I have to tell you a story. But first I need to clarify a few things otherwise the story just doesn’t make that much sense.

(a) Gym guy. We went out on a few dates, he helped me move. He was a really nice, good guy. But not the right really nice, good guy for me. My words, not his.

(b) Remember way back when I went to Cornell for Re-Visit weekend and I was talking about this guy and you were all suspicious about whether or not there was anything going on with us? Okay let’s be realistic, you probably don’t remember. Anyway, when I met this guy initially I was pretty sure that we were soulmates. It was just the kind of thing where I met him and was like, okay this is it. Not that I’m rushing anything.

So yesterday he comes up to me and says, “Are you dating anyone?”


Then he asks, “Were you dating someone?”

“In my life, yes, I have dated people.”

“Did you ever date someone named J—- B——?”

I stop. In my tracks. He is referring to my high school boyfriend who I dated for four years, whom my parents loved and wanted me to marry, and who I am still on really good terms with even though there is no romantic spark there at all. It just feels like kind of a waste to me to not be friends with someone who you spent four years of your life with and who probably still knows you better than most people.

“Yeah, in high school, why?”

He pauses, inhales, “I’m related to him.”

How crazy is THAT? Apparently J’s grandfather had been talking about the fact that I’m going to an MD/PhD program at some family gathering that J was not attending and soulmate boy put two and two together (via some intense facebook stalking).

My mom was very happy to hear this by the way. I believe her exact words were, “Well at least now there’s a chance you’ll still marry into that family.”

::Sigh:: Life can be ridiculous.

As stated in the title of this post, this is the BEST FRUIT SALAD EVER. Be warned, it’s very addictive. I adapted it from a Cooking Light recipe that initially called for kiwis instead of peaches. But I am allergic to kiwis, so they were definitely a no go. This was also my first experience with white balsamic vinegar. Which is addictive as well. But oh, so delicious.

Strawberry-Peach Salad with Basil
Serves 2, adapted from Cooking Light

1/4 cup half and half
2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar (I bought this at Trader Joe’s)
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 peaches
1 pint strawberries
2 tbsp basil, chopped

Combine the first four ingredients. Slice the peaches and quarter the strawberries. Toss well. Cover and chill for 1 hour. Stir in the basil just before serving.

I am submitting this to Souper Sundays, which was created and hosted by the lovely Deb of Kahakai Kitchen.

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20 Responses to The Best Fruit Salad Ever

  1. sugarlens says:

    Haha, your mom is funny – she gets right to the point. Your fruit salad looks fab!

  2. girlichef says:

    Wow, this does sound great…I’ve never tried white balsamic before, sounds great!! (LOL moms!)

  3. Ty'sMommy says:

    Don’t you just love irony?
    This looks fantastic though, I’m a big fan of balsamic vinegar, so I’m definietly gonig to have to try and find the white balsamic! Thanks for sharing this!

  4. Isn’t it just crazy how small the world can be sometimes! Your salad is fabulous!

  5. ttfn300 says:

    that is pretty funny 🙂 small world! love the white balsamic in this!

  6. Jeff says:

    lol!!!! My parents have given up on me finding someone. Dating is always a fun thing because you can play the 5th degree of seperation and figure out how each person knows an ex.

    Love the fruit salad idea.

  7. Karine says:

    The world is just sssooo small!

    By the way, your fruit salad looks delish!

  8. Kim says:

    Love to hear about your love life. Let us know what happens with the new guy. I’ve never heard of white balsamic, but it looks fantastic. Fruit salad can be so yummy with different sauces or dressings to jazz them up : ) I’m jealous that you have a Trader Joe’s!!

  9. Natashya says:

    What an interesting sauce! Sounds delish.
    I had that experience when the man I was head over heels with (years ago) bought a house way out in the west end. I didn’t know the area at all, but across the street the gentleman I was madly in love with further back in my youth.. had bought the house! They lived across the street from eachother. Too much.
    Also, I was big on crushes, as you can see.

  10. Debinhawaii says:

    Beautiful salad–it looks so good. Great story and keep us updated on what happens. 😉

  11. burpandslurp says:

    LMAO. That guy must have been one super dude to be loved so much by your mom! But then, you never know…your mom might be right, but let’s not get ahead of things yet…
    The salad looks stunning! But I’ve never heard of WHITe balsamic vinegar?

  12. Zoe says:

    ooo this does look like the best fruit salad. Funny story!

  13. It’s crazy how small the world can be sometimes, isn’t it? So maybe it really *is* fate. 🙂 Love fruit salads – this one looks great!

  14. Kristin says:

    The world is a very small place! Good luck with the soulmate, at least you have a good “in”now! I bookmarked the last recipe, just waiting for some eggplant. I have a ppn recipe too, will email it to you tomorrow.

  15. Elra says:

    No wonder why, you added balsamic vinegar in this salad. Looks delish!

  16. Laura says:

    Oh, I bet this is absolutely delicious with the basil in it. Thank you for sharing this!

  17. Donna-FFW says:

    Did the guy then ask you out??
    Anyhoo.. that fruit salad is going on my list of to makes before the end of the month. It sounds delicious and I am making it your way.

  18. Kalyn says:

    Funny story, but what really made me click in and comment is the idea of how amazing this salad must taste! Great recipe.

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