When you have some extra fruit hanging around, turn it into a fresh fruit salad (and add the delicious simple syrup for a sweeter note if desired!)
Okay, this recipe has been a long time coming!
Last month I shared my experience with Ricardo Cuisine and their Candied Citrus Peels recipe that I had the opportunity of tutorializing (psh, not even a word but I am rolling with it!) Since I was only using the peels of the fruit, I knew I would have a lot of leftover ingredients. Seeing as we try not to be wasteful in this house, I immediately utilized the leftover simple syrup mixture from the candied citrus peels and the fruit to make fresh fruit salad!
Now of course, in a time where everyone is trying to be healthy, you can totally leave out the simple syrup. But I only used a bit for this recipe because I love the taste of fresh grapefruit and other citrus fruits. Plus, it is not THAT bad for you 🙂 Personally, I loved the addition of the simple syrup mixture because it added some of the subtle bitterness from the boiled fruit skins. However, if you are making this fresh fruit salad from scratch, you will have to make your own simple syrup (which is just the combination of equal parts water and granulated sugar cooked over low heat until all the sugar dissolves!) A real simple dish and a great way to get some Vitamin C in during the winter months.
Fresh Fruit Salad using Leftover Fruit and Simple Syrup
Using leftover ingredients, you can make this fresh fruit salad in under 15 minutes! Healthy and delicious, the perfect summer dessert!
- 1 large grapefruit
- 1 large orange
- 1 large lemon
- 1 lime
- 1 pint raspberries
- Leftover simple syrup (or make your own!)
- Fresh mint leaves
- Peel all the fruit and slice into small pieces. Combine in a bowl (since I used leftover fruit I had my salad sit in the fridge overnight before eating which helped create extra juices.) Place into individual cups/bowls and drizzle with simple syrup mixture. Chiffonade mint leaves and add to cups if desired. Serve as is or allow to chill overnight in the refrigerator (I would omit the mint leaves until serving so they do not discolor but up to you!)
- *NOTE: to make simple syrup, combine equal parts granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Heat until sugar dissolves entirely, never boiling. Allow to cool before using.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 493Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 126gFiber: 17gSugar: 100gProtein: 5g
Remember, a little simple syrup goes a long way. Add accordingly! I just loved the blend of everything together in this fresh fruit salad, and plan to make it again (though I may have to boil some rinds in the mixture so I get a hint of that lovely bitterness.)
And maybe plan ahead next Christmas with these Candied Citrus Peels!
Oh, these are gorgeous! What a great idea!
What a great idea!
Amanda | The Chunky Chef
What a beautiful and yummy way to use up leftover fruit!! I'm a simple syrup junkie lol 🙂
Ohhh, so am I, Amanda!
I love fresh fruit salad and am sure just a little bit of simple syrup adds that extra sweet delight that brings everything together in a delicious way! What a yummy idea!
Agreed! I love fruit, but citrus can be sour so that simple syrup helps 🙂
heather @french press
this is just So pretty! and would be perfect of the breakfast table
I assumed dessert, but you are right, it would make a great breakfast!
I love this, it looks like the perfect lighter treat for my kids! A great way to brighten up a winter day.
Serene @ House of Yumm
So pretty!! Love how fresh and bright these are! Perfect to brighten up my cold winter day 🙂
Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah
Well, I *am* trying to be healthy... but a little simple syrup is totally worth the full effect for a cup of these beauties 😀
You sound like me, Chrisy, haha.
I love citrus - and I love everything about this - yum!
You had me at grapefruit! This fruit salad is so pretty!
Grapefruit never gets any love!
Kristine | Kristine's Kitchen
This fruit salad is so pretty! I love the way the simple syrup fancies it up!
Cathy | Lemon Tree Dwelling
I have tons of citrus in my fridge right now...this looks like the perfect way to use it up!
I'm skipping the canned stuff from now on!!