Peach, Mango, and Banana Salad
A bowl of chopped fruit isn't elevated to fruit salad status until its dressed with a simple sugar syrup, and the syrup can be a way to add big flavor to an otherwise plain fruit salad.
Why This Recipe Works
A sugar syrup is the best way to sweeten and moisten a bowl of cut fruit, but can a quick fruit syrup do more? We wanted our fruit salad recipe to have fresh fruit flavor, as well as a big jolt from a quick fruit syrup. Adding potent seasonings like vanilla, lime juice, and brown sugar to the syrup as it cooked perked up the flavor. Mashing (with a potato masher) the juicy peaches with a splash of citrus in the simmering syrup provided even more flavor to our fruit salad recipe. We also made sure to avoid overly ripe bananas, as they broke down and make the fruit salad stodgy.