The BEST Fruit Salad Recipe! A variety of fresh fruit with a hint of mint tossed in a delicious lemon honey dressing. This simple fruit salad will quickly become your favorite fruit salad for any occasion!

Fresh fruit salad in a white bowl with a metal spoon topped with fresh mint and poppy seeds.

Fruits are such a delicious, light, and healthy food to eat packed with so many nutrients. Whether you make a fruit salad or just enjoy a Fruit Tray, you just cannot go wrong with fresh fruits!

BEST FRUIT SALAD-

This simple fruit salad recipe is truly one of the BEST fruit salads! The fresh fruit combined with the chopped fresh mint and the homemade honey lemon dressing is like summer in every bite. We love serving a large bowl of the salad as a side dish for potlucks, as a dessert after dinner, or just a light healthy snack.

All the fruits needed for the best fruit salad laid out in a white bowl topped with fresh chopped mint.

FRUIT SALAD INGREDIENTS-

This salad calls for all things fruit. The greatest thing about this fresh salad is that you can substitute whatever fruit you have on hand and still have a great salad! Here is what we like in our fruit salad:

  • Berries– We use raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries for our salad.
  • Grapes– For this recipe, we used green grapes but you can also use red grapes. You can keep them whole or cut them in half.
  • Cantaloupes– We like to get a whole cantaloupe and peel, clean and cube. You can also use pre-cut fresh cantaloupes!
  • Oranges– You can use oranges, mandarin oranges, or tangerines for this fruit salad. 
  • Fruit Salad Dressing-For the salad dressing syrup we use honey, lemon juice, lemon zest, and poppy seeds. This dressing is the secret ingredient to the PERFECT salad.
  • Mint– Fresh mint leaves is what elevates this salad and gives it such a unique taste. The fresh mint brings freshness and flavor! You can opt-out of the mint if you do not prefer it.

MORE FRUITS!!

Here are other fruits you can substitute or add when making a fresh fruit salad. Or, just make the fruit salad with seasonal fruit.

  • Pineapple
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Kiwi
  • Cherries
  • Pomegranate
  • Blackberries
  • Pears
  • Mango
  • Melon
  • Watermelon
  • Peaches

Add-ins- You don’t have to limit the salad to just fruit though. Add pecans (or other nuts), marshmallows, and even coconut for added texture.

Fresh fruits tossed in fruit salad dressing upclose.

HOW TO MAKE A FRESH FRUIT SALAD-

This simple fruit salad recipe comes together in under 10 minutes!

  1. Prep fruit– Cut your fruit. Slice or cube the fruit, you just want to keep them the same size.
  2. Make the dressing– Add dressing ingredients and whisk. Chop your mint.
  3. Combine– Add the mint to the fruit and toss. Drizzle salad with dressing and mix until well combined.

If hosting a party, serving the fruit salad in small cups

as a fruit cocktail, it’ll make such a statement!

A white bowl loaded with fresh fruit salad tossed in a honey poppy seed dressing with two black spoons.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS-

Can I use frozen fruit for this simple fruit salad?

No, we do not recommend using frozen fruit for this salad. When the fruit thaws, it becomes very wet and mushy.

Can I use canned fruit?

You can use canned peaches and tangerines, but all other fruit we recommend you use fresh.

Can I make this fruit salad ahead of time?

Yes, you can cut up all the fruit and add it to your serving bowl, just don’t toss. Then once ready to serve, drizzle in dressing and add in the fresh chopped mint and gently stir.

Can I use lime juice instead of lemon juice for the dressing?

Yes, you can substitute the lemon for lime. You can even add some lime zest with the lime.

What if I don’t have poppy seeds?

You can totally opt out of the poppy seeds in the dressing if you do not have any on hand.

How do I store fruit salad?

Store all leftover fruit salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1-2 days.

Can I freeze this salad?

We love freezing the leftovers to be used for smoothies later. just spread fruit on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze until firm and transfer to a freezer bag and freezer for up to 2-3 months.

How do I avoid my salad from browning so fast?

You want to make this salad as fresh as possible to avoid browning. We also use a citrus-based dressing syrup to help avoid browning!

A white bowl loaded with the fresh fruit laid out topped with fresh mint.

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Fresh Fruit Salad Recipe

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5 from 3 votes
The BEST Fruit Salad Recipe. Cubed fresh fruits tossed with a delicious homemade dressing (syrup) with mint. Perfect salad for potlucks and parties.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 oz raspberries
  • 16 oz strawberries quartered
  • 11 oz fresh blueberries 1 pint
  • 4 kiwis peeled and sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup grapes halved
  • 2 cups cantaloupes cubed
  • 3 clementines peeled and separated

Fruit Salad Dressing-

  • 2 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp poppy seeds

Instructions

  • Slice or cube the fresh fruit, you just want to keep them the same size.
  • In a bowl, combine together the honey, lemon juice, lemon zest, or poppyseeds. Finely chop the fresh mint.
  • Add the mint to the fruit and toss. Drizzle salad with dressing and mix until well combined.

Nutrition

Calories: 174kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 13mgPotassium: 678mgFiber: 8gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 1928IUVitamin C: 153mgCalcium: 78mgIron: 1mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)