Fruit salad can easily stand in for a lot of dishes come summertime. Breakfast, a side with dinner, a snack on the beach, a light dessert. These are all easy and delicious ways to use the abundance of fruits which come into peak during the summer season.
While mixing and matching your fruits of choice is incredibly easy, and yummy, there are a few key tools to making a summer fruit salad which will last through high heat.
The addition of acid from lemon juice or grapefruit slices helps to keep fruit from turning brown or mushy before eating. A simple syrup adds some additional sweetness to fruit which may be otherwise tart, encouraging varying fruit flavors to meld together on your fork or spoon. A sprinkle of mint or herb can create a refreshing update to the general fruity flavor profile.
These are all simple upgrades that can keep your fruit salad fresh and unique all season long. While your fruit salad style is completely up to you, we have an awesome basic recipe to get you started.
This quick recipe for fruit salad with herb, citrus, mint-maple or basic syrup is a great go-to for salad making. With it's different syrup variations, the salad becomes incredibly versatile and easily updated. Try it out and let us know what you think!
Do you have any go-to fruit salad medleys come summertime? Let us know in the comments below!
Fruit Salad with Herb, Citrus, Mint-Maple or Basic SyrupRecipe courtesy What's Cookin' via Epicurious.com
1 pint strawberries, hulled and halved
1 half-pint raspberries
1 half-pint blueberries or blackberries
2 oranges, peeled and cut into sections
2 kiwis, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 mango, peeled, pitted, and cut into large chunks
1 papaya, peeled, pitted, and cut into large chunks
2 cups fresh pineapple cut into large chunks
1 cup cantaloupe or honeydew melon cut into large chunks
1/4 cup fresh mint, julienned
Basic, Herb, Mint-Maple or Citrus syrups
Fresh rosemary or mint sprigs if you're using Herb Syrup
Combine all the fruit in a large bowl and stir in one of the syrups. Garnish with the mint or rosemary sprigs if you're using Herb Syrup.