Grilled Summer Fruit Salad w/ Balsamic Reduction

by Kiran on August 14, 2012 · 72 comments

in Desserts, Vegetarian

The biggest takeaway from living abroad is — food.

At least, to me. I’d love to think food connects people and culture. And I did that as soon as we made US our home away from home.

Take it from me — food does bridges gaps.

Ever since my few experiments with balsamic vinegar, it only seemed natural that I try the reduction. Reading about how delicious it is smothered over desserts had me convinced.

Desserts itself is self-convincing. But I needed persuasion for balsamic reduction.

And the verdict?

Its worth the effort for sure. I could never see balsamic the same way. Ever.

Get your final taste of summer fruits smothered with balsamic reduction. No joke.

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  • 2 peaches
  • 2 plums
  • 2 nectarines
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 heaping tbsp honey


  1. Halved all stone fruits and grill until caramelized. Set aside.
  2. Heat a small saucepan to medium. Add balsamic vinegar and boil until thicken (5 minutes). Constantly stir to avoid burn.
  3. Add honey and stir balsamic vinegar until thickened. Remove from heat.
  4. Serve freshly grilled fruit with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar reduction. Gobble up, immediately.


Spooning extra balsamic reduction is not a crime. I did it, and so can you.

Have you tried balsamic reduction? Apart from fruits, what else should I smothered it with?

Apparently, I am in a smothering mood.


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1 Rosa August 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Delightful! A great combination.




2 Kiran August 21, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Rosa — thanks love!


3 Angela August 14, 2012 at 1:36 PM

I love this combo–perfect for stone fruits. Gorgeous photos, as always!
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4 Kiran August 21, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Angela — thanks a bunch dear :)


5 Luke Middendorf August 14, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Looks amazing. Will have to pin!
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6 Kiran August 21, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Luke — thank you so much for the support :)


7 fabiola@notjustbaked August 14, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Oooo although I have had balsamic reduction, I have never tried it with my fruits. I have a pile of nectarines that need to be eaten, I am sooo going to try this!
And the funny thing about food blogging… I too moved away from my family and friends, it’s been a year and a half. I started my food blog as soon as I left them as a way for them to see what we are doing and see what I am cooking/baking. It was a way for me to feel connected to them, them to me. I get it:)
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8 Kiran August 21, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Fabiola — I hope you enjoyed this recipe! And yeah, food blogging does bridge gaps :)


9 Erica { } August 14, 2012 at 2:26 PM

I have a total obsession with drizzling balsamic reduction on pita and hummus!
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10 Kiran August 21, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Erica — ooohhh, i’ve got to try that!


11 Lokesh August 14, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Nice Combo….amazing pictures i must say!!
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12 Kiran August 22, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Lokesh — thank you!


13 Katie August 14, 2012 at 9:48 PM

I love making a balsamic reduction, but I’ll be honest I’ve only ever used it for capresse salads and on grilled chicken. I love the idea of smothering it on fruit!
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14 Kiran August 22, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Katie — make sure you try smothering it over fruits in the future 😉


15 chinmayie @ love food eat August 15, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Hoe beautiful! That balsamic reduction looks like chocolate sauce :) I really want to make balsamic reduction now! How long will it last when refrigerated?
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16 Kiran August 22, 2012 at 2:12 AM

Chinmayie — I’ve never kept it in the fridge for more than 2 days. I usually make it in a very small batch. And it doesn’t take a long time to whip up a fresh batch.


17 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 15, 2012 at 2:02 AM

I love a wonderfully caramelly balsamic reduction but I’ve never used it on stone fruit.. silly me! Looks fantastic.
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18 Kiran August 22, 2012 at 2:12 AM

Maureeen — do it!


19 Choc Chip Uru August 15, 2012 at 2:41 AM

What a summery fruit salad 😀

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20 Kiran August 22, 2012 at 2:13 AM

Uru — thanks dear :)


21 Shalu Sharma August 15, 2012 at 2:55 AM

Looks amazing. Fruit salads have always been my favourite and something like this will go down well in the family.
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22 Kiran August 22, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Shalu — thanks!


23 Raymund August 15, 2012 at 3:01 AM

Wow thats an amazing dessert, spring come on so I can make some of these.
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24 Kiran August 22, 2012 at 2:46 AM

Raymund — let me know how it tastes :)


25 Angie@Angie's Recipes August 15, 2012 at 8:36 AM

A delicious summer salad. Love balsamic reduction.
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26 Kiran August 22, 2012 at 2:47 AM

Angie — thanks dear :)


27 mycookinghut August 15, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Very nice combo!


28 Kiran August 22, 2012 at 2:49 AM

Leemei — thank you :)


29 rebecca August 15, 2012 at 11:27 AM

looks wonderful never made a reduction sounds straight forward will give it a try
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30 Kiran August 22, 2012 at 2:52 AM

Rebecca — thanks love :)


31 the wicked noodle August 15, 2012 at 1:53 PM

I love how just a few ingredients can make a dish sing! Balsamic is one of those ingredients, especially when paired with sweet summer fruit. Great recipe!
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32 Kiran August 22, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Kristy — thanks dear :)


33 Kitchen Belleicious August 15, 2012 at 4:29 PM

doesn’t balsamic made everything better- at least in my world it does:) Love this salad- its a salad anyone would want to eat everyday!


34 Kiran August 23, 2012 at 2:15 AM

Jessica — balsamic rules!


35 Lora @cakeduchess August 15, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Beautiful and simple way to enjoy summer’s ripe fruit. I love the flavor of balsamic and your reduction is a wonderful addition to the grilled fruit. :)
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36 Kiran August 23, 2012 at 2:22 AM

Lora — thank you for commenting :) There’s nothing like grilled fruit!


37 Jeanette August 15, 2012 at 9:09 PM

I love summer stone fruits – this looks fantastic, will have to give it a try!
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38 Kiran August 23, 2012 at 2:27 AM

Jeanette — thanks dear, let me know how it tastes! Off to drool at your watermelon mint freeze recipe 😀


39 Tadka Pasta August 16, 2012 at 3:12 AM

Perfect pictures..the drizzles look so delicious! Wondering now why I’ve never made this..must try asap.
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40 Kiran August 23, 2012 at 2:28 AM

Tadka Pasta — thank you so so much my dear friend :)


41 lizzie - strayed from the table August 16, 2012 at 5:45 AM

I have never made balsamic reduction. I know it is easy, maybe I am just too lazy. Your photo’s are beautiful.
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42 Kiran August 23, 2012 at 2:31 AM

Lizzie — thanks honey. Now go to the kitchen and make balsamic reduction. It would only take 5 minutes, tops!


43 Asmita August 16, 2012 at 8:32 AM

What a lovely idea to serve fruit and balsamic reduction. The photographs are beautiful!
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44 Kiran August 23, 2012 at 2:32 AM

Asmita — thanks dear :)


45 Heather @girlichef August 16, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Mmmm…this is so delicious – I can tell! I love balsamic reduction with melon wrapped in prosciutto. And believe it or not, with roasted garlic it’s fabulous, as well…especially when super sticky!
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46 Kiran August 25, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Heather — I totally dig roasted garlic. Divine 😀


47 Laura @ Family Spice August 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I’ve had balsamic reductions with fruit, but for some reasons I’ve never done it at home. Probably because my kids eat all of the fruit before I can experiment with them! : )
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48 Kiran August 25, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Laura — I can tell how darn cute your kids are with such quirkiness :)


49 Ashley - Baker by Nature August 16, 2012 at 2:21 PM

I love this salad – totally trying this SOON! xx


50 Kiran August 25, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Ashley — thanks love, let me know how it tastes :)


51 Monet August 16, 2012 at 4:38 PM

I couldn’t agree more. Food does wonders. And this summer fruit salad couldn’t look more beautiful. Now thinking of doing a strawberry balsamic muffin. Sounds heavenly, huh?


52 Kiran August 25, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Monet — sounds heavenly to me :)


53 Kankana August 16, 2012 at 5:56 PM

The stone fruit season is flying by and I am eating it in every possible way. LOVE balsamic vinegar and this sure is a treat!
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54 Kiran August 25, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Kankana — thanks dear :)


55 Rose from Magpie's Recipes August 16, 2012 at 8:56 PM

you are definitely enjoying the best of summer!
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56 Kiran August 25, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Rose — no doubt 😉


57 Mary @ Fit and Fed August 17, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Yum! Looks stunning with the yellow-orange peaches, purple plum, is that little leaves of oregano that I see on top? I should try this before the stone fruits are gone.
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58 Kiran August 25, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Mary — its marjarom, just as garnish for photography!


59 Mary @ Fit and Fed August 25, 2012 at 2:38 PM

I see, it looks nice. I have lots of oregano in my garden, it has a similar leaf and could be employed the same way.
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60 Liren August 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM

I couldn’t agree more – I do love how food bridges gaps. And I do love how balsamic reductions are perfect for smothering :) I particularly love it on salads and soft cheeses!
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61 Kiran August 25, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Liren — I need to try it on soft cheeses and perhaps with figs as well :)


62 Nancy/SpicieFoodie August 17, 2012 at 2:45 PM

So true! I’ve taken so much away from all the places I’ve lived in or traveled to. Your fruit salad not only looks beautiful but so delicious. Have a great weekend.
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63 Kiran August 25, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Nancy — I’ve been reading about your travels. So jealous 😀


64 Nami | Just One Cookbook August 17, 2012 at 11:44 PM

I actually made my first balsamic reduction not a long ago, and it was my first time grilling nectarines AND making reduction with honey. It surprised us and everyone in my family and guests loved it. I am drooling again over yours – I’ll try plums and peaches next time. Your presentation looks beautiful!
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65 Kiran August 25, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Nami — thanks dear. And I agree with you. The balsamic reduction was a pleasant surprise :)


66 Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb August 18, 2012 at 9:22 AM

oh yes, food does bridge the gap. It helped me to survive certain times…
Balsamic reduction?! oh that sounds exciting and like my kind of treat!

Id love to know how it tastes with wild berries, I bet awesome.


67 Kiran August 25, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Helene — I bet it will tastes just delicious!


68 Cinnamon & Thyme August 20, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Quick, easy and delicious :). Lovely!
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69 Kiran August 25, 2012 at 11:49 PM

C+T — thanks love :)


70 magicofspice August 20, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Balsamic reduction are a favorite of mine…looks so good here :)


71 Kiran August 25, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Alisha — thanks dear :)


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