su-Citrus Salad with Spiced Vanilla Syrup Image

Photo: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Emma Star Jensen

Yields Serves 6 Total Time 30 mins
AuthorElaine Johnson

This easy fruit salad looks especially striking made with multiple varieties and colors of blood oranges and grapefruit, but it's just as delicious with a single kind of each. You'll have enough syrup left over for flavoring sparkling water or lattes.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

In a small saucepan, heat sugar with 1/2 cup water, the vanilla-bean pod and seeds, and spices over high heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, steep 30 minutes, then strain.

Step 2
2

Meanwhile, cut peel (including all white pith on outside of fruit) from grapefruit, following curve of fruit. Slice grapefruit crosswise into rounds about 1/4 in. thick, removing any seeds. Arrange on a large platter. Repeat with oranges.

Step 3
3

Drizzle citrus with about 1/3 cup spiced syrup. Scatter lime zest on top. Serve with a little more syrup if you like.

Ingredients

 1/2 cup sugar
 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped out and reserved
 4 whole allspice
 2 green cardamom pods, crushed to release seeds
 2 grapefruit, preferably 1 pink and 1 white
 1 1/2 pounds blood oranges (all one variety, or a mix of Moro, Sanguinelli, and Tarocco, if available)
  Zest of 1/2 lime (use a five-hole zester)

Directions

Step 1
1

In a small saucepan, heat sugar with 1/2 cup water, the vanilla-bean pod and seeds, and spices over high heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, steep 30 minutes, then strain.

Step 2
2

Meanwhile, cut peel (including all white pith on outside of fruit) from grapefruit, following curve of fruit. Slice grapefruit crosswise into rounds about 1/4 in. thick, removing any seeds. Arrange on a large platter. Repeat with oranges.

Step 3
3

Drizzle citrus with about 1/3 cup spiced syrup. Scatter lime zest on top. Serve with a little more syrup if you like.

Citrus Salad with Spiced Vanilla Syrup