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Best-of-Summer-Fruit Salad

Tossing fruit in a lemon-infused syrup lightly sweetens it and keeps it from browning once it's cut and stirred into a salad. Feel free to substitute whatever fruit you may have on hand for the choices here. If you plan to use bananas, though, do not add them until just before you're ready to serve the dish.



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⅓ cup sugar or ¼ cup agave nectar
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¼ cup fresh mint or lemon verbena leaves
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2 Tbs. lemon or lime juice
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2 cups seedless grapes, halved
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2 peaches or nectarines, cut into 1½-inch pieces
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1 cup sliced strawberries or whole raspberries
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1 cup blueberries


1. Bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil in saucepan. Simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in mint and lemon juice. Steep 15 minutes. Strain out mint.

2. Combine grapes, peaches, strawberries, and blueberries in large bowl. Stir in sugar syrup. Cover, and chill 2 hours, or overnight.

Nutrition Information: 

<1 g
Total Fat: 
<1 g
Saturated Fat: 
<1 g
23 g
0 mg
1 mg
2 g
20 g
Serves 8

Comments on this Recipe

try putting coconut extract on it! its tastes lovely

Everyone raved about this at our son's birthday party!

Unbelievable, perfect lite dessert!

My mother in law made the very best fruit salad for us all the time. Very simple, cut up as much fruit as y0u can (hold the bananas for last)sprinklle a little orange jiuce then toss in a few splashes of Scotch, let it soak up and let the alcohol to to evaporate (hmmm) serve topped with a little whipped cream if you like, just the best,keep stirring so it brings out the juices.

Add sugar to fruit??? Are you kidding? It not only adds calories, it also destroys the taste of the fruit! The fruit is already sweet and wonderful, it doesn't need anything to help it. My daily breakfast fruit salad has had as many as 12 different fruits in it. The more (colors) the merrier. Topped with soy yogurt, it is superb!

The secret to a great fruit salad is chopping the fruit into small pieces. I use a whole pineapple, mangos, oranges, apples & whatever other seasonal fruits I have on hand (except bananas) and make a huge batch each week. I even use the pineapple core, blending it my Vita-Mix with some fruit juice thereby eliminating the need for sugar. Sliced banana is added to each individual serving according preference, as adding it to the whole shortens the life of the salad.

Will try

How long can you store this salad in the fridge?

The added sweetener keeps the fruit from browning so you can make this salad ahead of time and it keeps for at least a day depending on the fruit you add...fresh organic sliced peaches taste incredible soaked in agave water infused with mint! YUM!!!

I made this fruit salad for Father's Day and everyone loved it. I made the syrup with agave and it was very thin and light so it didn't take away from the natural flavor of the fruit at all.

Although some vegans disagree with it, I love using honey as a substitute for refined suger. I like to boil it first to make it very syrupy, and then I pour it as a long string over the fruit. A bit of water can be added to help diluting the honey so that it touches all the fruit.