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Peach, Berry & Basil Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Peach, Berry & Basil Fruit Salad with Orange Vinaigrette.

Something special happens when the warm orange vinaigrette meets the sliced peaches and berries.  Something really special.  This wonderful Peach, Berry & Basil Fruit Salad is sweet and sexy enough to be served as dessert.  I say let ’em eat dessert for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

Peach, Berry & Basil Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

This is the second Cooking Light recipe that I’ve shared, in as many days, that allows me to incorporate fresh tender basil leaves.  Not sure if I’m more excited about my fresh herbs bursting with love or to share some lightened up recipes.  I hope you enjoy the direction we’re headed.

Never fear, with me you can be assured Adventures in Chocolate are always lingering in the shadows.  There are simply those times that fruit doesn’t compare to chocolate, even when it’s this good.

Peach, Berry & Basil Salad with Orange Vinaigrette
Peach, Berry & Basil Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Peach, Berry & Basil Fruit Salad {with Orange Vinaigrette}

Cooking Light Magazine, May 2007
4.5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Salad
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

For the vinaigrette…

  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbl. sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbl. champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbl. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbl. butter
  • pinch of salt

For the fruit salad…

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 lb. fresh strawberries halved
  • 2-3 small ripe peaches or nectarines each cut into 8 wedges
  • 1/4 cup small fresh basil leaves

Instructions
 

For the vinaigrette…

  • Combine the first three ingredients in a small sauce pan; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 15 minutes). Add olive oil, butter, and salt to pan, stirring with a whisk. Let stand 2 minutes.

For the fruit salad…

  • Combine strawberries, blueberries, and peaches in a large bowl. Add warm vinaigrette just before serving. Sprinkle with fresh basil leaves.

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