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Freshen up your menu with an easy, make-ahead Fruit Salad that’s tossed in a zippy honey and citrus dressing. Toss it together, then allow this crowd-pleasing Fruit Salad to chill for an hour (or more) for a simple and healthy side dish recipe.

Three bowls of fruit salad.

As proven by Strawberry Pretzel Salad and Snickers Salad, we Midwesterners have a very flexible view of what can be deemed “salad.” Fruit Salad, however, is one salad recipe that’s actually almost all produce. It will make any mom proud; Midwestern or otherwise!

This easy Fruit Salad recipe is a dreamy and easy make-ahead side dish or brunch menu addition. Simply slice the fruit, toss it with the sweet-tart dressing, and allow the rainbow-hued blend to chill for at least an hour. (Need an option that can be made even further in advance? Check out my 24 Hour Fruit Salad.)

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Recipe FAQs
  6. Fruit Salad Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for fruit salad.

At a Glance: Here is a quick snapshot of what ingredients are in this recipe.
Please see the recipe card below for specific quantities.

Ingredient notes

  • Honey: Maple syrup (not pancake syrup) and agave nectar also work.
  • Lemon zest: You’re aiming to zest just the colored portion, not the more-bitter white pith. Here are four different ways to zest a lemon.
  • Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, kiwis, apples, mango, nectarines, and grapes: This colorful array of fruits offers a wide array of flavors and textures. That said, this same method and fruit salad dressing can work with any fruit combination.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. In a small bowl whisk together honey, orange juice, and lemon zest. Set aside.
Fruit salad dressing in a small clear bowl.
  1. In a large bowl, add strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, kiwi, apple, mango, nectarine, and grapes. Drizzle dressing over the fruit and toss to combine.
Dressing being poured on to a fruit salad.
  1. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving to meld flavors.
A bowl of fruit salad.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This Fruit Salad creates eight 1 1/2-cup servings, which make for generous side dish servings. If you’re enjoying this Fruit Salad as part of a big brunch buffet, this recipe can probably serve 12 or so.
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered for up to 3 or 4 days.
  • Make ahead: The dressing can be made up to 24 hours in advance. Whisk to recombine before drizzling over the fruit.
Fruit salad in three bowls.

Recipe FAQs

What other fruits could I use in Fruit Salad?

Pineapple cubes, papaya cubes, peach slices, mandarin orange segments, or cubes of melon are all terrific additions or substitutes for the produce picks included in this Fruit Salad.

How could I make this Fruit Salad a dessert?

Garnish each serving of Fruit Salad with Whipped Cream and fresh mint, spoon it over Easy Pound Cake, Angel Food Cake, or Lemon Yogurt Cake, or top the Fruit Salad with your favorite flavor of pudding and a cookie.

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Fruit Salad

Freshen up your menu with an easy, make-ahead Fruit Salad that's tossed in a zippy honey and citrus dressing. Toss it together, then allow this crowd-pleasing Fruit Salad to chill for an hour (or more) for a simple and healthy side dish recipe.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Chilling time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Servings 8 servings (1 ½ cups each)
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Calories 188

Ingredients 

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest

For the salad:

  • 1 pound strawberries hulled, and quarterd
  • 6 ounces blueberries about 2 cups
  • 6 ounces blackberries about 2 cups
  • 6 ounces raspberries about 2 cups
  • 3 kiwis peeled and sliced
  • 2 apples peeled, cored, and cut into ¼ inch slices
  • 1 mango peeled, seed removed, and cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 2 nectarines or peaches, peeled, seeded, and cut into ¼ inch slices
  • 2 cups grapes halved

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl whisk together honey, orange juice, and lemon zest. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, kiwi, apple, mango, nectarine, and grapes.
  • Drizzle dressing over the fruit and toss to combine. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving to meld flavors.

Recipe Video

Notes

  1. Honey: Maple syrup (not pancake syrup) and agave nectar also work.
  2. Lemon zest: You’re aiming to zest just the colored portion, not the more-bitter white pith. Here are four different ways to zest a lemon.
  3. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, kiwis, apples, mango, nectarines, and grapes: This colorful array of fruits offers a wide array of flavors and textures. That said, this same method and fruit salad dressing can work with any fruit combination.
  4. Yield: This Fruit Salad creates eight 1 1/2-cup servings, which make for generous side dish servings. If you’re enjoying this Fruit Salad as part of a big brunch buffet, this recipe can probably serve 12 or so.
  5. Storage: Store leftovers covered for up to 3 or 4 days.
  6. Make ahead: The dressing can be made up to 24 hours in advance. Whisk to recombine before drizzling over the fruit.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cupsCalories: 188kcalCarbohydrates: 47gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 534mgFiber: 8gSugar: 36gVitamin A: 564IUVitamin C: 97mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Dearest Meggan, your fruit salad recipe is so delicious. Thank you so much for sending me this extraordinary wholesome dessert. Lots of love. Zeenat

    1. Hi Donna, the recipe card has exact measurements for each fruit. You can also adjust the serving size with the slider tool. Hope this helps! – Meggan