Mojito Fruit Salad

This fruit salad is yummy. So yummy in fact that every time I bring it to any event, someone inevitably licks the bowl clean after all the salad is polished off. *hah* That is a sign of a real winning recipe! This salad is summer at its best. Fresh berries, crisp grapes and sweet nectarine – all of summer’s best fruits. The lime and mint syrup makes this fruit salad irresistible! You can easily substitute peaches for the nectarines. And, I recommend adding in some honeydew melon chunks. They are always a nice touch. Feel free to add in any of your favourite summer fruits. If you add in watermelon, be sure to add it right before serving. I find it can become a bit soggy and water down the salad.

 This recipe makes more syrup than is needed for one bowl of this salad, but it keeps well in the fridge. You’ll be able to whip up a second serving of this salad in no time. This salad is wonderful served on angel food cake and topped with fresh whipped cream. It’s also great over top coconut milk ice cream. Yum!

Hope you are all having a fantastic week. I’m thrilled, as today (Tuesday), is my Friday! I have the rest of the week off to enjoy the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. The Fringe Festival is like Christmas for me. I LOVE Fringe! It’s 10 days where the entire downtown area comes alive with live theatre and performances. I try to attend as many plays as possible each year and take in some of the free concerts in the Old Market Square. Thursday, my sister and I will be having our annual Fringe Festival lunch date where order falafel sandwiches, fresh lemonade and watch all of the extremely interesting people wandering the fest. 

Happy Fringing to my local readers! Be sure to check out as many plays as possible! Let me know if you’ve seen any particularly good shows :)


Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar or 1/4 cup of agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice (or lemon juice)
  • 2 cups of seedless grapes, halved
  • 2 nectarines, cut into 1 and 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup of sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup of fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup of fresh raspberries

Method

1. Bring sugar and 1/2 cup of water to a gentle boil in a saucepan. Simmer for 2 minutes , remove from heat and stir in the mint and lemon juice. Steep for 15 minutes and strain out the mint.

2. Combine the grapes, nectarine, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries in a large bowl. Stir in the sugar/mint syrup. Cover and chill for 2 hours, or overnight.

Source: adapted from Vegetarian Times July 2009

Comments

  1. says

    My mom used to make a huge fruit salad during our summer vacations. I would go crazy…I love fruits so much. I will make your recipe when she comes for a visit. She loves mojitos! You always have great ideas, it looks delicious!!

    • says

      I hope your mom loves the mojito fruit salad. Every time I bring it to a BBQ, everyone always takes seconds and thirds and fights over the last bit :)

  2. says

    i just loved the colors in this salad courtney. when i saw the post on fb i had decided to check it and today i am seeing the post. lovely and beautiful :-)

    • says

      Fringe Fest has been so much fun! I’ve checked out 5 shows so far and have another 5 to attend in the next 2 days. I’m also attending a midnight cabaret on Saturday where a bunch of performers will be doing 5 minute skits in a pub. So much fun! I wish it was always Fringe! :)

  3. says

    I love the combination of mint with fresh fruit – I can see how this would be a hit at potlucks! I also like how you can eat this in different ways – on its own, with cake, with yogurt or ice cream…yum! Hope you’re enjoying Fringe…people-watching is my favourite festival activity too!

    • says

      It’s so incredibly delicious on angel food cake. I bet it would be great topped with coconut whipped cream. Mmmm!

      Fringe Fest has awesome people watching potential. It’s fun to guess if people are performers and just eccentric fringe goers :) *hehe*

    • says

      Let me know what you think if you try this out. It’s really, really yummy and I highly recommend you make it for a nice summer picnic or BBQ. So refreshing!

    • says

      Awe, thank you for stopping by The Fig Tree! Let me know what you think after you’ve made it :) I guarantee you’ll love the fruit salad. It’s so refreshing and flavourful :)

    • says

      Awe, thank you so much for the mention! :)

      Do you attend a local Fringe fest? My goal is to check the one out in Edinburgh in the next year or two :)

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