• Fresh fruit salad
  • Boiling water
  • Sugar
  • Fresh basil
  • One lime
  • Peppercorns (optional)

Author of this recipe

James Bertram

James Bertram

Amateur cook

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This dressing can be used on any fruit salad to give it a little something extra, with a subtle savoury flavour that highlights the natural flavours of fresh fruits. If you're feeling a bit naughty you can also use it on ice cream!


I do everything by feel so please forgive the lack of quantities!

Boil about 1/2 cup water in a pot. Add about 1/4 cup of sugar and boil down to make a slightly sweet syrup. (It makes about 1/4 cup; it'll be plenty and you can stick the rest in the fridge!).

Chop fresh basil (a good handful), and put into a bowl. Zest one lime and add to the chopped basil. Throw in a few peppercorns for extra zing, if you dare (I seriously recommend it!). Pour over the sugar syrup and steep for 30 minutes. Strain through a sieve to take out any solids.

Put a couple of tablespoons over your fruit salad and mix in. It's awesome. Try with a bit of Greek yoghurt to finish as well. Bang on.

Tips from the author

You only need a few tablespoons to give the full effect to your dish, but it will keep in the fridge for a while so go nuts!