with lime in cupcakes, and drinks...oh, didn't I mention, I LOVE everything???:D

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  6. Thanks Nami for your kind words. I love golden kiwi too but then both gold and green are ok for me.

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  7. Thanks Sonia :) Yup i love the salsa too can be served in many different ways.

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  8. Thanks Ann. Love your recent Masala Chicken post too :) yum yum.

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  9. Great kiwi recipes.I have a small vine of kiwifruit in my garden.Those are normal 'old ' variaty.But i have to say zespri I prefer as it is sweeter and softer flesh.Have you ever tried kiwiberries..they look taste like kiwi but are more sized like beriies;)

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  10. The entire meal is so kiwi-ish! and so healthy and nutritious. 

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  11. Ellena, you posted are always so full of inspiration. Mostly important you brought in the good nutritious of the fruits. Now I know what to do with my kiwi..& lime !! Great recipes!!

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  12. Daphne Natalie Lee11/11/11 8:04 pm

    Beautiful n yummy creations that look like works of art. Fantastic!

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  13. I've never thought of mixing kiwi into savory meals!!! I will have to try sometime!

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