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.
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Dash of salt
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
1 pound fresh strawberries, halved
1 large ripe peach or nectarine, cut into 16 wedges
1/4 cup small fresh basil leaves
How to Make It
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.
Combine berries and peach in a large bowl. Add juice mixture, stirring gently. Sprinkle with basil.
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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!
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.
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.