Simple and elegant fruit salad with berries, mingled with maple lime dressing and topped with a sophisticated prosecco cream, this berry dessert is perfect for entertaining.
Why I Love Salad with Berries and Prosecco Cream
I am all for easy dessert recipes. As a non-baker, I am always on the lookout for easy no baking dessert recipes. Especially dessert recipes that are quick to prepare but give that WOW factor.
With summer mixed berries in season, it was a no brainer to whip up a fruit salad with berries. But how to add that something extra? Of course, with alcohol! When you have a bottle of prosecco in the cupboard, you make good use of it. Ha.
This is a simple, elegant and sweet salad with berries topped with a delightful prosecco cream perfect for entertaining.
If you are looking for a special dessert for those end of year festivities and celebrations, this fruit salad would be a great match. Or just for a special treat on the weekend. Whatever keeps you happy!
Which Berries to Use In Fruit Salad
In this fruit salad recipe, I have used the three most popular summer berries, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Why? Firstly they are more readily available than other berries when in season but are also sweeter in flavour which works well in a fruit salad with berries.
Plus the colours! How beautiful is it to mix the bright strawberry reds with moody blueberries and plump reddish-pink raspberries?!
Other berries like blackberries, gooseberries and boysenberries are also delicious but possibly a little too tart for fruit salad with berries.
They will work better when adding to a fruit salad with sweeter fruits like watermelon, oranges and stone fruits. They are also fantastic cooked in jams, pies and other desserts.
Desserts with Alcohol
To make this mixed berries salad extra luxe, I decided to finish it with a prosecco cream.
I’ve always wanted to add sparkling wine like champagne or prosecco in my desserts but wasn’t sure how to do it, until now!
Desserts with alcohol can be tricky as the flavour profile of the drink can overpower your ingredients.
The result should be a delicious fragrant yet slightly boozy taste and not a total drunken feel with your desserts with alcohol.
Tiramisu is a classic example of how to make desserts with alcohol. The marsala wine matches so well with coffee and creamy mascarpone flavours.
If you are ever unsure, best to add less than more to test the recipe.
Cooking with Prosecco
Prosecco is a sparkling wine made primarily from prosecco (glera) grapes. Originated from Veneto, Italy people often ask what is the difference between champagne and prosecco. Other than location, you can’t call your sparkling wine champagne unless it is from the Champagne region in France.
The production process is quite different and generates a different kind of sparkling wine.
Prosecco tends to be more fruity and have floral aromas thanks to the prosecco grape. The bubbles are lighter but don’t last as long as there is less pressure in the carbonation process for prosecco.
When cooking with prosecco, it leans to a more sweeter, creamy profile, so it matches well with desserts. Other than prosecco cream, you can try adding prosecco to panna cotta, tiramisu or a strawberry granita. Y
ou can also use prosecco in white wine-based sauces and cooking chicken or fish dishes. And any leftover prosecco after cooking, I think it is best to consume chilled in a lovely glass.
How to Prep Salad Ahead
Fruit salads can be prepared in advance if you are entertaining and don’t have a lot of time to cut up the fruit at the time. Best to store individual cut fruit separately until ready to serve.
This salad with berries doesn’t require much prepping at all, but you can cut the strawberries up earlier and prepare the prosecco cream in advance.
Preferably prepare the prosecco cream on the day, but I did leave it overnight, and it was fine to eat the next day. Just give the prosecco cream a quick whisk to fluff up before serving.
Don’t add maple lime dressing to the salad until ready to serve.
How to Make It A Meal
Summer berries are a great match with many ingredients. I love how this mixed berries dessert salad is refreshing and luxurious at the same time.
I would recommend serving it after roast pork or lamb chops, grilled fish or vegetarian meals.
How to Make It Kid-friendly
So yes, this is a fruit salad for the adults, but of course, you can omit the prosecco in the cream if you are cooking for children as well.
I would add ½ tsp vanilla bean paste and ½ teaspoon of lime zest to the whipped mascarpone cream. This will add another layer of deliciousness.
How to Make Salad with Berries & Prosecco Cream
How To Prepare Salad
Wash blueberries and raspberries. Set aside for assembly.
Wash and trim strawberries. Chop them into quarters or smaller if you have larger strawberries.
Wash mint leaves and finely slice into thin ribbons.
How to Prepare Prosecco Cream
In a small mixing bowl, add mascarpone, thick cream, sugar and prosecco together.
Use a hand beater or electric whisk and gently whisk cream together. Beat until soft peaks.
How to Make Maple Lime Dressing
Mix maple syrup and lime juice together until combined.
How To Assemble Fruit Salad
I preferred to serve this dessert salad in individual glasses. If you have a larger group, you could serve the salad with berries in a large bowl and have the prosecco cream on the side. This way, friends can help themselves.
However, if you are serving in a large bowl to share, I would not dress the salad with berries until ready.
In a large mixing bowl, add mixed berries and maple lime dressing. Mix together.
Then add ¾ of mint ribbons and lime zest to the bowl. Toss together.
Gently spoon mixed berries into individual glasses. Top with prosecco cream and then finish with a scattering of mint ribbons and more lime zest.
I loved the end result of our fruit salad with berries. The mixed berries were deliciously refreshing with mint leaves and maple lime dressing. With the delicate prosecco cream served on top and then mixed through was lush and gave a little bit of a boozy bubbly kick.
Hubby thought the same too as he devoured his portion. Easy to prepare with a touch of sophisticated flavour, I think this is going to be a popular dessert salad for summer parties and festivities!
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Fruit Salad with Berries and Prosecco Cream
- 200 g blueberries
- 200 g raspberries
- 250 g strawberries
- 8 mint, leaves
- ½ lime, zest
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp lime, juice
- ¾ cup mascarpone
- ½ cup cream, thick
- 3 tbsp sugar
- ¼ cup prosecco
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- Wash blueberries and raspberries.
- Wash and trim strawberries. Chop them into quarters or smaller pieces if you have larger strawberries.
- Wash mint leaves and finely slice into thin ribbons.
- Mix maple syrup and lime juice together until combined.
- In a small mixing bowl, add mascarpone, thick cream, sugar and prosecco together.
- Use a hand beater or electric whisk and gently whisk cream together.
- Beat until soft peaks.
- In a large mixing bowl, add mixed berries and maple lime dressing. Mix together.
- Then add ¾ of mint ribbons and lime zest to the bowl. Toss together.
- Gently spoon mixed berries salad into individual glasses.
- Top with prosecco cream and then finish with a scattering of mint ribbons and more lime zest.
- Serve immediately.
- You can use your own selection of berries, whatever is in season.
- For a kid-friendly version, you can omit the prosecco in the mascarpone cream. Add ½ tsp vanilla bean paste and ½ teaspoon of lime zest to the whipped mascarpone cream instead.
- For larger groups, you can serve the salad of berries in a large bowl and have the prosecco cream on the side. Add maple lime dressing to berries only when you are ready to serve.
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