If you have older kids I dare you not start singing "Fruit salad, yummy yummy" right now. And if you don't have older kids, go google "The Wiggles" -- you're welcome for the earwig that will now be stuck in your head all day.
The only way I could get my kids to eat fruit salad was to sing the song AND be sure there was plenty of the citrus dressing.
I love serving this for brunch or as a healthy snack, or over ice cream for a sort of healthyish dessert. I mean, isn't it healthy if there's fruit on top? Life is all about balance, and that, to me is the perfect balance.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- Juice Of 1 orange
- Zest Of 1 orange
- 2 whole vanilla beans, slip and the inside beans scraped out (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)
- 4 pints strawberries, hulled and halved
- 2 pints blueberries
- 1 cup cubed pineapple
- 1 cup cubed bananas
- 2 cups green grapes, halved
- OTHER OPTIONS: use whatever fruit is in season -- apples, oranges, kiwi, melon, raspberries, and mango would all be delicious.
Place the sugar, water, orange juice and orange zest into a small saucepan and stir to combine.
Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to low and gently simmer for 15-20 until it starts thickening and takes on a syrup consistency.
Set aside to cool, then store in the fridge until cold. I usually make this a day ahead to give the flavors a change to really develop.
Mix together all the fruit in a large bowl and pour the syrup over the top, tossing gently.
Garnish with fresh torn mint leaves and serve immediately.