Lemony Vanilla Fruit Salad


I’ve been thinking a lot about my pet peeves lately and thought I’d share.

Things may appear like I’m a negative nancy, but alas, I am not. I just was vacuuming my floor last night and the thought came to me about a pet peeve I had….which led to 149 other pet peeves.

YOU GUYS. We can all share our pet peeves with each other and it will turn into this really cool bonding thing!

Wait, you DON’T want to bond with me?

Can’t say I blame you.

Now, it’s too late for me but SAVE YOURSELVES. {Name the show I just quoted and you get a virtual high five.}

Pet Peeve numero uno: dirty floors. And I wonder why I started thinking about this whilst I was vacuuming. Hmm…

#2: bad drivers who can’t seem to stay in their lanes. Go back to driving school, buck-o. I’ve got kids in my car that I’d like to keep semi-alive.

#3: sweet pickles. Ok, not really a pet peeve but a strong dislike.

#4: babies who magically take their diapers off during their naps. Not thinking of anyone in particular, Blake.

#5: people who don’t type out real words in their texts. Example: ‘luv u’ or ‘y are u :)’ or ‘cant w8 4 u to c me’. Bah! It’s taking every fiber of my being not to go back and re-write those words correctly.

#6: Siri.

#7:  Fresh fruit that is mushy. Or cooked fruit that is mushy. Strawberries for strawberry shortcake that hang out in syrup {you know what I’m talking about, right?} get mushy to me which therefore makes me not the biggest fan of strawberry shortcake. Hence this cake I made. Now, you may be wondering why I would post a fruit salad recipe because {1} is there REALLY a recipe for fruit salad? and {2} doesn’t fruit salad get “mushy” too?

Read on my friends and let me explain.


Yes, this recipe in my mind gets mushy hanging out in its own juices for a couple days. The horror!! j/k

I love fresh EVERYTHING: freshly made sandwiches, fresh bread, freshly cut fruit, and freshly cut veggies. The longer they sit, the less I tend to want to eat them. Like, ordering a subway sandwich, having it wrapped up and then eating it 10 minutes later is borderline inedible for me. #ihaveproblems And so as you could imagine, this creates a bit of a dilemma.

Well, dear friends. I found a solution. One that can work for you if you also “have problems” OR not.

OKFINE. Let’s talk about salad.


I washed and cut up all my fruit I wanted to use in this salad and placed it into a bowl. I stored said fruit in the fridge until I was ready to eat. Once I WAS ready to eat, I drizzled over some lemony vanilla simple syrup as the dressing and snarfed the whole thing down. Sweet and tangy, this little sauce gave new life to the fruit together and became one tasty {healthy} non-mushy treat.


Feel free to pour the syrup over the whole bowl of fruit and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to eat. Some may say that the longer it sits, the better it becomes which may be true for you. BUT, if you are paranoid about the mushy fruit like yours truly, just leave the sauce to the side and drizzle as necessary.

Either way, you’ll be glad you did.

That makes no sense.

ANYWAYS, this would be great for a party, an afternoon snack or dessert! If you’ve made some healthier eating resolutions then this recipe is for you!

Have a great day!


Lemony Vanilla Fruit Salad

Fresh, healthy and delicious!

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time:

Cook Time:

Total Time:


  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon {thick strips of peel}
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 cups washed and cut up fruit such as
  • grapes
  • clementines
  • raspberries
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • pineapple
  • apple
  • melon
  • sprigs of mint for garnish


  1. In small saucepan, bring water, sugar and lemon peel to light simmer until sugar has melted into the water completely. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour into separate container and refrigerate to cool.
  2. Cut up and prepare fruit. After 30 minutes, syrup should be cool enough to work with. Drizzle over individual bowls of fruit and serve immediately OR pour syrup over large bowl of fruit, stir to coat, cover and refrigerate until you're ready to serve. Top with springs of mint leaves.

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  1. Cover and ?microwave? until you are ready to serve???? Did you mean refrigerate?

    • YES!!! That’s what happens when I write things in the middle of the night. Oops…

  2. Sweet pickles are terrible. My husband loves them but I forgive him for it because he gives good leg rubs. This fruit salad is gorgeous!

  3. I’m pretty sure you meant refrigerate, not microwave! Talk about mushy. Ha. Maybe then you’d have a pet peeve about charbroiled fruit!

    • oh, oops!! Thanks for catching that!

  4. You are so funny Lauren!!! I love reading your comments…and your recipes!!

  5. My biggest pet peeves are WORDS!

    And also EXITS that are on the LEFT- highway or Wal-Marts!

    PS: your instructions on this beautiful salad say to “microwave.” I dont think you actually mean that!

  6. I hate my floors….and my counter tops. The previous owners of our farm didn’t seem to know my taste when they did this stuff. Just waiting for the money to replace ALL.
    Now this fruit salad looks awesome! I’m craving anything fresh.
    Thanx for the recipe.

  7. One of my pet peeves–melons in fruit salad. Often melons make up the majority of a fruit salad. While this one has some, it seems like a reasonable amount–not much, and in balance with everything else. That is all. 🙂

  8. Sweet pickles and those abbreviations!!! I’m right there with you. Oh yeah, mushy fruit, too. (truth be told, I don’t like cooked fruit at all.)

  9. Pumpkins STILL sitting on front porches. C’mon people, it’s January!!! And…women’s restroom toilet paper holders. Can’t find the start of the paper. grrr! I always leave some hanging for the next gal to find, just my little way of saying “you’re welcome missy”.

  10. The quote is from Friends! Recipe sounds yummy and the photo is beautiful! Sweet pickles are gross and my pet peeves also include forty floors especially if you are in bare feet!

  11. Beautiful fruit salad!

    #1 pet peeve is when I hear “I could care less”, especially if it’s on TV or a movie. If you’re a writer you should especially know that it’s “I couldn’t care less” … the whole point is that you don’t care AT ALL, but if you could care less then that means you care a little bit. Ugh. Hate it. 😛

  12. “Now, it’s too late for me but SAVE YOURSELVES. {Name the show I just quoted and you get a virtual high five.}”

    Friends. The One on the Last Night. Phoebe gets trapped into helping Rachel pack and is trying to save the guys from being sucked in as well.


    Sweet pickles – gag. UR awsome.

    • omg YES!!!! You are awesome 🙂