Fruit Salad with Citrus-Basil Syrup

Fruit Salad with Citrus-Basil Syrup Recipe
Photo: Melina Hammer; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Fruit Salad with Citrus-Basil Syrup incorporates a medley of juicy flavors like peaches, plums, and apricots. The zesty syrup makes a perfect finish to the Fruit Salad.


Makes 6 servings
Total time: 45 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 20 Minutes
Total: 45 Minutes


1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon firmly packed orange zest
1 tablespoon firmly packed lemon zest
1/2 pound peaches, peeled and sliced
1/2 pound plums, sliced
1 pound apricots, sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil


Bring water and sugar to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat, and stir in 1/4 cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves, orange zest, and lemon zest. Let stand 20 minutes. Meanwhile, combine peaches, plums, and apricots in a large bowl. Pour sugar mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl; discard solids. Stir 1/4 to 1/2 cup syrup and 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil into fruit; reserve remaining syrup for another use.
September 2013
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