Okay busy moms, I’ve got a recipe for you that’s going to knock your socks off and will completely transform the way you and your family think about fruit salad. My mom recently shared with me the delicious recipe below for Minted Fruit Salad, it’s beautiful, refreshing, and the flavor combinations will make you look like a culinary genius in the kitchen!
What makes this salad so amazing? Mint Simple Syrup. When drizzled over the fruit, something absolutely magical happens and the end result is pure heaven in a bowl (and no, it’s not like eating fruit and chewing Wrigley’s Spearmint gum at the same time)! The Mint Simple Syrup lightly coats the fruit (making it glisten like the fruit on top of a fancy French tart) and, is surprisingly subtle, adding just a touch of sweetness with the underlying flavor of mint.
Minted Fruit Salad is a super easy and elegant dish that’s perfect for brunch, a fun dinner with friends, or, to serve at the next baby or bridal shower that you’re hosting (it’s very versatile!). While my recipe below calls for assorted berries, peaches, melon, kiwi, grapes, and cantaloupe, you can use whatever fruit your family prefers or whatever’s on sale/in season. Just make sure to mix the Mint Simple Syrup and fruit just a few minutes before serving, as it doesn’t hold up well if mixed too far in advance.
Cool, refreshing, and a unique twist on standard fruit salad, this delicious dish is sure to awaken your taste buds and be a huge hit each and every time it’s served! Enjoy!
Mint Simple Syrup
1 ½ cups packed fresh mint leaves
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
In a saucepan bring sugar and water to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Turn the heat to low, add mint, and simmer for about 15 minutes to thicken. Remove mint and set mixture aside to cool completely.
**Note: Make a double or triple batch of this Mint Simple Syrup, it’ll keep in your refrigerator for up to two weeks or more and is absolutely fabulous in iced tea and a variety of fun summer cocktails (Mojito, anyone?).
1 lb. strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 pint blueberries
½ pint (6 oz.) raspberries
2 kiwi, peeled and cubed
2 peaches, peeled and cubed
1 whole cantaloupe, cubed (for a timesaver, you can buy it already cubed)
2 cups red grapes, halved
Prepare all the fruit in a large bowl, pour the Mint Simple Syrup over the fruit and chill until ready to serve.
**For those with special dietary needs, you may omit pouring the Mint Simple Syrup over the fruit and serve it in a pitcher on the side instead.