This is a bright, fresh fruit salad lightly sweetened with brown sugar and orange juice. It is refreshing on a hot summer day. It is equally good spooned over pound cake or angel food cake, maybe a with a dollop of whipped cream. It makes an excellent mixed fruit shortcake.
The pineapple in this salad was somewhat controversial. I liked it but I like pineapple. Merri Ann thought it competed with the subtle flavor of the peaches. Leave it out if you like.
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tsp rum flavor or vanilla extract
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh or canned pineapple chunks
2 small peaches or nectarines peeled, and sliced (about 2 cups)
1. Mix the brown sugar and the orange juice in a microwave safe bowl. Heat the mixture in the microwave.
2. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the vanilla or rum extract.
3. In a large bowl, combine the blueberries, pineapple, and peaches. Toss the fruit in the orange juice mixture.