This berry fruit salad is drizzled with a homemade strawberry syrup, made from the tops of strawberries so no food goes to waste! This simple side dish is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert!

berrie salad in a bowl

I love all kinds of berries and this simple berry fruit salad combines my three favorites: blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. To amplify the flavor of this salad, it’s drizzled with a simple strawberry syrup that’s made from the tops of the strawberries.

The Best Berries for Fruit Salad

For this salad, I used blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries which is a delicious combination of flavors and textures. But you can use all one berry or just two kinds if that’s all you have on hand. You can also make this with blackberries or fresh, pitted cherries for a fun twist!

How to Pick the Best Berries at the Grocery Store

Since most of us aren’t picking berries on a farm, we’re likely peeking at plastic cartons of berries in the produce section or selecting baskets at the farmer’s market. There aren’t a lot of tricks to picking berries but there are a few general rules that can help you out. Look for berries that are plump with no signs of shriveling. Strawberry tops should be green, not brown and the strawberries themselves should be plump without bruising. Avoid berries that look wrinkled or dried out.

berry salad with syrup

How to Make Strawberry Syrup

The strawberry syrup is made from cooking the strawberry tops with water and sugar to create a flavorful syrup.

strawberry syrup

To make this syrup, first wash the strawberries well. Cut off the strawberries’ stems, leaving some flesh.

strawberry tops

In a saucepan, over medium-high heat, combine the strawberries’ stems with sugar and water. Stir until sugar is dissolved and bring to a boil.

strawberries and sugar in a pot

Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the syrup starts to thick, about 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally. Strain liquid into a bottle or a bowl and let it cool completely. 

strained strawberry strup in a jar

Let the syrup cool completely. When you’re ready to serve the salad, drizzle the syrup on top and gently mix.

Other Ways to Use Strawberry Syrup

  • This syrup makes a great drink mixer! Add a splash to club soda for a fizzy drink or mix it into a cocktail in place of simple syrup.
  • Try it as a salad dressing! I think it would be delicious on this peach and feta salad.
  • Use it as a sweetener for a smoothie bowl to add sweetness and strawberry flavor!
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berry salad

Berry Fruit Salad with Homemade Strawberry Syrup

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This berry fruit salad is drizzled with a homemade strawberry syrup, made from the tops of strawberries so no food goes to waste! This simple side dish is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert!


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 lb fresh strawberries
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 2/3 cup fresh blueberries

Instructions

  1. Cut off the strawberries’ stems, leaving some flesh.
  2. In a saucepan, over medium-high heat, combine the strawberries’ stems with sugar and water.
  3. Stir until sugar is dissolved and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the syrup starts to thicken about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Strain liquid into a bottle or a bowl and let it cool completely.
  5. Cut the strawberries into bite-size pieces. Leave the raspberries and blueberries whole.
  6. In a serving dish, combine the fruits gently. Store the salad in the fridge until ready to serve.
  7. Right before serving, pour the syrup over the fruits and toss gently to combine.

Notes

Fruit salad is best served the day you made it. If you have any leftovers, you can keep them for one day in the fridge.

If you have more berries to use, here are a few of my favorite berry recipes!

These vegan berry crumble bars are delicious with blackberries or blueberries!

vegan crumble bars

You can always use up extra berries in smoothies! Try this peach raspberry smoothie for the ultimate smoothie bowl.

peach raspberry smoothie bowl