I made this Pioneer Woman recipe for a “Saladpalooza” contest at my work, and took home first place. Mix up the fruits based on what is in season, this recipe never fails.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 whole vanilla beans, caviar scraped out (or 2 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 4 pints strawberries, halved
  • 2 pints blueberries
  • 2 cups red grapes, halved
  • 2 cups green grapes, halved
  • Mint leaves for garnish (optional)


  • Place sugar, water, orange juice and zest into a small saucepan; stir to combine
  • Bring to boil, then turn heat to low and simmer 15-20 minutes to thicken slightly
  • Set aside to cool, then store in fridge until completely cooled
  • Mix together fruit in large bowl and pour syrup over top; toss and serve