Peaches, Blackberries, and Strawberries with Basil and Pepper

Published July 1, 2007.

Why this recipe works:

To create a fruit salad recipe with great fruit flavor, we had to rewrite a few rules. We found it hard to judge the proper amount of sugar when it was added directly to the salad, so we macerated each fruit in just the amount needed to release its natural juices; we balanced the sweetness… read more

To create a fruit salad recipe with great fruit flavor, we had to rewrite a few rules. We found it hard to judge the proper amount of sugar when it was added directly to the salad, so we macerated each fruit in just the amount needed to release its natural juices; we balanced the sweetness with fresh lime juice. But first, we mashed the sugar with herbs and zests (in bartending circles, this process is called muddling) to ensure even flavor distribution in our ideal fruit salad recipe.

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Serves 4 to 6

Because riper fruits require more acid to balance their sweetness, the lime juice should be added to taste. Start with 1 tablespoon, then add 1 teaspoon at a time as necessary.

Ingredients

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