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"Enlightenmint" Fruit Skewers with Raspberry Balsamic Ponzu
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"Enlightenmint" Fruit Skewers with Raspberry Balsamic Ponzu

How do I love fruit?  Let me count the ways...  :) 

On the road to Vegetarian/Veganism, I've tried it all.  I was a Raw Foodist for a while and once for a time, I was a Fruitarian.  I love and adore fruit like it's my best friend and cosmic teacher!  Such brilliance in design, aesthetic and flavor.  Fruit is pure vitamin-packed food and frankly, it just makes me feel pleasantly light and happy when I eat it.

This recipe is fun for the color but for those fruit-worshipping-mystic-yoginis out there: note the rainbow colors of the chakra system represented!  I once called these "Chakra Kabobs," because I like the idea of eating foods according to color and energetic vibration.  It's like Spiritual Nutrition!

I also love the fruit family because vitamins and minerals are naturally filtered in, not to mention the pure (if fruit is organic) water content, super hydrating and good for human water-bodies of all kinds! :)

Last but not least I must mention mint; the green healing genius. I sneak it into recipes every chance I get, it is so refresingly Alive!  The Balsamic is just the icing on the cake/fruit :) 

These fruit skewers make me feel Good, Loving, Light and Abundant.  That sounds pretty "Enlightenminty" to me... See what you think!


"Enlightenmint" Fruit Skewers with Raspberry Balsamic Ponzu

1 pint fresh organic Strawberries

1/2 fresh Cantaloupe, chopped

1/2 fresh Pineapple, chopped

1 cup Green Grapes

1 pint fresh organic Blueberries

1 cup Purple/Red Grapes

1/2 cup fresh Mint Leaves


1/4 cup Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar

1 tbsp fresh Orange Juice

1/2-1 tsp fresh Lemon Juice

1 tbsp Agave Syrup (or other sweetening liquid)

1 tbsp organic Grapeseed Oil (optional)

*You will need slender, short-to-medium wooden or stainless steel skewers for this recipe.


Clean and prepare fresh fruit.  Remove tops and slice strawberries in half lengthwise so they resemble little hearts.  You can cut cantaloupe into one-inch cubes or you can use a melon baller, either way is great.  Cut pineapple into 1/2 inch cubes. 

Beginning with the strawberries at the base, work up the rainbow, red berry, orange melon, yellow pineapple, green grape, two blueberries, purple grape.  Continue until all fruit is skewered, place flat on a dish or in a casserole. 

In a small bowl, add all ponzu ingredients and whisk.  Drizzle desired amount of ponzu over skewers.  Chop the mint and sprinkle over the top of skewers.  Place on a clean serving dish if desired, refrigerate until ready or serve right away. 


*You can substitute fresh basil in this recipe and add sea salt and pepper if you would like it to have savory edge.  A tiny bit of rosemary can be nice.  ;)

*The oil helps the ponzu stick to the fruit, but it is okay to leave it out if you prefer oil-free recipes.  I use a specific vinegar, it is perfection!  Such a pure raspberry taste for something bottled.  It is called Leonardo e Roberto's Gourmet Blends: Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar.  It is available online at

*Play around with other fruit combinations that work for you.  It seems digestion is very individual.  I have no problems with fruits, but others do.  Choose fruits for colors you are attracted to or make a mono-kabob!  Whatever works for you, the mint and ponzu are delightful on a wide array of organic seasonal fruits, and vegetables too.   

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*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.

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  1. Carolyn
    Vote #2 Buddhas Delight! The fruit skewers are appealing to the eye as well!
    1. BuddhasDelight
      thank you! yes they are. i love for food to be as beautiful as it is tasty :)
  2. Roopam
    This looks absolutely brilliant...and I love the way you connect spirituality. Fruits have so many benefits...besides being delicious and superbly colorful:) #7
    1. BuddhasDelight
      thank you. i am a holistic health practitioner, energy worker and meditation teacher, so these aspects sneak into my recipes for sure :) i try to eat close to the earth and it's easy for me, she offers so many beautiful treasures to choose from! i am big on color as well! eating/diet is a very individual thing but i tend to feel best with the bulk of my intake being whole fruits and veg and lots of herbs and greens, pure water, warm unsweetened herbal tea. lentils i am starting to love! and rice is eternally nice... ;) oh i do love to cook! so nice to have such lovely online veg cooking friends! cheers!
      1. Roopam
        wow! that's wonderful to glad to meet such a positive soul...:)I practice yoga at home and also attend sahaja meditation. Are you a part of any particular meditation group?
        1. BuddhasDelight
          cool! you know, meditation is funny. people think it is very hard and you need to be a monk or know just the right technique but what i have learned is to just close your eyes is enough. just to close the eyes and breathe. and to be, and to not un-think but to be a witness to thoughts. the best meditation moments i have had are just to sit in nature, or actually to lie across a blanket rather hap hazzardly, lol, eyes closed just to feel, just to be, just to feel the warmth of the sun upon you. just to feel the love and the peace of nature, reminds us we are also that. anyway, i am waxing a bit poetic here, or cheesy, you decide, but really i love meditation and nature so much. these are the remedies. ;) i do transformation meditation (transformation that is where i got some of my training, but my approach is loose. i work a lot with transforming feelings and energies, this is what meditation is at it's best. it is going within to find the inner healer, the inner genius, the inner magic. we all have that. now at this moment on earth, it is about remembering and reconnecting to that inner most part, which then opens us up to realize out connection as well with the outer most limits. cheers, blessings. thank you for your question, clearly it inspired much to bubble up! (in addition to my vegan cookbook, am working on guided meditation book. will keep you posted!) :) happy day.
  3. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    These are so beautiful. I love mint as well and try and stick it into as many recipes as possible. It grows like a weed here in California.
    1. BuddhasDelight
      exactly, i looove mint. i am in northern california and it is quite happy growing outside with very little help from me! nature is miraculous! i had a bad tum this morning and... mint tea to the rescue! :)
  4. Carolyn
    So glad the gorgeous fruit skewers made Top Posts!
    1. Veganara
      Vote no 9. Yes, this definitely deserved to make it to Top Posts! they look wonderful, and I am not even a great fruit lover! I may well try making these some time though.
  5. SnakeWitch
    I only think that the cantaloupe is a sweet fruit, whereas the rest of your recipe requires acidic or semi acidic fruits. This may cause problemes for digestion, and I would only suggest people substitute with orange slices instead. The colours are gorgeous! This is definitely one to bring out for special guests at home!


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