Berrylicious Fruit Salad with Orange-Vanilla Syrup

 Berrylicious Fruit Salad with Orange-Vanilla Syrup is perfect for a brunch, shower, or anytime lunch!

Berrylicious Fruit Salad with Orange-Vanilla Syrup | © #spring #fruit #salad #recipes #portmeirion

The orange-vanilla syrup in this fruit salad comes from Pioneer Woman and is a delightful addition to the fruit, described as “slightly citrusy, nice and sweet, with a little hint of vanilla lusciousness”!

I couldn’t describe it any better so I didn’t try :)

Berrylicious Fruit Salad with Orange-Vanilla Syrup | © #spring #fruit #salad #recipes #portmeirion

I used a combination of strawberries, blueberries and grapes in this salad, but you can use your fruit of choice or whatever is in season.

Orange-Vanilla Syrup | © #spring #fruit #salad #recipes #portmeirion

The orange-vanilla syrup can be made in advance and is what sets this salad apart from your average fruit salad!

Berrylicious Fruit Salad with Orange-Vanilla Syrup | © #spring #fruit #salad #recipes #portmeirion

Orange-Vanilla Syrup,

from Pioneer Woman


1 cup sugar

1 cup water

Juice of 1 orange

Zest of 1 orange

2 whole vanilla beans, caviar scraped out (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)

Berrylicious Fruit Salad with Orange-Vanilla Syrup | © #spring #fruit #salad #recipes #portmeirion


Place the sugar, water, orange juice, zest and vanilla into a small pan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes to infuse and thicken slightly.

Allow syrup to cool, then refrigerate until cold. Add cold syrup to cut up fruit, tossing gently, adjusting the ratio of syrup to fruit for your taste.

Violas in Portmeirion Botanic Garden | © #spring #portmeirion

Garnish fruit with mint and edible violas or flowers if desired. (Use only edible flowers that are chemical / pesticide free.)

Store any unused syrup in refrigerator in sealed glass jar.

Berrylicious Fruit Salad with Orange-Vanilla Syrup | © #spring #fruit #salad #recipes #portmeirion

 I didn’t measure out the amount of syrup to fruit, just poured and tasted.

Keep a batch of orange-vanilla syrup in your fridge to add to fruit and to serve over waffles / pancakes or for simple syrup in a cocktail!

Berrylicious Fruit Salad with Orange-Vanilla Syrup | © #spring #fruit #salad #recipes #portmeirion


Berrylicious Fruit Salad with Orange-Vanilla Syrup | © #spring #fruit #salad #recipes #portmeirion

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  23 comments for “Berrylicious Fruit Salad with Orange-Vanilla Syrup

  1. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    May 14, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Yum-gorgeous colors! Lovin’ the great shape of that Portmeirion bowl Mary:@)

  2. May 14, 2014 at 7:24 am

    So pretty! I am more than ready for fresh berries from the Farmer’s Market. My favorite Portmeirion shop had a sale .. I came home with 6 new “bird” bowls. …. :)

  3. May 14, 2014 at 7:31 am

    We love our fruit salad this time of the year when there is an abundance of different fruit. The vanilla syrup would add a special treat! Yum!

  4. Cheryl
    May 14, 2014 at 7:38 am

    This sounds so delish and I’m definitely going to give it a try (as soon as our berries are in season).

  5. May 14, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Mary…the salad looks fabulous!…and the orange vanilla syrup is just perfect for that added sweetness . . Love, love those dishes…and adore the shape of the bow!….the perfect presentation as always!…

  6. May 14, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Every pic is so darn gorgeous… dockside with flowers and sweet morsels, oolala be still my heart. Your bowl is a knock out! Dreamy start to my day…

  7. May 14, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Oh yum, what a wonderful sounding syrup~and such a simply perfect summer salad~every recipe I’ve ever made from PW has been delicious, so I can’t wait to try this! This will be perfect for beach entertaining~ I love the single viola blossom swimming in the syrup carafe~

  8. Carolyn O'Leary
    May 14, 2014 at 8:12 am

    The salad looks beautiful and the syrup sounds delicious. I’m thinking it could also be used in a cocktail or two. Orange-vanilla martinis, or orange-vanilla-spiced rum, a bit of syrup topped off with champagne or persecco. Think I’ll make up a batch of syrup and experiment!

    • May 14, 2014 at 9:02 am

      Hi Carolyn, You’re a girl after my own heart! Cheers :)


  9. May 14, 2014 at 8:32 am

    PW has some wonderful recipes to share, but only you, Mary, can display food with such flair and beauty. I wish that I could scoop a bowlful of your salad right through my iPad screen. I guess I’ll just have to go make me some! xo

  10. May 14, 2014 at 9:14 am

    I’m planning to have fruit salad tonight. It sounds like it could be made really special with the addition of the syrup. Thanks to you and PW for sharing.

  11. franki
    May 14, 2014 at 9:28 am

    This sounds like a delish change to my usual orange juice/ginger ale/honey mixture!! Need to find those violas…….franki

  12. May 14, 2014 at 10:07 am

    You are making me sooo hungry for fruit salad. Love the look of it in the Portmeirion ? bowl and the little violas for garnish. Gotta try the orange- vanilla syrup. Pioneer Woman is one of my favorite programs. Hubby likes it, too…not so much for the food, but the ranch work. :) He’s an old cowboy at heart.

  13. May 14, 2014 at 11:39 am

    I am going to go make this syrup right now!! I have alot of fruit in the fridge right now so will make the syrup to taste with it. Gorgeous presentation, as always. LOVE the dishes!

  14. May 14, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    We eat a lot of fruit salads…mostly using tropical fruit, but do add berries from time to time when available…Most of the time I use liliko’i (passion fruit) syrup that I make myself…This syrup sounds very good…Will definitely make it!

  15. May 14, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    This looks so good and almost too pretty to eat! Thanks for sharing. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  16. Karen Cook
    May 14, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Beginning to think that you are a bad influence! Not only have to try the food but had to find the dishes–oh my pretty, pretty!

  17. paula
    May 15, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    This is sure to be a summer time salad !! Oh how I love those dishes, I have been eyeing them for years !!

  18. May 15, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Just lovely…beautiful photography. The salad and syrup looks so good. pinning. found at foodie friday. Have a wonderful weekend.

  19. May 15, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    What a beautiful salad! They syrup takes it to another level. This has me craving summer. I’ll have to keep this in mind as the season warms up. Visiting from Foodie Friday!

  20. rattlebridge farm -- foodie friday
    April 7, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    So pretty and appetizing. I’ve got to try the syrup, too.

  21. Laura Schaller
    April 8, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Trying to understand the zest ingredient. Does that mean I go around the whole orange and once I’ve taken off the outer layer that’s the amount of zest I put in??

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