Simple Fruit Salad

Macerate: (mac·er·ate)  to soften or separate into parts by steeping in a liquid. Yes, it’s a technical term—and one that I always thought sounded suspect. Like something out of a Biology 2 lab.  But, take my word for it, this can turn a simple fruit salad into something extraordinary.  

A variety of cut fruit topped with a sugar & orange juice, draws out juices & creates an amazing sauce for this simple fruit salad. In a couple hours—magic!

Simple fruit salad glistening with juice

I’ve made this fruit salad for years, using different combinations of fruit, depending on the season.  And it never fails. It still amazes me every time I dip in a spoon!  

Of course, fruit is pretty great in the first place, but the whole really is greater than the sum of its parts here.  Not to get all zen or anything!  Then there is that sweet juice scooped over the top.   

A variety of cut fruit topped with a sugar and orange juice, draws out juices and creates an amazing sauce. In a couple hours—magic!

A simple fruit salad, served

I first tasted this when I was a college student studying in Ireland–made by the Cordon Bleu educated “mom” of the family I lived with.  When she relayed how easy it was, I could hardly believe it.  

You simply take a variety of cut fruit and top it with a little sugar and some orange juice.  The orange juice forms the sauce base and the sugar helps draw juices out of the rest of the fruit.  In a couple hours—magic!

A variety of cut fruit topped with a sugar & orange juice, draws out juices & creates an amazing sauce for this simple fruit salad. In a couple hours—magic!

Top with sugar and orange juice

Just be sure to use a lot of juicy fruits to help create the sauce.  Apples and bananas won’t be big contributors!  I make it a lot in the summer when it is easy to pick up a beautiful bounty!  Todays fruit salad includes mangos, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, plums, grapes and kiwi.  (And yes, my kids claim we have nothing to eat.)

A variety of cut fruit topped with a sugar & orange juice, draws out juices & creates an amazing sauce for this simple fruit salad. In a couple hours—magic!

Todays fruit salad includes mangos, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, plums, grapes and kiwi.

The other thing I must mention about this, is it is a great way to use up neglected fruit.  Like when the berries all come in and then your kids consider the plums and pineapple like red-haired stepchildren. Put it all in the simple fruit salad and it will all be loved!  

A variety of cut fruit topped with a sugar & orange juice, draws out juices & creates an amazing sauce for this simple fruit salad. In a couple hours—magic!

The fruits of summer!

Simple Fruit Salad
Serves 4
A variety of cut fruit topped with a sugar and orange juice, draws out juices and creates an amazing sauce. In a couple hours—magic!
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
272 calories
68 g
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0 g
4 g
0 g
286 g
8 g
6 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
286g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 272
Calories from Fat 4
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 8mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 68g
23%
Dietary Fiber 6g
22%
Sugars 6g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
18%
Vitamin C
342%
Calcium
3%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups of cut fruit of different varieties (see note)
  2. 1 large orange, juiced (or 1/4-1/2 cup orange juice in a pinch)
  3. 1 Tablespoon sugar.
Instructions
  1. Place cut fruit in a large bowl.
  2. Sprinkle with sugar and orange juice.
  3. Toss to mix, then cover and place in refrigerator for at least an hour.
  4. Serve, making sure you scoop up the juice.
Notes
  1. Be sure to use a substantial percentage of soft, juicy fruits.
  2. Usually this disappears the first day, but you can refrigerate leftovers and eat them the next day.
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fat
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  2. Juliana

    Beautiful fruit salad, and I love the idea of adding fresh squeezed orange juice…so much more refreshing!
    Oh, before I forget…you asked about the heat and air fryer…amazingly the air fryer does not generate as much heat as compared to oven, making it much pleasant to use during hot days.
    Have a wonderful week ahead Inger 🙂

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