The Ultimate Fruit Salad

The Ultimate Fruit Salad
The Ultimate Fruit Salad
This image courtesy of David Loftus

Editor's Note: This fruit salad recipe from Jamie Oliver really can't be beat! Use whatever fruits are in season to create a colorful and sweet salad that pairs wonderfully with barbecue. The refreshing flavor of the easy-to-make mint syrup gives this classic dessert a classy pick-me-up and makes it the perfect dessert for hot summer days. Bring it to your next family party and prepare for them to love it! The full range of flavors found in this recipe is one that simply cannot be compared. Elevate your next summer salad filled with fruit in a big way when you make this recipe — the crowd is sure to love it.




Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Game Day

Recipe CourseDessert

Dietary ConsiderationHealthy, Low-fat

MealBrunch, Dinner

Taste and TextureFruity, Herby, Juicy, Sweet

Type of DishFruit, Fruit Salad


  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teacup water
  • ½ a small bunch of fresh mint, leaves finely chopped, stalks reserved
  • 2 pounds of any fruit combos, like:
  • Melon
  • Pineapple
  • Green seedless grapes
  • Lychees
  • Granny Smith apples
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Black cherries


  1. Heat together the sugar and the water until dissolved – for a fuller flavor, add the mint stems to the hot syrup and leave to infuse until cool.

  2. When the syrup is cool, remove the stems and add the peeled and chopped fruit. Chill well and add the mint leaves.


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The concept is great the sugary syrup not so healthy. Instead use xylitol and dried mint, if fresh is not available ground together in a coffee mill. Sprinkle over the fruit salad and mix through. The xylitol soon enough melts to leave you with a sweet, minty and tooth friendly fruit salad.

This sounds like an unnecessarily large amount of sugar, or perhaps it's a typo. I would simply sprinkle the fruit with a quarter of a cup of sugar and increase as needed.


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