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Triple Berry Fruit Salad with Vanilla Simple Syrup

Ingredients
  • 6 to 8 c. fresh berries ~ a mix of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract OR 1/2 of a vanilla bean, split open & seeds scraped
Directions
  1. IF USING VANILLA EXTRACT FOR THE SYRUP: Place sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring mixture just to the simmer point {there will be small bubbles beginning to form}; stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool for 5 minutes. Stir in vanilla extract. Chill completely in the refrigerator.
  2. IF USING VANILLA BEAN FOR THE SYRUP: Place sugar, water, and vanilla bean seeds in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring just to the simmer point {there will be small bubbles beginning to form}; stir until sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 7 minutes. Remove from heat a let cool slightly; then chill completely in the refrigerator.
  3. Rinse berries. Hull strawberries and cut larger ones into 2 or 3 slices.  Place berries in a bowl.
  4. Just before serving, drizzle berries with vanilla simple syrup and toss gently to coat. You may not need to use all of the syrup.
Enjoy!


Source:  The Kitchen is My Playground
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