Photo: Mary Britton Senseney/Wonderful Machine; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Hands-on Time
18 Mins
Total Time
18 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

Dan Barber, the chef of the acclaimed locavore restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York, created the first dessert vinaigrette I had encountered. This is an adaptation of his recipe, which incorporated much more olive oil and melted butter. The warm vinaigrette releases an intoxicating perfume when poured over the fresh fruit. Serve within 20 minutes of preparing for maximum flavor and optimal temperature.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 3 ingredients in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 15 minutes). Add oil and salt to pan, stirring with a whisk. Let stand 2 minutes.

Step 2

Combine berries and peach in a large bowl. Add juice mixture, stirring gently. Sprinkle with basil.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

hercheyk's Review

September 07, 2013
Loved the fruit and basil! I used 3 nectarines instead of 1, for a more even ratio of nectarines to strawberries. However, the olive oil tasted out-of-place to me and my guests. I'd recommend using a milder oil or omitting it altogether (who needs the extra fat in a fruit salad?). Also a bit of orange zest would be a great addition to the vinaigrette. Overall a delicious recipe with a beautiful presentation!

Gingergo's Review

August 28, 2013

islandgal612's Review

June 05, 2013
OMG! SOOOO GOOD! I used fruit that I had on hand. It included peaches, blueberries, mango and bananas. Try it with any fruit! I used just a little bit of basil and cut it chiffonade style and it was great. I too was a bit nervous about the basil, however it does add a nice fresh flavor. I am pregnant and this completely satisfies my sugar cravings! I will keep making this.

BnDTaylor's Review

September 20, 2012
Simple and delicious. Doesn't get better than that! Would also like to try it some time with mint instead of basil.

andreadill's Review

July 21, 2012
This recipe was amazing! A wonderful twist on a boring fruit salad...I made this for a dinner party and everyone raved over it and asked for the recipe. I was a little leery adding the basil in but it really does add to the flavor.

jazzwood's Review

July 13, 2012
Made half a recipe for the two of us. Loved the flavor; not too sweet. Certainly worth the time to make the vinaigrette. Will use less basil next time.

KellyKindig's Review

June 30, 2012

mgreisdorf's Review

April 19, 2012
Had this last night for dessert and it was wonderful. The orange vinaigrette is delicious and easy to make and the basil added wonderful flavor. Worth trying for sure.