July 20, 2006

Summer Fruit Salad with Ginger Lime Syrup



Ingredients:

syrup:

1 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
1 inch knob fresh ginger, coarsely chopped
zest of one lime
juice of one lime


salad:
1 mango, cubed
3 peaches, sliced
3 kiwi, cubed
¾ cup blackberries
¾ cup blueberries*



Directions:
In a medium saucepan, heat water, zest, juice, ginger and sugar to a boil. Stir until the sugar is dissolved then boil, uncovered for about 20 minutes. It should reduce slightly and look “thick”. Strain out any large pieces of ginger or zest. Allow to cool completely then pour over fruit. Toss and serve.

*other fruit suggestions: strawberries, pineapple, papaya


My thoughts:
This is the perfect way to end a meal during the hottest weeks of the summer. The ginger-lime syrup is rather thin so it adds a spicy flavor to the fruit without leaving it weighted down or gloppy. A great improvement over the overly sweet fruit salads I have suffered in the past.
If you have leftover syrup, you could drizzle some over pound cake or even better, add it to bubbly water to make homemade ginger ale.

11 comments:

  1. well, i think that's a perfect summer photo! it even makes me want to get over my aversion to mangos....well, maybe not, but it sure looks pretty!

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  2. Beautiful photograph! Your combination of fruits has real eye appeal.

    This does sound like the perfect dessert for hot weather -- more substantial and dressier than a plain piece of fruit but no heavier. I'm looking forward to trying it.

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  3. This looks beautiful, that ginger syrup sounds divine, I bet you could pair it with lots of other things.

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  4. Sometimes fruit is the best dessert.

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  5. I love the idea of the ginger in the fruit salad. I've had luck with cinnamon and vanilla (bean) too.

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  6. That looks *gorgeous* and sounds divine. We've been eating a lot of raw fruit/veggies lately to try to beat the heat, great idea to add a little ginger syrup to spice things up a bit!

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  7. that is the best looking fruit salad I have ever seen. amazing!

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  8. Delicious looking and sounding salad. Wonderful photo!

    Paz

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  9. I just wanted to say I tried this recipe - twice. First time I uh, accidentally cooked the syrup too long, and produced really delicious ginger lime candy! Yeah! The SECOND time I was smart, and watched my time, and wow. It's absolutely amazing! I love it, and so did all my guests. Thanks so much! It's a perfect summer treat!!

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  10. Your fruit salad photo looks absolutely incredible. Gorgeous! and healthy :)

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