Without question the 4th of July is my favorite holiday of the year. It’s not as hectic or expensive as Christmas; it’s not as much travel or work as Thanksgiving; and the weather is way better than Halloween. It represents everything that’s great about the laid back vibe of summer. A long weekend of picnics, pool time, carnivals, parades, time with friends and family and, of course, fireworks!
Here is a festive, 4th of July-inspired fruit salad with a fun twist. Make a simple syrup (it really couldn’t be simpler, I promise!) with water, sugar and fresh ginger to add a little something special to your typical fruit salad. This recipe gets into the theme by using red strawberries, watermelon, and blueberries but you can use most any fruit you have on hand. Nectarines, pineapple, and mango would work well, too.
Be sure to let the syrup cool completely before adding it to the fruit and the longer the fruit marinates in the syrup, the tastier it gets so this is a great make-ahead dish to take to your 4th of July parties.
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 2" piece fresh ginger, peeled
- ¼ watermelon, cut into ½" cubes
- 3 cups strawberries, hulled and halved
- 1 pint blueberries
- Fresh mint
- Place sugar, water, and ginger in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, discard the ginger and let the syrup cool completely. Place the fruit in a large bowl, add the syrup and mix well taking care not to mash the fruit. Serve chilled and garnish with fresh mint.