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Fruit Macedonia with Vanilla Syrup

Photograph by Ericka Sanchez

Macedonia is a colorful salad comprised of bite-size pieces of fruit. Named after Alexander the Great’s diverse Macedonian Empire, this medley of sweet fruit is customarily served at the end of a meal as a dessert. Depending on the geographical region, time of the year and ingredient availability, a Macedonia fruit salad may contain a variety of fresh seasonal fruit.

Vanilla bean, rather than vanilla extract, lends a richer, more decadent flavor to this treat. It's a refreshing, almost no-cook dish that will keep your family or dinner table guests happy during the hot summer months.

RECIPE: Macedonia with Vanilla Syrup

Serves 4

Prep time: 2 hours 10 minutes (includes refrigeration time)

Cook time: 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 kiwis, peeled and chopped
  • 2 Bosc pears, peeled and chopped
  • 2 bananas, peeled and chopped in rounds
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 key lime, juiced
  • mint leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place fruit pieces in a large bowl and sprinkle with lime juice.
  2. With a paring knife, slice open vanilla bean lengthwise.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine water, sugar and vanilla bean. Boil over medium heat for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  4. Discard vanilla bean from syrup. Pour syrup in fruit bowl, cover with lid or plastic wrap and cool in refrigerator for 2 hours.
  5. Equally distribute fruit and vanilla syrup into four serving bowls. Garnish with mint leaves.
Photograph by Ericka Sanchez
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