Fresh Fruit Salad with Orange Simple Syrup

Fruit salad kind of gets a bad rep.


It’s sometimes rather bland and tasteless, and even worse {shudder}… it’s boring. Sort of been-there, done-that.strawberries

But not this fruit salad!

It is loaded with fresh berries of all kinds- strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries, plus big, juicy red seedless grapes. It’s simple enough to make a big batch and just store away in the fridge for snacktime or for a delicious breakfast treat, and sophisticated enough to serve a crowd for a brunch party, bring to a potluck, or even serve at a wedding or baby shower. blueberries

Then, all that deliciousness is tossed in a sweet and tangy Orange-vanilla simple syrup. It is so lovely, colorful, dripping in shiny syrup, and really, really delicious.

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It is a perfect addition to your summertime table.

Fruit Salad with Orange-Vanilla Simple Syrup 

{original recipe from Pioneer Woman here, but I have adapted it to our tastes… i.e.- more berries!} 
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • Juice Of 1 Orange
  • Zest Of 1 Orange
  • 2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 pints Strawberries, Hulled And Halved
  • 1 pint Blueberries
  • 1 pint Blackberries
  • 2 cups Red & White Grapes, Halved
  • Coarsely chopped Mint Leaves, optional


For the simple syrup…

1. Place the sugar, water, orange juice and orange zest into a small saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 to thicken slightly. Set aside to cool, then store in the fridge until cold.

2. Mix together all the fruit in a large bowl and pour the syrup over the top, tossing gently to coat. Garnish with sprigs of mint leaves and serve.

3. Simply pack into resealable little plastic containers for easy transport and keep them chilled in the fridge until ready to serve.

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All the glorious pleasures of summer in one delicious dish!

I hope you’ll enjoy this one…



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