Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Fruit Salad with Lime Ginger Mint Syrup

I love guilt-free food and fruits salads fall under that category for me.  Whenever we have a family party the dessert table is always a highlight. It's nice to offer one light option like fruit salad for those that may have "over indulged" during the main meal.  You can make this fruit salad to your taste like adding grapes, kiwi, bananas etc...  I decided to use only pineapple, strawberries and blackberries. The ingredient that made this simple fruit salad special was the lime-ginger-mint simple syrup.  The lime-ginger-mint simple syrup took this from just fruit to a fabulous salad.

1 pineapple cleaned, cored and diced
1-2lbs of strawberries hulled and sliced

Note: other fruit of your choice: kiwi, bananas, grapes, apples, pears, oranges slices, etc...

Juice of 1/2 lime or one lime (to taste)
1/2 cup ginger-mint simple syrup (recipe below)

 Ginger-Mint Simple Syrup:

 To make 1 batch:
Boil 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water and 1 inch of sliced ginger.  Bring to a boil for 2-3.  Turn stove off and add 4-5 mint leaves.  Allow to steep and cool. Strain liquid before using.

Prepare all fruit by cleaning and dicing them into bite size pieces.  Prepare lime-ginger-mint syrup and allow to cool. Combine all ingredients together.  Serve at room temperature or chill. Enjoy.

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