Easy Fruit Salad Recipe 

By Rena |

Perfect as a side dish, snack, or healthy dessert, this Fruit Salad Recipe couldn’t be easier! Loaded with fresh summer berries, grapes, and pomegranate, it gets tossed in a honey, lime, and poppy seed dressing. A great option for busy families, this recipe takes no time at all!

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Fruit salads have always been my go-to for taking along to cookouts. It’s so healthy, and it’s nearly 100% guaranteed that it will be eaten right up with no leftovers!

This simple fruit salad recipe is fresh and vibrant! I chose strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, grapes, and pomegranate as they’re my favorites and I always have them on hand. However, you can add in any fresh fruits you like!

The best thing about this simple and easy fruit salad recipe is the fruit salad dressing! I whipped up lime, honey, vanilla, and poppy seeds. These ingredients are perfect together and really make the fruit flavors shine!

Why you will love this fruit salad recipe

  • Healthy: Made with just fresh fruit, thyme, honey, vanilla, and poppy seeds, this fresh fruit salad recipe is natural, raw, and full of vital nutrients to keep your body thriving.
  • SO easy! All you have to do is prepare the fruit, mix it with the fruit salad dressing, and allow it to sit for an hour in the fridge! That’s it!
  • Quick: Prep for this fruit salad recipe takes less than 10 minutes. You can even eat it straight away, however, I love letting the flavors develop in the fridge for an hour for the best taste.
  • Everyone loves it: Whether it’s a side dish for a cookout or a snack after school, everyone loves this fruit salad recipe. It pairs with just about anything, from grilled chicken to ice cream!
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What you’ll need

  • Fruit: Strawberries, grapes, raspberries, and blueberries are my favorite summer fruits! Feel free to add in any fruits you have on hand.
  • Pomegranate: Learn how to cut a pomegranate with my easy step-by-step tutorial!
  • Honey: To add a little sticky-sweetness to the fruit salad dressing I added honey. For a vegan version feel free to use maple syrup instead.
  • Vanilla: Vanilla extract adds warmth and brings out the sweetness of the fruit and honey even more.
  • Lime: Lime juice is a key ingredient in the fruit salad dressing! It balanced the sweetness and keeps the fruit looking and tasting fresher for longer. You can substitute lemon, orange, or pineapple juice if needed.
  • Poppy seeds: I wanted to add a little texture so I threw in some poppy seeds. You can skip this ingredient if necessary.
  • Thyme: Garnishing with fresh herbs adds a pop of vibrance to the flavor. This fresh thyme is a delicious addition to this fruit salad recipe! Basil or mint would also be great in this.
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How do you make a simple fruit salad?

1. Begin by placing the prepared fruits into a large bowl.

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2. Drizzle the fruits with honey, and stir in the vanilla, lime juice, and poppy seeds.

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3. Gently toss to combine. Garnish with thyme and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

Tips for Success

  • Add any fruit: You can add any fruit you have on hand to this fruit salad! I love to toss in a diced apple, cherries, or banana if I have some in my kitchen.
  • Double batch: Whether you’re making this for a crowd or just to have it as an easy, healthy treat at home, make a double batch to last for a couple of days!
  • Try different citrus juice: The lime juice in the fruit salad dressing is important as it keeps the fruit fresher for longer, however, you can use any citrus fruit juice like orange, lemon, or pineapple to add some variety.
  • Store this fresh fruit salad in the fridge for up to 2 days in an airtight container. Avoid adding bananas, apples, pears, and peaches until serving as they will turn brown.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What does a fruit salad contain?

Fruit salad contains a variety of sweet fruits and is coated in a simple dressing or sometimes cream. For this fruit salad, I chose strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, grapes, and pomegranate seeds mixed with honey, lime, and poppy seed dressing.

How do you keep fruit salad from turning brown?

The best way I’ve found to keep fruit salad bright and vibrant is to add lime, lemon, orange, or pineapple juice to the salad dressing and toss the fruit well with it. These citrus fruits contain a key enzyme that keeps other fruits like apples, pears, peaches, and bananas from browning.

Is it okay to make fruit salad the night before?

That depends on the fruits your using! If you’re going to add apples, pears, bananas, or peaches, I would wait until the next day to add in those fruits. Other fruits like berries are great to prepare the night before. Allow them to marinate in the dressing for the best flavor!

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Fruit Salad Recipe

Perfect as a side dish, snack, or healthy dessert, this Fruit Salad Recipe couldn’t be easier! Loaded with fresh summer berries, grapes, and pomegranate, it gets tossed in a honey, lime, and poppy seed dressing. A great option for busy families, this recipe takes no time at all!
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Course: Dessert, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 117kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb strawberries chopped
  • 1/2 lb seedless grapes
  • 4 oz raspberries
  • 4 oz blueberries
  • 1 Pomegranate arils from 1 fruit
  • 1 tbsp honey maple syrup or agave
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp lime juice or lemon
  • 1/2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • a few sprigs of thyme

Instructions

  • Place the prepared fruits into a large bowl.
  • Drizzle with honey, and stir in the vanilla, lime juice and poppy seeds.
  • Gently toss to combine. Garnish with thyme and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

Notes

  1. Add any fruit: You can add any fruit you have on hand to this fruit salad! I love to toss in a diced apple, cherries, or banana if I have some in my kitchen.
  2. Double batch: Whether you’re making this for a crowd or just to have it as an easy, healthy treat at home, make a double batch to last for a couple of days!
  3. Try different citrus juice: The lime juice in the fruit salad dressing is important as it keeps the fruit fresher for longer, however, you can use any citrus fruit juice like orange, lemon, or pineapple to add some variety.
  4. Store this fresh fruit salad in the fridge for up to 2 days in an airtight container. Avoid adding bananas, apples, pears, and peaches until serving as they will turn brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 47IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
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