Originally posted May 13, 2013. Updated May 2015.
Sometimes I discover a recipe that is so simple and delicious, I wonder how I didn’t come up with it on my own. Never mind, I take that back…I don’t consider myself a recipe developer (just a good sleuth!), so it makes perfect sense that I never thought of combining these ingredients together! When I find recipes that are not only budget-friendly, but include ingredients I typically have on-hand, are simple to make and bursting with flavor, they quickly become part of my go-to circulation of dishes for work (especially for cooking demos and classes) and at home. When I discovered this recipe from Epicurious.com a few years ago, it met every criteria.
The recipe for this simple syrup made with honey and lime juice adds a hint of citrus flavor that heightens the natural sweetness of almost any combination of seasonal fruit. With a mild bite from freshly chopped mint whisked in, you’ll find yourself making this easy recipe all season long. I used a different combination of fruit than what the original recipe called for, but the syrup is so versatile, it works well with just about any fruit you have on-hand. And, as you can see, it makes a beautiful addition to any meal or as a side dish to take to your next family gathering or party.
Although I’ve seen similar recipes using brown sugar in place of honey, I prefer using naturally sweet honey produced by those little hardworking honey bees! I especially like using local honey because it supports local producers and unlike sugar, honey contains antioxidants and minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium (Source: National Honey Board). As we all know, fruit is always a healthy food choice because of it’s vitamins, health-boosting antioxidants and filling fiber, but if that doesn’t make it appealing enough, add this simple syrup to your mix and eat it fresh or frozen for a refreshing and (naturally) sweet treat.
Fresh Fruit Salad with Minty Honey-Lime Syrup
Recipe by Christy Wilson
Prep time: 15 minutes
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (*I like using key limes)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
- 1 pint strawberries, hulled and quartered
- 4 medium kiwis, peeled, halved and sliced
- 4 cups seedless grapes (any color you prefer!)
- Mint for garnish
- Whisk lime juice, honey and mint together in a large bowl.
- Add strawberries, kiwis and grapes to the bowl and toss gently until fruit is combined and coated with syrup.
- Let is stand for about 15 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
- Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Garnish with mint before serving.
*Note: Can be made 3 hours ahead of time.
*Christy’s extra note: To change things up, place mixed fruit in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze! Kids may also like to thread seasoned fruit through skewers and fruit can be served freshly chilled or as frozen kabobs.:)
per serving (about 1/2 cup):
Calories: 70; Total fat: 0 gr; Cholestrol: 0 mg; Sodium: 0 mg; Total carbohydrate: 17 gr; Dietary fiber: 1 gr; Sugar: 14 gr; Protein: 1 gr; Vitamin C: 70%; Calcium: 2%; Iron: 4%