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Berry Salad with Basil and Pepper
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5 from 6 votes

Berry Fruit Salad with Basil and Pepper

This mixed berry fruit salad with basil and pepper is a refreshing side dish, breakfast or dessert served with coconut whipped cream.
Prep Time5 mins
Marinating Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Basil, Berry, Fruit Salad
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 49kcal
Author: Maggie


  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar or other sweetener, or more to taste*
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon finely ground black pepper, adjust to taste
  • 6 cups mixed fresh berries such as strawberries, blackberries or blueberries**


  • Add the sugar, basil and black pepper to a large bowl.  The amount of sugar you add will depend largely on how sweet the berries are on their own.  During the peak of summer, you’ll need less than a teaspoon.  But, if you are making this in the dead of winter you may want to add up to a tablespoon or more.  Adjust according your taste.
  • Use a silicone spatula to mash the basil into the sugar and pepper.  Do this for about a minute until the basil looks wet, sandy and thoroughly bruised.
  • Add your berries to the basil mixture and toss gently to combine.  Put the fruit salad in the fridge to marinate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 6 hours.  Give it another gentle stir and then serve as desired.  I love to serve this on top of coconut whipped cream for a decadent and healthy treat.


*The purpose of the sugar in this recipe is to break down the basil to get as much flavor as possible out of it by acting as a sort of sandpaper.  If you choose the leave the sugar out of it, that’s okay, the pepper will help to achieve the same result to a lesser extent.
**I have made this with peaches, nectarines, plums and sweet cherries when they are at the peak of their season.  The pepper and basil both work well with these fruits and I highly recommend playing around with different flavor combinations with in-season fruits.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 220mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 84.6mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.6mg