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.