Foodie Friday: Fruit Salad

OK, I’m not a huge fan of fruit.  Or vegetables.  They’re just not as good as oh, say, Ben & Jerry’s Karmel Sutra ice cream {really, they’re not}.  However, if I can drench them in some vanilla bean simple syrup, I’m so there.  Sure, it adds some extra sugar, but that’s cancelled out by all the fruit.  Right?  A friend passed this Jamie Oliver recipe on to me years ago and it is now my number one favorite way to eat fruit.

Fruit Salad

1 vanilla bean pod

2 ounces water

6 tablespoons sugar

Grapefruit juice, reserved from grapefruit

Small handful blueberries

4 strawberries, halved

2 yellow and red plums, stones removed and cut into 1/8ths

Small handful raspberries

1/2 pink grapefruit, segmented and juice reserved

1/2 orange, segmented

1/2 melon, cubed

Remove the vanilla seeds from the pod and put seeds and pod into small pan.  Add water, sugar, and reserved grapefruit juice.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer to make a syrup.  Put in refrigerator until thoroughly chilled. 

Toss the prepared fruit in the chilled syrup.

You don’t have to use the fruit specified in the recipe.  I’ve just made the syrup using sugar, water and vanilla bean.  I’ve made the syrup and added it to any fruit I had on hand.  The recipe is so versatile.