Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
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

incremona's Review

March 22, 2012

MBWelch104's Review

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

LezaHWall's Review

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

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!

DrNancy05's Review

April 12, 2009
Served at mega family gathering for Easter. Enjoyed comments like "It tasted like a tropical island with all the tropical fruits." Great for taking for lunch or snack or for ladies luncheon. So colorful and fresh. One nephew said to his wife,"Get that recipe. WOW

dawnk777's Review

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.

WinterCarnival's Review

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

Shari0012's Review

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!

sheilainfl3's Review

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

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.