Tis’ the season for delectable fresh berries and fruits and this Summer Fruit Salad with Orange Syrup is every bit as delicious as it looks.
Summery fresh fruit is coated with a mouth-watering scrumptious orange syrup with just a hint of vanilla and is perfect for breakfast, brunch, dessert, or anytime you are craving something healthy, light and refreshing!
Summer Fruit Salad with Orange Syrup is one of my favorite “go-to” dishes whenever we have out-of-town company because not only is it yummy and easy, but it makes a beautiful, colorful presentation. And the best part is you can make it ahead. I usually make it the night before and then it’s ready for a leisurely breakfast or brunch the next morning. I almost always serve it with my Butterscotch Pecan Coffee Cake, which is also made the night before, and they are perfect together. Summer Fruit Salad with Orange Syrup is also delicious served over yogurt, pancakes, waffles, or even oatmeal.
This recipe is very adaptable and can be made with whatever fresh fruits and berries you have on hand. I happened to have some wonderful fresh South Carolina peaches, blackberries, strawberries, and grapes, but blueberries, raspberries, melon, kiwi, cherries, nectarines, bananas, or mango, really any combination works well, and all are fabulous in this fruit salad. The syrup is made with the zest and juice of one orange, water, a vanilla bean or vanilla extract and sugar.
When you are ready to make this delicious fruit salad, gather your ingredients. Split the vanilla bean down its length to expose the vanilla seeds and place the sugar, 1/2 cup water, orange zest, orange juice, and vanilla bean or vanilla extract in a small pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and turn the heat to low. Simmer this mixture for about 15 minutes or until it has thickened. Remove the vanilla bean. Set aside to cool.
Add all of the fruit to a large bowl and top with the cooled syrup. Mix well.
Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to serve it. That’s it! I told you it was easy! Will keep several days in the refrigerator. Enjoy!