Sunday, April 28, 2013

Fruit Salad with Orange Mint Syrup

Fruit salad is a staple for any get showers, bunco parties, and in todays case, a baby shower. I was a hostess for my good friend Lindsey's shower today. Any guesses on what I was in charge of? ;-) 

My favorite!

Fruit Salad with Orange Mint Syrup
Yield: Enough to feed 25-30 people

For the salad:
Whatever fruit you prefer. This time I used grapes, blueberries, cantaloupe, strawberries and pineapple. Kiwi and watermelon would also be good. My rule for fruit salad is to always cut your ingredients into similar sized pieces.

1 bunch red grapes
1 cantaloupe
2 pints strawberries
1.5 cups blueberries
1 whole pineapple

For the sauce:
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 orange juice, freshly squeezed
Zest of 2 oranges
1 bunch (about 3/4 cup, on the stems) mint leaves

In a saucepan, combine sugar and juice over medium heat. Stir until dissolved. Turn off heat. Add zest and mint. Cover and let steep for 10 - 15 minutes. Remove lid and mint. Pour over fruit.

You can serve this immediately or let it macerate in the fridge overnight, which is what I did.
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