Summertime Fruit Salad

summerfruit This is a fruit salad on steroids. I could have just thrown fruit in a bowl and called it a day, but when you’re making snacks for a fabulous wine tasting picnic you have to kick things up a notch.

This fruit salad has most of the fruits that are in season right now — raspberries, blackberries, nectarines, red grapes, green grapes and blueberries (I had strawberries but got carried away and forgot to add them).

The secret ingredients are basil infused simple syrup and mint!

basil simple syrup

Fruit

Ingredients

Basil Infused Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar ( I use organic cane sugar)
  • 5 chopped basil leaves depending on the size

You will probably have simple syrup left over -- save your leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator (this will depend on how big your fruit bowl is or how sweet you want your fruit).

Fruit Salad:

  • In season fruit  (No bananas — they are too mushy and will brown)
  • Mint leaves

Directions

  • Simple syrup recipe --> Here
  • Wash, chop and de-stem your fruit. Place fruit in a bowl.  Tip: (to keep fruit from molding, wash your fruit right before you’re ready to eat). Chop your mint and add it to the fruit mixture and toss. When your simple syrup is cooled, lightly drizzle a little simple syrup over the fruit. Drizzle immediately before serving (this will prevent your fruit from getting mushy). Garnish with mint leaves.

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sunset {Sunset wine tasting picnic -- Los Angeles}