Berrylicious Fruit Salad with Orange-Vanilla Syrup is perfect for a brunch, shower, or anytime lunch!
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 :)
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.
The orange-vanilla syrup can be made in advance and is what sets this salad apart from your average fruit salad!
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)
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.
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.
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!