Summer Fruit Salad

This summer fruit salad is a colorful and refreshing addition to your barbecue or brunch.  It’s drizzled with a light simple syrup and you can use any fruit of your choosing.  It’s also the perfect make ahead dish.

Over medium-high heat, boil orange juice, lemon juice, brown sugar, orange zest, and lemon zest.

Reduce heat to medium-low and allow the syrup to thicken slightly; about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla, and allow to cool.

Layer the fruit in a large, clear glass bowl in this order: pineapple, strawberries, kiwi fruit, bananas, oranges, grapes, and blueberries.

Pour the cooled syrup over the fruit.

Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours.  Garnish with fresh mint, stir, and serve!



2/3 cup fresh orange juice; I used the juice of 2 oranges
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice; 2 lemons
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups cubed fresh pineapple
2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
3 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
3 bananas, sliced
2 oranges, peeled and sectioned
1 cup seedless grapes
2 cups blueberries
Garnish: fresh mint leaves (I’ll bet fresh basil would also taste great.)


Bring orange juice, lemon juice, brown sugar, orange zest, and lemon zest to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla extract. Set aside to cool.

Layer the fruit in a large, clear glass bowl in this order: pineapple, strawberries, kiwi fruit, bananas, oranges, grapes, and blueberries. Pour the cooled sauce over the fruit. Cover and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours and garnish with mint leaves before serving.

Recipe adapted from: The Pioneer Woman and Allrecipes.com

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  • http://twitter.com/TheFitFork The Fit Fork (@TheFitFork)

    I never think to put a dressing on fruit salad . . but that sounds fantastic!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I love fruit by itself but it’s fun to dress it up sometimes!

  • http://idonteatthat.wordpress.com Jamie

    Beautifulllll salad!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy


  • http://mostlyhealthyliving.wordpress.com/ mostlyhealthyliving

    There’s nothing more beautiful than a fruit salad! Looks tasty. :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thank you!!

  • A different Jen

    This looks fantastic, can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing it!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy


  • http://www.runningnreading.com Running ‘N’ Reading

    Um, yes, please! Can I just come over and have some of yours, Jen?!? 😉 I’m totally making this for Father’s Day this weekend; thanks for the great idea, because I was kind of struggling to figure out what to do. Hope you have a great day!!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I hope you enjoy it!!!

  • http://www.dixieruns.com Maddie @ Dixie Runs

    This looks amazing and so refreshing! I always crave cold fruit after a run. And is it weird that I love when bananas sit in a fruit salad for a while and get kind of mushy? I feel like it gives them so much flavor!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      They do get sweeter!

  • http://lolzthatswim.wordpress.com Hollie

    This looks so good Jen, thank you for sharing! I have been enjoying all of the fresh fruit and product lately!

  • http://www.atravelingwife.blogspot.com Jenn – a traveling Wife

    Fruit salads are the best during the summer! I have never thought to add a syrup to the mixture. :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Fruit definitely doesn’t need it, but it’s a fun way to dress it up!

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