You can never go wrong with a bowl of fresh fruit. Spicy Fruit Salad adds just a hint of spice and seasoning to improve even the best fruit at the market. Add whatever fruit looks fresh and you’ll have a great addition to any dinner.
It’s too hot to cook and I’ve heard that you should eat spicy food when it’s hot outside, so this spicy fruit salad was just what we needed. Of course fruit is great all by itself, but when you add the syrup, it makes it exotic. A perfect choice if you’re bringing a salad to a pot luck or cook out and want something a little different. I’ve only used star anise in a brine and wasn’t sure how it would work with fruit. I thought it added just a hint of flavor without taking anything away from the fruit itself,
What is star anise
Star anise is a star shaped seed pod from an evergreen shrub grown in Vietnam and Southwest China. It has a sweet licorice type flavor and is found in Chinese five spice powder. It can be used in soups and savory dishes and is the licorice flavor in Sambuca. It can be pretty potent, so start with a small amount.
How do yo make a spicy fruit salad
Step 1: Bring some sugar and water to a boil along with some peppers and star anise until it becomes slightly thick and syrupy.
Step 2: Strain the syrup and let it cool slightly then pour over a mixture of fresh fruit.
When making this fresh fruit salad, you can use any type of pepper you prefer, sarrano or jalapeno are the easiest to find around here. The heat from the pepper is cooled with the fruit. We all loved the touch of spice it added. Mike and I really enjoyed the flavor from star anise, but Natalie was not a fan. With all the fresh fruit available right now, experiment with this spicy fruit salad, it may turn out to be a family favorite.
Don’t want spicy, try these salads
- Burrata and oranges
- Honey lime salad
- Tequila glazed salad
- Apple Waldorf salad
- Cucumber and corn
- Broccoli with bacon
- Spinach and strawberries
- Corn and blueberry
- Mozzarella and peaches
- Peach coleslaw
Adapted from Melissa Clark, NY Times
Spicy Fruit Salad
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 serrano chile/ jalapeno pepper halved
- 1 dried star anise whole
- 6 cups mixed cut fruit peaches, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries etc
- Place sugar, 3/4 cup water, pepper and star anise in a a small pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes until slightly thick. Strain and reserve for salad.
- Toss fruit with syrup adding as much as desired.