This colorful salad can be made one day ahead and chilled.
PreparationDissolve sugar in water in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring. Add star anise and simmer 5 minutes. Let stand off heat 30 minutes.
Cut peel, including white pith, from fruit with a sharp knife. Cut segments free from membranes into a bowl. Squeeze juice from membranes into bowl. Add syrup with star anise to fruit and juice and stir gently. Remove star anise before serving if desired.