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Orange Granita with Balsamic and Mint Strawberries

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1-3/4 cup Florida Orange Juice, divided
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper (optional)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
3 tablespoons fresh mint cut into long, thin strips
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar


1. Place the sugar, 1/4 cup Florida Orange Juice and black pepper (optional) in a small saucepan, and bring the mixture to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in remaining 1-1/2 cups Florida Orange Juice and lemon juice. Pour the mixture into a 9×13-inch shallow pan and place in the freezer. Every few minutes, stir and scrape the granita with a spoon to create an icy texture. This procedure takes about 30 to 45 minutes depending on your freezer.

2. Combine sliced strawberries, mint and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl and let sit while granita freezes. Serve 2 ounces of granita topped with 3 ounces of strawberry mixture in individual dessert bowls.