Fruit Salad With Vanilla Bean Syrup
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- 1⁄2 pint blueberries
- 1⁄2 pint strawberry, halved
- 1 mango, pitted, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 -2 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
- 1⁄2 lb red seedless grapes
- 1 ruby grapefruits, segmented, juice reserved for syrup
- 1 cup honeydew melon, cubed
- 1 cup cantaloupe, cubed
- 1 cup pineapple, cubed
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- Using a knife, scrape the vanilla seeds from the pod, and place seeds and pod into a saucepan.
- Add the water, sugar, and grapefruit juice.
- If you were unable to find a ruby red grapefruit, please adjust the amount of sugar according to your taste.
- If it’s not a ruby red, you might need some more.
- Bring liquid to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until thickened into syrup, about 15 minutes.
- Let cool, remove the pod, and place vanilla syrup in refrigerator until chilled.
- Add prepared fruit into a bowl and toss with the chilled vanilla syrup.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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This was such a hit at our brunch today (Easter). I am so glad I splurged for the Vanilla Bean. Here are the fruits I did: Bottom/Layer 1: Strawberries Layer 2: Mangoes 3: Blackberries 4: Kiwi Fruits 5: Blueberries with more Strawberries in center. Top Layer- Ring of Strawberries with Blackberries in center (Garnish). I also used 3/4 Cup of sugar and 3/4 Cup of water to increase the syrup. Half a Vanilla Bean because the one I bought was SO large. The grapefruit was so nice in the syrup. Everyone just raved about the presentation and the taste. This is a keeper. I will upload my picture, footed truffle bowl.
The flavour was fine but not spectacular. I made this with fresh peeled and sliced, in season peaches and sliced banana. I tried this twice in half the amount and both times the syrup got too thick so be careful with that! I added halal vanilla bean paste (vanilla bean flecks in it, no alcohol, from the health food store) after simmering. The syrup did improve in flavour overnight refrigerated. I did not use the grapefruit juice as I didn't think it is required but that probably would have improved the flavour for me.
Absolutely Fabulous!!!! I really loved the syrup!!! Adding the grapefruit juice to it gave it a really wonderful depth of flavor and the vanilla bean is just to die for on fruit!!! I picked fruits that were fresh at my store and that I thought would go well with vanilla. I used pears, blackberries, kiwi, strawberries, and mango. Served with a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt and it was a hit, thanks!!!!
Used exactly the ingredients listed for this recipe, & am even more interested in making it again so I can add or change things a bit! That does not, however, detract from the fact that the listed combo of fruits makes for A VERY TASTY & REFRESHING SALAD, & it was the syrup that makes this so special! MOST DEFINITELY A KEEPER OF A RECIPE! Thanks for posting it! [Tagged, made & reviewed as an extra recipe for one of my vegan teammates in the Vegetarian/Vegan Recipe Swap]
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