Special Summer Berry Medley Recipe
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Special Summer Berry Medley Recipe

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No matter how big the meal, folks always find room for this delightfully “special” dessert from Nancy Whitford, Edwards, New York. "With its hint of citrus and mint, this medley makes a light pretty side dish at casual cookouts or potlucks," Nancy says. "Best of all, it’s as fast and easy to make as it is to clean up!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 cup sparkling wine or white grape juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup equals 85 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 26 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1/2 starch


  1. In a small heavy saucepan, bring wine and sugar to a boil. Cook, uncovered, for about 15 minutes or until reduced to 1/2 cup, stirring occasionally. Cool slightly. Stir in the lemon juice and peel, vanilla and salt.
  2. In a large bowl, combine berries and mint. Add syrup and toss gently to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Special Summer Berry Medley in Simple & Delicious May/June 2007, p33

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Reviewed Jun. 25, 2013

"Made this and subbed apples, grapes and kiwis for the dark berries as they were not on sale in my area. The dressing really sold this for people. I used white grape juice so it was kid friendly."

Reviewed Jul. 15, 2011

"That 1/2 cup of sugar is divided over 12  half cup servings.  The diabetic exchanges are provided to help people fit this recipe into a healthy diet."

Reviewed Jul. 15, 2011

"I have not made this but I am concerned about the amount of sugar used. Is this ok for a diabetic"

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