One of my favorite things about summer is the juicy, fresh produce. Especially from our farmer’s market. ESPECIALLY those of the sugary, sweet variety.
Make your simple syrup with juice, lime juice, and sugar.
Sometimes I go a little overboard and buy a ton of my favorite fruit, nectarines and peaches, so the other day I busted out a cobbler for a friend I took dinner to (while I ooh’ed and ahh’ed at her new, precious little bebe). Smoothies are always wonderful with ripe fruit, but I almost feel like it wastes the sweet, intense flavor of the fruit as it gets jumbled up with a million other things. I wanted my little fruits to shine on their own, yet add a subtle, fresh twist. Mint!
I had a mojito theme in my head I wanted to accomplish with lime and mint, and it was seriously tasty. I took this to the pool with me to eat while I lounged in the shade–OK, lounge being a relative term with a hyper little two-year-old–BUT, the fruit salad was still loungy and definitely had a cool, summer vibe going on.
- 6 cups fruit (raspberries, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, blueberries, mango)
- 1/2 c white grape juice (can use water)
- 1/8 c sugar
- 1/4 c lime juice
- handful mint leaves
- Bring white grape juice (or water) and sugar to a boil; boil about 10 minutes or until thickened.
- Add lime juice. Pour into bowl and chill in refrigerator until completely chilled.
- Wash and chop fruit.
- Gently stir syrup into fruit, coating well.
- Chiffonade mint leaves, gently stir into fruit. Chill until ready to serve.