Summer Fruit with Lime Basil/Mint Syrup

Okay, folks! Here comes the summer fruit! Our mangos are in the market full force so that means more fruit will be eaten in this house for a while! We love mangos with so many things but our favorite is in a fruit salad. I am heading to my friend Sue’s house today for lunch so I thought I’d use some of the mangos I bought and throw together a new fruit salad with a lime-basil-mint simple syrup I threw together with some herbs from my adorable garden.

Isn’t it so cute?

Love, Love, LOVE!

Love, Love, LOVE!

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A simple syrup made with fresh lime, basil and mint freshen up this salad!

A simple syrup made with fresh lime, basil and mint freshen up this salad!

 

Summer Fruit with Lime Basil/Mint Syrup

1 quart strawberries, cleaned and quartered

1 cup blueberries, rinsed

2 mangoes, peeled and diced

2 cups green grapes, cleaned and sliced

1 banana, sliced

Lime, Basil, Mint Simple Syrup

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup white sugar

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup basil, packed

1/4 cup mint, bruised

1 Tbs. lime zest, finely grated

Make the syrup by adding the lime juice and water to the sugars in a small sauce pan. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add the basil, mint and lime zest to the syrup and stir. Allow to cool.

After the syrup is cool, strain through a fine sieve into a bowl, gently pushing and squeezing out the juices from the leaves so that it drips into the bowl. Discard the leaves and zest.

After cooling the syrup, combine the fruits and gently mix together. Add about half the syrup to the fruit (more or less is up to you and how much fruit you used) and gently combine. Allow to sit together for a while before serving if possible.

What do I love about this recipe? The lime and the basil are such great additions to the fruit. I loved the mint in there as well. It puts a little different spin on the fruit…we liked it!

What didn’t I love about this recipe? Nothing….it was easy-peasy!

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