Fresh Basil Lime Fruit Salad

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What a fantastic weekend of great weather, food and friends! I hope you all spent some quality time with someone special and soaked up some sunshine- I thought it was June it was so warm! I was in the mood for a fresh and light fruit salad that would be the perfectly refreshing desert on a warm afternoon. Only problem was, I got all the way home from the store and realized I forgot the mint I needed to make my fruit salad! With no time to go back to the store, I decided to improvise with what I had. I love fresh herbs with fruit and I had a whole bunch of fresh basil on hand for another recipe. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect substitution, the flavors were so amazing, this will definitely become my go to combination for fruit salad, Enjoy!

Basil-Lime Fruit Salad (click for printer friendly version)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1 medium size fresh pineapple cut into chunks (about 4 cups)
  • 2 mango’s peeled and cubed
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries quartered
  • 1 carton fresh blueberries
  • You can substitute any fresh fruit you enjoy such as Kiwi’s, Raspberries, Blackberries, Guava, etc.

Directions:

  1. Combine sugar and water in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil, stirring often until sugar is fully dissolved, about 1-2 minutes.
  2. Remove sauce pan from heat. Add lime zest and basil, stir and set aside to cool.
  3. Once the sugar mixture is completely cool, strain syrup through a mesh sieve into another bowl and discard solid pieces of basil and zest.
  4. Combine all fresh chopped fruit in one large bowl and drizzle with basil-lime syrup. Mix to coat fruit completely.
  5. Refrigerate and serve. Garnish with a few pieces of freshly chopped basil. photo-237
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