Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
Yield
12 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

Basil and lime lend this colorful fruit salad a savory undertone. To make ahead, prepare the infused syrup and clean and chop the fruit; refrigerate separately. Toss the fruit and syrup together just before it's time to serve.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine sugar and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; stir in basil and rind. Cool. Strain sugar mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl; discard solids.

Step 2

Combine pineapple and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Drizzle with sugar mixture; toss gently.

Ratings & Reviews

brighteyes8's Review

Shari0012
July 27, 2014
Really liked this (the basil flavor is exquisite!) but felt it could use a little lime juice as well as zest -- not much maybe just a few teaspoons or a tablespoon. I had very sweet mangoes so the flavor was a little cloying on them. Perfect on kiwi and pineapple.

sheilainfl3's Review

MBWelch104
July 13, 2013
I made this for a baby shower and it was enjoyed by all! I swapped Truvia for the sugar and added watermelon and blueberries. I left out the kiwi (didn't have any). So good!

WendyM29's Review

LezaHWall
June 05, 2013
Delicious! The syrup is the best part and the perfect way to dress up fruit for a special occasion. I'm excited to try it with some different fruits. I'm thinking of more citrus fruits like grapefruit and oranges.

Shari0012's Review

dawnk777
June 01, 2013
The subtle basil and lime flavors really make this dish. Made it for friends, and they loved it! (I only used about half of the syrup mixture.) We had a little fruit salad left over, so the next day I served it over angel food cake with vanilla ice cream. The texture of the fruit was a little mushy for having soaked in the syrup overnight, but it still made for a great dessert. So good!

incremona's Review

WendyM29
March 22, 2012
Delicious!

LezaHWall's Review

WinterCarnival
May 08, 2011
Delicious and simple. A great variation on traditional fruit salad. I love that it can be made ahead. I substituted cilantro for basil and it was just as good!

auntiekate's Review

DrNancy05
April 25, 2011
I made this for the first time this Easter weekend and LOVE IT! I love basil and this was a great combination! Will be making this a lot this summer! Yummy!

MBWelch104's Review

vpteacher
June 07, 2010
Absolutely delicious! Loved by adults and kids, alike! This is a keeper.

WinterCarnival's Review

auntiekate
April 06, 2010
Delicious. The fruit, alone, is so good, I'm unsure if the syrup is necessary. I made as directed.

dawnk777's Review

incremona
August 05, 2009
We've already made this twice this summer. We don't necessarily follow the fruit in the recipe. It's whatever hits our fancy, at the store. Today was mango, kiwi, raspberries and passion fruit. Love the lime-basil flavoring. Sometime this summer, we will really have to make it with the strawberries, though.