Easy Fruit Salad

This Easy Fruit Salad takes a simple side dish of mixed fruit and elevates it with a lovely honey lime dressing! It’s a delicious way to dress up your fresh fruit and perfect for summer!

close up of fruit salad in clear bowl

Easy Fruit Salad

One of my favorite things about summer is all the delicious fruit. It’s hard to beat something that’s good for you and tastes so good! I’m a lover of most fruits, but this fruit salad definitely contains most of my favorites. It’s a nice combination of berries and citrus fruits, along with a staple for us – bananas.

To make this fruit salad even better, it’s got a light honey lime dressing on it. A dressing like this is definitely my preferred way to go. Creamy dressings made with whipped cream or pudding take away from the fruit, whereas this one just amplifies the flavors that are already there.

Ingredients

Be sure to use fresh fruit, not frozen. Frozen fruit tends to be mushy once thawed.

  • Strawberries: Look for ones that are red with no soft spots. To be sure they have great flavor, give them a sniff. You may look a little funny in the store, but you can absolutely smell a good strawberry right in the package. If you can’t smell anything, they likely don’t have great flavor.
  • Pineapple: I used fresh pineapple that was already cut into chunks, which they sell in our grocery store. I just cut the chunks a little smaller. Feel free to grab a full fresh pineapple.
  • Blueberries: I look for ones that are nice and plump and preferably a little bigger in size. I find they tend to have my preferred flavor.
  • Grapes: Red or green with work here. Look for ones that are plump and not soft looking. I also prefer grapes that are a little bigger. Smaller ones tend to be more sour.
  • Kiwi: Picking out kiwi is a little like picking out avocado. You don’t want it to be too soft or too firm.
  • Mandarin Oranges: I just used canned. Be sure to reserve two tablespoons of the juice for the dressing.
  • Bananas: Ripe, yellow bananas are best. If they are too brown, they’ll be mushy.
  • Honey: The base for the dressing.
  • Limes: Use the zest and the juice for flavoring the dressing.
  • Vanilla Extract: I love using a little vanilla for extra flavor.
all the different chopped fruits in separate bowls - strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, grapes, oranges, pineapple and bananas
chopped fruit in a clear bowl with dressing being poured on it

How to Make Fruit Salad

This fruit salad couldn’t be easier to make. Just three simple steps!

  1. Prep fruit: Chop and slice fruit, then add it all to a large bowl.
  2. Make dressing: Combine the honey, lime zest and juice, mandarin orange juice and vanilla extract in a small bowl or measuring cup.
  3. Toss: Gently toss the fruit and dressing together.

Can I make Fruit Salad in Advance?

Fruit salad can be a little tricky to make ahead. Once fresh fruit is washed and chopped, it starts to go bad more quickly. I recommend making and serving it the same day. If you want to make it earlier in the day and serve it later, you could chop all the fruit except for the bananas and make the dressing, then slice the bananas and combine everything shortly before serving.

With that in mind, saving leftovers is fine, but keep in mind that the fruits start to not be at their best after sitting for a while.

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Recipe

Easy Fruit Salad

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 810 servings 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This Easy Fruit Salad takes a simple side dish of mixed fruit and elevates it with a lovely honey lime dressing! It’s a delicious way to dress up your fresh fruit and perfect for summer!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple, chopped
  • 12 oz fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup seedless grapes, halved
  • 34 kiwis, peeled and chopped
  • 15 oz can mandarin oranges
  • 23 bananas, sliced

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp mandarin orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Instructions

1. Add all of the fruit to a large bowl.
2. Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl or measuring cup.
3. Pour the dressing over the fruit and toss gently, then serve.


Notes

Be sure to use fresh fruit, not frozen, which can be mushy upon thawing

Fruit salad can be a little tricky to make ahead. Once fresh fruit is washed and chopped, it starts to go bad more quickly. I recommend making and serving it the same day. If you want to make it earlier in the day and serve it later, you could chop all the fruit except for the bananas and make the dressing, then slice the bananas and combine everything shortly before serving.

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I'm a wife and mom to twin boys, a baby girl and a sweet black lab with a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the sugar!

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