Basil Lime Fruit Salad

June 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

This is another delicious recipe I got from Katie, who brought us these. Normally, I like my fruit pretty plain- without any sugar or anything else. But this fruit salad has such a light, refreshing syrup that it doesn’t mask the flavor of the fruits. Plus, I got to use basil from our basil plant- score!

The original recipe comes from here. I changed the fruit around a little bit and put way less sugar. If you like sweeter fruit salad, feel free to use the full amount. I like to use 4 different colored fruits because it makes it really pretty. Here’s a tip though- don’t mix all the fruit together until right before you are going to serve it. I chopped it in advance, then stored it in 4 containers. It will still taste good if you mix it ahead of time, but the colors will start to run together a little.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 T grated lime rind
  • 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup packed basil leaves
  • about 1o cups of fruit (more or less) I used: 1 pint of blueberries, 6 small mangoes, 6 kiwis, and 1 lb of strawberries. The fruit should all be cut into bite-sized chunks- except for the blueberries, of course.

Recipe

Peel and cut your fruit into chunks. For the mangoes- peel them, hold it so it is longer vertically, then slice off either side. Slice around the seed to get the smaller sides, then cut everything into chunks. For the kiwis- peel them when they are whole, cut them in half lengthwise, then cut into chunks.

Combine your sugar and water and bring to a boil. Cook until sugar dissolves- about 1 minute. I actually did this in a Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave. Remove from heat and add your basil and lime. Let the mixture cool. When it has cooled, strain it and discard the solids. Toss everything together.

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