Basil- Lime Fruit Salad

I have to admit that when I’m saddled with the task of making a fruit salad, I sometimes pick up a fruit tray at Costco, chop up the fruit, throw it in a bowl and call it fruit salad.  There are a couple of problems with this:  1.  The fruit is not as fresh as if I were to cut it up at home and put it together myself,  and 2.  Sometimes the fruit is not at the height of ripeness (ie. melon tasting like cardboard, etc.) It’s MUCH better to choose your own fruit, make sure it appears ripe, and cut it up the day of serving.  It’s also much nicer to create something that isn’t simply cut-up-fruit, but rather a flavored salad of sorts.  Here’s a quick and easy recipe that adds some fresh, unique flavors to the fruit:  Basil-Lime Fruit Salad.
The syrup is a lime-basil infused simple syrup. Two wonderful flavors that work perfectly when paired.
All of the gook is strained out, leaving you with a fabulous syrup to toss with your fruit.
The fruit used for the salad is your choice… I used these beautiful kiwi, fresh pineapple, cantaloupe and strawberries that I found at Specialty Produce.  Mango or honeydew melon would be great in here too.
Add the syrup and toss just before you’re ready to serve.
Add a little sprig of basil for garnish, and it’s ready to eat.
It turned out great. The lime/basil flavor is very mild… I fed it to my 8 year old and he didn’t blink an eye, but the adults in the crowd could detect a hint of something extra. That something extra made it more than just a fruit salad. So even if I DO utilize the shortcut Costco-way to make fruit salad, I’ll definitely throw in this syrup next time to offset the blahs.  But in the full swing of summer, I’ll purchase my own fruit and whip up a fabulous salad of freshly cut, seasonal fruit (and you should too :) )

This recipe can be found here: Basil Lime Fruit Salad

Other great sounding fruit salad recipes on the blogs:
Gluten Free Girl: Simple Fruit Salad
Apple a Day: Summer Fruit Salad with Sambuca
My Own Sweet Thyme: Sangria Fruit Salad
Blue Kitchen: Mexican Fruit Salad with Chili Powder

29 Responses to “Basil- Lime Fruit Salad”

  1. postedJun 22, 2009 3:37 AM
    April Marie Claire (aka Girl Japan)

    Oh Gosh… lime, basil are PURFECT combination’s… this looks divine…Costco shortcut all the more better = )

  2. postedJun 22, 2009 5:14 AM

    Lovely! yum Yum Yum!

  3. postedJun 22, 2009 4:22 AM

    Lime zest (and juice) does something special to fruit. I think it heightens the sweetness and adds brightness, as does the basil.

  4. postedJun 22, 2009 4:29 AM

    You can never go wrong with anything that involves kiwis.

    I will admit to doing the same thing with both fruit and veggie trays. So much easier but yeah quality is not all there.

    Nicely done and love this idea!

  5. postedJun 22, 2009 5:01 AM

    This is summer singing in a bowl, Lori!Thank goodness my basil plants have finally started growing!

  6. postedJun 22, 2009 5:05 AM

    i’m ALL about lime these days, and that syrup is absolutely outstanding! what a gorgeous, summery salad, and i’m with jeff–kiwis rule. :)

  7. postedJun 22, 2009 6:41 AM

    I bet a good splash of this simple syrup would be delightful with gin and a little club soda over ice too!

  8. postedJun 22, 2009 7:24 AM

    Isn’t it amazing how one ingredient can totally change a dish and take it to a totally different level!!

  9. postedJun 22, 2009 7:41 AM

    Looks gorgeous– I gotta try this with the abundance of fruit we have now! Those colors just scream health and delicious flavors :)
    I certainly hope the young one blinked a little, hee hee :)

  10. postedJun 22, 2009 7:52 AM

    It must be summer! I just made something similar!

  11. postedJun 22, 2009 8:23 AM

    What a fantastic way to make fruit salad more than just fruit!

  12. postedJun 22, 2009 10:28 AM

    What a good idea to kick fruit salad up a bit! I loveee it!! Now if only it would feel a bit more summery around here!

  13. postedJun 22, 2009 12:16 PM

    A wonderful idea

  14. postedJun 22, 2009 2:29 PM

    Ooh, thank you for posting this. I’ve got about 2 gallons on basil simple syrup in my freezer and I hadn’t thought of putting it on a fruit salad.

  15. postedJun 22, 2009 4:39 PM

    What a gorgeous summertime treat. So refreshing. The lime basil simple syrup really ses this fruit salad apart.

  16. postedJun 22, 2009 5:43 PM

    Yum. This looks really delicious.

  17. postedJun 22, 2009 5:49 PM

    What a refreshing fruit salad, great for summer!

  18. postedJun 22, 2009 6:19 PM

    That looks so refreshing and delicious!

  19. postedJun 22, 2009 8:58 PM

    Lovely recipe! Basil is surprisingly good with fruit as I discovered a summer or two ago. I like the idea of balancing it with lime. Your salad ended up so pretty and intriguing with that basil sprig as a garnish.

  20. postedJun 22, 2009 10:06 PM

    Oh yum! I wish I had some now, in this boring hotel room! It looks fab!

  21. postedJun 23, 2009 9:21 AM

    Ooh, delicious!

  22. postedJun 23, 2009 5:00 PM

    What a gorgeous salad with some interesting flavors!

  23. postedJun 23, 2009 7:29 PM

    What a great way to dress up fruit salad! It’s such the perfect side dish in the summer!

  24. postedJun 24, 2009 8:55 AM

    Love what you have done with a simple fruit salad!!! This looks and sounds amazing…

  25. postedJun 24, 2009 2:05 PM

    This looks just Heavenly :)

  26. postedJun 24, 2009 7:32 PM

    Sounds great, love that flavor combination.
    I learned where to buy fruit that actually taste the way it’s supposed to be. I realized that when I buy fruit that tastes like nothing we end up not eating it. What a waste of money. What a waste of summer! So I might spend a few more cents/pound on produce but at least we eat fresh, flavroful, organic fruit.
    If more people will do this (at least from time to time, to support the “cause”), prices will eventually go down.

  27. postedJun 26, 2009 2:03 PM

    The hubby is not big on fruit :( and I miss big bowls of fruit salad on hot summer days. This sounds so refreshing and good that I’ll give it a try on our camping trip. I could make the syrup ahead of time to make it easier for camping.

  28. postedJun 27, 2009 1:05 PM

    I love your recipe, thanks! If you like Greek food, be sure to check out my blog!

  29. postedJun 29, 2009 7:35 AM

    This looks great! Way to jazz up a regular fruit salad!

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