Summer Grape Salad

This salad would be PERFECT for a barbecue or summer gathering. It’s sweet, bright and citrusy with a hint of vanilla. Yum!!

*Note – Double of triple this recipe for a party or potluck.


½ cup sugar

½ cup water

juice of ½ an orange

1 tsp vanilla extract or caviar from one vanilla bean

1 pint strawberries; quartered

1 pint blueberries

1 lb green grapes, halved

1 lb red grapes, halved

Combine sugar, ½ cup of water, orange juice and vanilla bean in a small saucepan and stir to until sugar dissolves.

Bring mixture to a boil then turn the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes until thickened. Allow mixture to cool.

Prepare fruit in a large bowl, pour cooled syrup over fruit, stir and chill until ready to serve.