Fruit Salad in Orange Spiced Syrup

A light dessert for summer. Use whatever fruit is at its peak in your market. Pack it in the ice chest for your next picnic.



1 orange


1 cup water

2 whole star anise or 1 teaspoon anise seeds

1/2 of a cinnamon stick

1/2 teaspoon vanilla


1/2 honeydew melon, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 mango, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 pint strawberies, hulled and quartered

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Syrup: Remove peel from orange using a vegetable peeler and cut into 1 1/2 inch strips. Save orange for another use. Combine all syrup ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, about 7 minutes. Discard cinnamon stick and star anise but not orange peel. Let syrup cool.
Meanwhile, prepare fruit. Place in a bowl and pour cool syrup over fruit. Refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 8 hours.
Serves: 4