This fresh fruit salad is light, fresh, and easy to make. It takes juicy, delicious fruit and combines it with a sweet citrus dressing.

fruit salad in a white bowl with a serving utensil

This is the Best Fruit Salad Recipe!

This is the best fruit salad you’ll ever make! Not only is it packed with a really great variety of fruits, but it has a delicious, sweet, citrus dressing.

The dressing works in two ways. Not only does it add yummy flavor to the salad, but it also adds acidity to help the salad last longer. A double winner!

This salad is perfect for any time of day. It’s great at breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. I love taking it as a side dish to barbecues in the summer.

It’s light, fresh, and excellent for hot summer days. It gives everyone a cool, yummy side to dig into.

There are a few ways you can serve this as dessert as well.

  • On it’s own with some whipped cream
  • Alongside some angel food cake or dessert shells
  • With ice cream

It’s so versatile!

Why you’ll love this Simple Fruit Salad Recipe

There is so much to love about this simple fruit salad recipe.

  • light and fresh – this salad is perfect for spring and summer. Not only will the fruit be in season, but it’s light and fresh. Perfect for hot summer days!
  • easy to make – not only is this quick, but it’s easy to make. Most of the work is chopping and slicing the fruit. The dressing is a simple combination that comes together in seconds.
  • great as a side – this works as a side dish for any time of day. It works with breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. You could even serve it as a dessert.
  • versatile – it’s easy to swap out any of your favorite fruits to make this customized to your liking
ingredients for fruit salad in individual bowls

Easy Fruit Salad Ingredients

One of the really great things about this fruit salad is that you can swap out any of the fruit. Using what’s in season will give you the best results for a really delicious salad.

  • pineapple
  • strawberries
  • kiwis
  • red seedless grapes
  • mandarin oranges
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • blackberries
  • orange juice
  • lemon juice
  • honey
  • cornstarch

How to make Fruit Salad

dressing made and cooling in a saucepan

Make the dressing

Start by adding the orange juice, lemon juice, and honey to a sauce pan. Bring it to a boil and simmer it for about 5 minutes.

Make a cornstarch slurry with the cornstarch and 1 teaspoon of cold water whisked together.

Pour the slurry into the dressing and whisk. Remove it from the heat and set it aside to cool.

dressing poured on top of mixed fruit in a large mixing bowl

Assemble the salad

Add all of the fruits to a large mixing bowl and pour the dressing over them. Stir to combine. Serve and enjoy!

Tips and tricks for this easy fruit salad recipe

  • If you want to add bananas to this salad, add them immediately prior to serving so they don’t brown
  • Using fresh juice will give this the best flavor in your dressing.
  • To make this vegan, replace the honey with maple syrup or agave syrup.
  • Be sure to cut the fruit into evenly sliced pieces. It’ll be easier to eat and give an even distribution of flavor.
  • Fresh fruit is best.
  • To make this ahead, it’s best to keep the chopped and sliced fruit separate from the dressing. When you’re ready to serve, combine the fruit with the dressing.
  • The dressing is also really great with a bit of lime. You can add some lime zest or lime juice right into the dressing.
  • It’s really great served on it’s own or with a side of whipped cream or cool whip.
fruit salad in a white bowl with a serving spoon next to a smaller serving of fruit salad in a small white bowl with a fork

How to store this recipe for Fruit Salad

To store this fruit salad, you’ll need to place it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

This salad is best enjoyed right away or within 2 days. It will last in the fridge for up to 3-4 days when stored properly. Your fruit will just begin to lose its texture over time.

Fresh Fruit Salad Recipe FAQs

What can you put into a fruit salad?

You can put any of your favorite fruit into a fruit salad. It’s best to have a good combination of crisp and soft fruits for texture.

What is fruit salad dressing made of?

Fruit salad dressing is made of orange juice, lemon juice, honey, and a cornstarch slurry for thickness.

How do you keep fruit salad from turning brown?

The acidity in the dressing will help keep fruit salad from turning brown. You can also use things like Sprite or 7Up.

What fruits should not be mixed in fruit salad?

Fruits like bananas that oxidize quickly should only be added immediately before serving. Otherwise, you can add which ever fruit you love.

Is it OK to cut up fruit the night before?

Yes, it is okay to cut up fruit the night before. Be sure to store it in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready.

fruit salad with dressing in a white bowl with a serving utensil

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Easy Fruit Salad

By: sweetlysplendid.com
5 from 1 vote
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Total 25 minutes
Servings: 8 people
This fresh fruit salad is light, fresh, and easy to make. It takes juicy, delicious fruit and combines it with a sweet citrus dressing.

Ingredients 

Fruit Salad

  • 2 cups chopped pineapple
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 cups peeled and sliced kiwis
  • 2 cups halved red seedless grapes
  • 2 cups drained canned mandarin oranges
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup blackberries

Dressing

  • cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Instructions 

  • Add orange juice, lemon juice, and honey to a saucepan.
  • Bring it to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Make a cornstarch slurry with the cornstarch and 1 teaspoon of cold water whisked together. Pour the slurry into the dressing and whisk. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  • Add all of the fruits to a large mixing bowl and pour the dressing over.
  • Stir to combine. Serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 171kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0.1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Sodium: 7mg, Potassium: 441mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 33g, Vitamin A: 807IU, Vitamin C: 113mg, Calcium: 49mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American

Hi! I’m Kara!

Kara loves all things food and spending time with her family and dogs. She has a passion for cooking and loves making yummy, family-friendly recipes.

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