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Grilled Plum and Strawberry Skewers with Sweet Mint Pesto

This subtly sweet mint, basil, and pine nut pesto is a sensational partner for grilled juicy fruit. Another time, serve the pesto as a dip for a fresh fruit platter.

Prep: 20 minutes Grill: 3 minutes

Ingredients: 
2/3 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup lightly packed fresh basil
3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
1/2 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
3 tablespoons orange juice
dash salt
4 plums, pitted and each cut into sixths
8 large strawberries
Nonstick cooking spray

For pesto:.  
1. In a blender or small food processor, combine mint, basil, pine nuts, orange peel, orange juice,  and salt. Cover and blend or process until smooth, stopping and scraping side as needed. Set aside.
2. Thread plum wedges and strawberries on eight 6-inch-long skewers.* Lightly coat fruit with nonstick cooking spray. For a charcoal grill, grill skewers on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 3 to 4 minutes or until heated through and grill marks are visible, turning occasionally to brown evenly. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place skewers on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as above.)
3. Serve skewers with pesto.

*Tip: If using wooden skewers, soak skewers in enough water to cover for at least 1 hour before grilling.

Number of Servings: 4
Serving Size: 2.0 skewers with 1 tablespoon pesto
Nutrition Facts (per serving) : 85 cal., 4 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 36 mg sodium, 12 g carb., 1 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 3 g pro.
Daily Values: 8% vit. A, 60% vit. C, 3% calcium, 19% iron
Exchanges: 1 Fruit, 0.5 Fat

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