A sweet-sour syrup made with raspberry vinegar makes a wonderful contrast to ripe summer berries. Here, we've used a combination of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, but you can use whatever berries look best at the market.
Mixed Berries and Mint with Berry Shrub
A sweet-sour syrup dresses this mixed berry salad.
Yield: serves 4-6
6 cups mixed berries, such as blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
Pinch of kosher salt
2 tbsp. raspberry vinegar
1⁄4 cup torn mint leaves
In a medium bowl, mash 2 cups berries with the sugar, lemon juice, and salt; let sit for one and a half hours. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean bowl, pressing on the fruit to extract as much liquid as possible. Stir in vinegar and drizzle over remaining berries in a serving bowl. Toss with mint and serve immediately.