Spicy Fruit Salad

Perfect for a summertime cookout!



Change up your traditional fruit salad with a little bit of spice that will bring out the fruity flavors even more.

– B&B

Why you'll  ❤️  Spicy Fruit Salad

A hint of spice brings out so much sweet flavor in your fruit.

A fun way to enjoy a mixture of soft and firm fruits in one dish.

Enjoy trying star anise - it's subtle flavor in the dressing is definitely worth trying.

– 1/3 cup Sugar – 1/2 serrano or jalapeno chile – 6 cups mixed cut fruit


Why is this unique ingredient?

While I’m not a huge fan of licorice, the flavor when cooked with the syrup is subtle and adds the perfect little something. Star anise is a star shaped seed pod from an evergreen shrub grown in Vietnam.  It has a sweet licorice type flavor and is found in Asian five spice powder. It's used in soups and savory dishes,

Fruit softens the heat but if there are kids, use a jalapeno with the seeds removed. If people eating it like heat, go with a serrano which is 5x hotter than a jalapeno. This will definitely get your attention!

About the pepper...

Bring ⅓ cup of sugar and water to a boil along with a pepper and star anise until it becomes slightly thick and syrupy.

Step 1

Strain the syrup and let it cool slightly then pour over a mixture of fresh fruit.

Step 2

If you’re serving this to kids who might not care for licorice or spice, remove a portion of the salad before adding the dressing. You can make a honey lime dressing to pour over the fruit, which takes no time at all.


This spicy fruit salad can be stored overnight in the refrigerator. However, some of the fruit will get mushy overnight, especially the kiwi. Just remove the fruit that has turned soft.