Photo: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Dan Becker
Makes 8 servings

You can make this festive fruit salad several hours in advance--but don't store it too long or the berries will soften and lose a bit of their bright flavor.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring 1 1/2 cups water and sugar to a boil. Cook just until clear, 2 to 3 minutes. Let syrup cool very briefly, then add 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves. Set aside to steep and cool.

Step 2

Rinse and hull strawberries and cut them into quarters (or sixths if very large).

Step 3

With a small, sharp knife, cut ends off oranges. Set 1 orange cut side down on a cutting board. Following its curve with the knife, slice off peel and white pith. Holding orange over a bowl to catch juice, cut between inner membranes and fruit to release segments; drop segments into bowl. Squeeze juice from membranes into bowl and discard membranes. Repeat with remaining oranges.

Step 4

Add strawberries to oranges and pour basil syrup over fruit. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.

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Ratings & Reviews

Fun_sized_megg's Review

September 02, 2009
This was a delcious recipe that i enjoyed as a side salad. However the basil leaves i will skip next time. When cooked they dont smell pleasant or taste that either. Also, in stead of sugar i add splenda to make it a little more healthy. Besides that it was good i highly recommend.

shigginsstautz's Review

November 25, 2011
Fantastic. Made this as a side salad for Thanksgiving. Everyone loved it. I didn't have basil on hand, so I substituted mint. Delicious! I don't think I'll even try it with basil now. I'll definitely be making this again.

Kimrox2000's Review

April 30, 2012
I also used mint instead of basil. I personally think the simple syrup is tooo much!! I made it as stated and all of my fruit was swimming. I like to taste the fruit so I dumped almost of of the liquid out after about 10 minutes. Next time I will make a 1/4 of the syrup

aaalison's Review

November 28, 2010
I made this for a brunch and everyone loved it. The basil was such a nice twist for this fruit salad. I'd definitely make it again.

Chicagokiter76's Review

February 04, 2012
Nice and flavorful with good texture. The colors and the basil make for a nice visual presentation as well.

Justin5's Review

February 13, 2013