100 breakfast proof: pina colada fruit salad

Pineapples are one of my favorite fruits. I love them plain, grilled or shoved into a burger. It doesn’t take much to transform the pineapple into something special. When we were couch-surfing in Utrecht last September, our hosts had served pineapple tossed with fresh mint. That’s it. It was a very memorable end to a great evening.

This morning I had a small pineapple that I had found on special for 99 cents in Chinatown. I also had some strawberries that were a little past their prime. So I cut them up and created a boozy syrup out of rum and honey and vanilla. A little shredded coconut sprinkled about and it was perfect! It lifted what could have been a ho-hum fruit salad into the realm of fancy pants-ness. The heady scent of rum, vanilla and coconut is seriously intoxicating without being down-right boozy. It definitely made my Monday morning, but it’s more suited for a light summer dessert or weekend brunch item. This would be great with waffles, scones or pancakes or tossed with a bit of fresh mint or, oooh, even pistachios! Imagine the pineapple possibilities.

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19 comments to “100 breakfast proof: pina colada fruit salad”

  1. 1
    Patricia Scarpin   April 28, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    My kind of dessert!

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    bodaciousgirl   April 28, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Rum for breakfast?!?!


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    VeggieGirl   April 28, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    I LOVE the combination of strawberries and pineapple, since they’re both such juicy, sweet fruits; and your piƱa colada fruit salad?? I can’t think of a more delicious way to enjoy those fruits together – yum!!!! :0)

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    Rachel   April 28, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Oh yummy! I wish I had this for breakfast.

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    Stacy   April 28, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    oh that looks so good! i love pineapple and coconut. Where did you get it larged flaked like that and not totally in small shreds?

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    Bijoux   April 28, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    I seldom eat fruit unless it’s in a fruit salad or fancied up within a dessert of some kind. This, I can totally get used to – even with the rum!

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    Jessica   April 29, 2008 at 5:44 am

    fancy pants-ness. i love it.

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    bellcurves   April 29, 2008 at 8:11 am

    makes me think of summer! pineapple is refreshing. and, it’s also really good for you b/c it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals and an enzyme called bromelain which can help cells heal faster (like after a wound), and can break up blood clots. anyway…enough random trivia! :-) i also want to try pineapple with mint, the way your hosts served it–i’d never though of it before but it sounds good.

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    kickpleat   April 29, 2008 at 9:29 am

    patricia, this works anytime…not just for dessert!

    bodacious, indeed :)

    veggiegirl, the strawberries and pineapples work great together with the coconut and rum.

    thanks rachel. it’s easy enough to whip up anytime!

    stacy rae, i got the coconut at the gourmet warehouse on east hastings. it’s so much nicer looking that the small shreds!

    bijoux, i think this is something you can get used to easily!

    haha, jessica! glad you love it :)

    wow, bellcurves, glad to know that my breakfast was super healthy and delicious ;)

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    michelle @ TNS   April 29, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    i’m already thinking of all the ways i could eat this. there are many.

    breakfast, however, is not one of them. i have the tolerance of a fly, and a tablespoon is all it takes.

    i know. it’s sad.

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    EB   April 29, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    You are so clearly a girl after my own heart! Here’s to booze for breakfast!!

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    Rachael M.   April 30, 2008 at 7:22 am

    Well, I know what dessert I’ll be serving when we open up our patio for summer fun in a couple of weekends!

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    Wheeler's Frozen Dessert   April 30, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Looks awesome! I loooove Pina Colada!

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    The Urban Eater   April 30, 2008 at 6:43 am

    Just found your blog. Love it. I love the “I am not a blogger whore” line.

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    kickpleat   May 1, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    eb, i’ve also on occasion had beer for breakfast! shhhhhh.

    michelle, i admit that work on monday did leave me a bit flighty! i blame the rum. maybe as an after-dinner dessert, this would have been perfect!

    urban eater, thank you :)

    rachael, i love the idea of summer fun! summer where are you??

    wheeler, who doesn’t? drink up!

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    Wendy   May 1, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Heh… I just “happened” to have all the ingredients for this (after a trip to the grocery store), so I made it for breakfast this morning. So YUMMY! Thanks!!!

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    Anne Stesney   May 2, 2008 at 8:20 am

    I love coconut but never remember to put it in anything. Thanks for reminding me.

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    Brilynn   May 2, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    I’m a big fan of pineapple… and rum for breakfast is fine by me!

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    kickpleat   May 16, 2008 at 11:56 am

    wendy, so glad you enjoyed this!

    annie, sometimes a reminder is needed. i, however, am a coconut fiend, so i won’t forget ;)

    brilynn, glad i’m not the only rum fan for breakfast ;)

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