Red fruit salad with rose scented cream

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Red fruit salad with rose scented cream makes the most of sweet ripe strawberries, grapes, plums and cherries. Growing up I often helped my mother prepare afternoon tea on Sundays especially when we were having guests.

One of her favorite summer desserts was macerated strawberries topped with vanilla scented whipped cream. There certainly is nothing that speaks to Summer like a bowl of fresh ripe strawberries bursting with sweetness.

Except perhaps a bowl of red fruit salad with sweet ripe strawberries, grapes, plums and cherries macerated in sugar or honey and lemon juice and topped with a delicious rose water scented cream. I have not had strawberries and cream in a very long time and when I spied the small sweet ripe strawberries I just could not resist. They were followed in to my basket by cherries, red grapes, and juicy plums.

With Summer winding down it won’t be long before all the imported berries and stone fruits are no longer as plentiful. Unfortunately, the UAE heat does not support much locally grown produce of this nature during the summer months, although we do occasionally get organic locally grown strawberries and mulberries.

If you prefer something more substantial for dessert why not try this Cape Malay Potato pudding or these Pancakes with mixed berries.

Red fruit salad with rose water scented cream 1

Red fruit salad anyone?

Red fruit salad with rose water scented cream 2

Red fruit salad with rose scented cream

Razena Schroeder
Red fruit salad with sweet ripe strawberries, grapes, plums and cherries topped with a delicious rose water scented greek yogurt cream
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine South African
Servings 4
Calories 252 kcal


Red fruit salad

  • 100 grams ripe sweet strawberries
  • 100 grams red plums
  • 100 red grapes
  • 100 grams cherries
  • 15 ml sugar or 10 ml honey or stevia to taste approximately 1 tablespoon
  • 2.5 ml lemon juice approximately 1/2 teaspoon
  • Fresh coarsely ground black pepper few grinds only to taste

Rose scented cream

  • 125 ml double cream approximately 1/2 cup
  • 60 ml greek yogurt approximately 1/4 cup
  • 2.5 ml rose water approximately 1/2 teaspoon


  • Rinse all the fruits under cold water without breaking the skin.
  • Stone and slice the cherries and plums and add to a bowl.
  • Hull and slice the strawberries and add to the other fruits.
  • Remove grapes from the stalk and add to the other fruits. Slice in half if the grapes are too big.
  • Add the sugar ( or honey / stevia) and lemon juice and mix lightly to combine.
  • If adding the black pepper, do so now, then cover with plastic wrap.
  • Allow to macerate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to allow the juices to draw and form a syrup.
  • Whisk the cream, greek yogurt and rose water until soft peaks form.
  • Dish fruit salad into dessert plates and top with a dollop of cream before serving.


Taste the fruit for sweetness while preparing it. If it is too tart, add more honey or sugar as required.


Serving: 0gCalories: 252kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 20mgPotassium: 416mgFiber: 2gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 645IUVitamin C: 23.1mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 0.6mg

Disclaimer: Nutritional information for the recipe is an approximation and varies according to the ingredients and products used.

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  • Reply
    Neli @ Delicious Meets Healthy
    August 27, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Oh, this looks so delicious and juicy. Cherries are one of my favorite summer fruits. I will definitely be trying this recipe. love it!

    • Reply
      August 27, 2015 at 11:18 pm

      Thank you, I hope you like the flavor combinations. Let me know what you think of it 🙂

  • Reply
    Madiha Nawaz
    August 27, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    I’d love to have this salad as my lunch! Love the addition of rose water to it that I’m sure imparts a very unique flavor.
    Gorgeous recipe and Jazak’Allah Khair for sharing! 🙂

    • Reply
      August 27, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      Ameen, and you. I had it for dessert after lunch 🙂

  • Reply
    Anne Murphy
    August 27, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Oh, I love the idea of using rosewater!

    I use vanilla whipped cream with fruit all the time, and, actually I know that in medieval Europe rosewater was used for many things where we now use vanilla, but I never thought to do the substitution. It should be marvelous. (I may try that with the peaches, next.)

    • Reply
      August 27, 2015 at 8:27 am

      My mother used vanilla too, but I’ve been adding rose water and orange blossom water to many things this past summer and love the fragrance it gives. Somehow it went very well with the slight bite of the black pepper too.

  • Reply
    August 27, 2015 at 5:43 am

    This is absolutely lovely! It sounds like the perfect topping for fruit

    • Reply
      August 27, 2015 at 8:25 am

      Thank you, the slight tang of the greek yogurt offset the rich creaminess of the double thick cream.

  • Reply
    August 27, 2015 at 3:04 am

    Yummy!! Love the colours.

    • Reply
      August 27, 2015 at 6:21 am

      Thank you 🙂

  • Reply
    Molly Kumar
    August 27, 2015 at 1:45 am

    I can eat a whole bowl full of this salad 😉 Yum!

    • Reply
      August 27, 2015 at 6:21 am

      I did 🙂

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