Fresh Fruit Salad with Citrus Simple Syrup & Mint

Fresh Fruit Salad with Citrus Simple Syrup and Mint

Fresh Fruit Salad with Citrus Simple Syrup and Mint

This salad takes simple, beautiful, juicy, fresh fruit to a new level of tasty! The citrus simple syrup adds a kiss of sweetness, some bright citrus flavor, and gives the fruit a lovely shine.  The mint is subdued, and adds an herbal note that is unexpected and lovely.  Make this for your next breakfast or brunch get-together; your friends and family will thank you!  Serves 8

For the Citrus Simple Syrup:

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup lemon juice

1 cup sugar

zest of 1 lemon (1 teaspoon)

2 teaspoons chiffonade* (very thinly sliced) fresh mint

Combine the water, lemon juice, and sugar in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil and cook for about 3 minutes.  Remove from the heat and cool slightly.  Add the mint and refrigerate until cold.

For the Fruit:

4 cups fresh, cubed pineapple

2 large navel oranges, peeled, supremed*

1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and cut into quarters

4 kiwi, peeled, halved, and sliced

2 mangoes, peeled and cubed

Combine the fruit in a large bowl.  Add about 1/2 cup of the Citrus Simple Syrup. The fruit should be well coated, but do not use too much, as the fruit will also give off some liquid.

 

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