Fruit Salad is the absolute perfect summer side dish, snack, dessert or even brunch option! A big variety of colorful juicy fresh fruits make this salad a pretty as it is delicious!
I love fruit salads when they’re fresh and juicy like this one (but I do love a creamy classic ambrosia salad with marshmallows and sour cream too). In the summer though, a fresh fruit salad is the way to go and truly the best way to enjoy the abundance of the season!
How To Make Fruit Salad
Even the best summer fruit salad can be put together with very little effort! It all starts with picking fresh and colorful ingredients that you love.
Choosing Fruits: While I’ve shared my favorite combo below, any fruit can go into a fruit salad. I try to think about colors and make sure I include as many colors/textures as I can!
If possible, check out your local farmer’s markets to get the best seasonal fruits. If not, many grocers bring in local produce during the summer months too.
When picking your fruits, you will want to make sure they are ripe and fragrant for a sweeter salad!
If using fruits that can brown like apples/pears, toss them in a little bit of citrus juice before adding to the salad. This will keep them from browning as quickly.
Cut all of the fresh fruit roughly the same size, making each piece bites sized or smaller. Then toss in a big bowl and add your fruit salad dressing if using!
Fruit Salad Dressing
I’m not going to lie, I most often serve a fruit salad without dressing because I love the flavors of the fruit itself.
If you’re going to be enjoying this for a couple of days, a fruit salad dressing helps keep things fresh, it certainly serves more than one purpose.
Besides tasting delicious, the combination of lime juice and honey helps to keep the fruit fresh longer while storing it and reduces the browning that may happen on your fruits.
To make this dressing you simply mix the two ingredients together and very gently mix the dressing over the cut fruit. You can then top with some chopped mint or lime zest for garnish.
This fruit salad dressing is light and fresh and does not compete with the flavors of all other components.
For a creamy fruit salad dressing, add a little bit of flavored yogurt (often strawberry) and mix it in. When my kids were little, this was one of the desserts they loved the most!
How to Keep Fruit Salad Fresh
Fruit Salad is best served fresh, but it will keep for a up to 3 days in the fridge…just remember to keep it chilled (and don’t add the bananas until serving)!
If you’re not able to finish it before, freeze the fruit and use it to make smoothies in the months to come!
More Ways to Add Fruit into Your Summer…
- Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Crisps– delicious unexpected twist on dessert.
- Grape Salad – quick and versatile side dish.
- Waldorf Salad – easy classic served as a side dish or a main course.
- Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad– simple sweet twist on a classic fruit salad.
- Easy Watermelon Salad – perfectly crisp yet juicy salad.
Fresh Summer Fruit Salad
- 3 cups watermelon chopped
- 3 kiwis chopped
- 2 cups grapes halved
- 2 cups strawberries chopped
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 cup mango pitted and diced
- 2 oranges sectioned
- ½ lime juiced
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Place all fruit salad ingredients in a large bowl.
- If using, mix honey and lime and pour over fruit salad.
- Gently toss to combine.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)