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Freaky Fruit Salad

In honor of Halloween (a bit late, I know), here's one of my new favorite potluck dishes.  For those unfamiliar with lychee, it is a small Asian fruit with an unusual taste and texture.  When canned, the pit is removed but the rest is left intact, leaving little pale, fleshy cups of fruit.  That's where the grapes come in.

Freaky Fruit Salad

Lychee - 1 can, drained (Most canned lychees come pitted and peeled, and that's what you want for this recipe.)
Red seedless grapes - 1 cup
Mixed berries - 1 cup
Melon - 1 cup, cut into bite-sized pieces (Any type of melon will do, depending on your taste.  I use a combination of cantalope and honeydew.)
Citrus fruit cocktail - 1 cup, drained (I buy the prepackaged kind.  If you can't find it, then the meat of one orange and one grapefruit will do nicely.)

After thoroughly washing grapes, stuff one inside each lychee "cup".  (You will be left with something that looks very much like an eyeball but tastes suprisingly delicious.)  Gently combine with all other fruits.  If your berry mixure includes raspberries or strawberries, they will stain the lychee slightly, but that works.

If you are feeling really ambitious, you can also cut the melon into freaky shapes.  I have a small set of cookie cutters, the largest about 1 1/2 inch across, that work very well for this.  Honeydew makes very good moons, ghosts and skulls, and cantalope excellent pumpkins and cats.

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