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Composed Fruit Salad with Ginger-Lime Syrup

Most fruit salads are served as chunky mixes—appealing to the mouth, yes, but less so to the eye. With a stylish green-and-gold palette, this composed salad is an elegant alternative. A zingy ginger-lime syrup to pour on top makes the flavors sing.

Sunset AUGUST 2005

  • Yield: Makes 8 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 10 slices unpeeled fresh ginger (each about the size of a quarter)
  • 5 slices (1/4-in. thick) lime
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 quarts sliced or chopped fruit
  • Lime slices


In a 1- to 1 1/2-quart pan, combine 1 1/2 cups water, 1 cup sugar, 10 slices unpeeled fresh ginger (each about the size of a quarter), and 5 slices (1/4-in. thick) lime. Simmer until liquid is infused with ginger flavor, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice; strain and cool. On a platter, arrange 3 quarts sliced or chopped fruit. Choose from mangoes, yellow watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, nectarines, golden raspberries, yellow and green kiwi fruit, green grapes, and golden plums. Pour syrup into a bowl or glass; garnish with 3 lime slices. Serve with fruit.