Meet the Fruit Salad recipe that it turns out we all needed. A rainbow of fresh berries, pineapple, and more tossed in a bright, citrusy honey poppyseed dressing, this is a big bowl of beautiful you’ll be happy to have at your side all summer!

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A few weeks ago on Instagram, I mentioned that I was pulling together a simple fruit salad and would you all like an official recipe for that?

YES YES YES was your answer. Here we are at the end of the rainbow!

I’ve given you a stellar homemade fruit salad recipe, but by all means feel empowered to wing it.

  • It’s the height of summer? Add cherries!
  • Peaches looking in their prime? Toss ‘em in!
  • Want a spring fruit salad? Add more strawberries.
  • Don’t feel like cutting up a pineapple? (I get it and I have a prep tip for you below.) Use mandarin orange slices instead.
homemade fruit salad with dressing

The one thing I beg you not to skip is this honey lime fruit salad dressing.

The fruit here is still the star. The dressing makes it pop and taste like an even better, fresher version of itself.

Fresh Fruit Salad

Fruit salad can contain any mix of fresh fruit you like and is best with a simple citrus juice and honey dressing to tie it together. Some recipes also include nuts.

Strawberries and blueberries go well with tropical fruits like pineapple and kiwi. It’s high summer meets island paradise.

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The Ingredients

  • Berries. Since I primarily make summer fruit salad, strawberries and blueberries are my two favorite fruits to add it to it. Both are high in vitamin C and blueberries especially pack antioxidants.

Market Swap

  • In peak summer, this salad is wonderful with stone fruit, raspberries, or blueberries. If adding raspberries, wait to add them just before serving, as they are quite delicate.
  • If you can’t find great-tasting strawberries or blueberries, swap them for a fruit that is in season or tastes better year-round. Apples and grapes are two excellent options.


Berry lovers, don’t miss this Strawberry Smoothie, Blueberry Smoothie, and (for the best of both worlds) Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie.

  • Pineapple. Tropical flair! Its bright taste makes the salad more dynamic. Pineapple is also high in nutrients like vitamin C and manganese and contains antioxidants (read more about pineapple’s health benefits here).


Since coring and peeling a pineapple can be time-consuming, save time by purchasing fresh pineapple rings, which are typically available in the grocery store produce section.

I do not recommend canned pineapple for fruit salad, as its flavor is much more lackluster, and it can be mushy.

healthy mixed fruit salad bowl
  • Grapes. Seedless red grapes add crunch and are short on prep time. Simply rinse and dry them and they are ready to add (no need to halve grapes for fruit salad—or Grape Salad for that matter either—unless you are feeling very fancy).
  • Kiwi. This little green powerhouse is PACKED with vitamin C and it makes the fruit salad taste sunny.

How to Cut Kiwi

  • Slice the kiwi in half crosswise.
  • With a small spoon scoop out the flesh in as large a piece as possible.
  • Cut as desired and discard the peel.
  • Banana. An extra layer of vacation vibes and natural sweetness. Its creamy texture is is a nice contrast with the other fruit.
  • Fruit Salad Dressing. A combination of orange juice, lime juice (or lemon juice), and honey makes the fruit taste as sunny as a summer day. Poppy seeds are a fun addition that makes this salad extra special (if you love poppy seed dressing, be sure to check out my Spinach Strawberry Salad).
  • Vanilla Extract.The secret fruit salad dressing ingredient that will have your guests asking for the recipe.

How To Make Fruit Salad

fruit salad with grapes, strawberries, pineapple, kiwi and blueberries
  1. Add all of the fruit except the banana to a mixing bowl.
citrus fruit salad dressing mixture
  1. Stir together the dressing.
fruit salad dressing
  1. Pour the dressing over the fruit.
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  1. Toss to combine, then refrigerate until ready to serve.
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  1. Just before serving, stir in the banana. Enjoy!

Tips for the Best Fruit Salad

  • Chop all of the fruit roughly the same size. This gives the salad a nice presentation and makes it easier to eat.
  • Choose ripe, in-season fruit. This salad is all about the fruit. The better your fruit tastes, the better your salad will be.
  • Use a mix of textures. Combining crisp, crunchy fruits like pineapple and grapes with softer fruits like strawberries and blueberries gives the salad a more interesting, satisfying texture.
  • Let sit before serving. If you have time, an hour of marinating time in the refrigerator will bring out the fruits’ juices and make the fruit salad taste sweeter.
  • Wait to add the banana. Banana’s flavor gets stronger as it sits, and it also tends to turn brown. Adding it last preserves its color and keeps its flavor in balance with the other fruits.
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Storage Tips

  • To Store. Fruit salad tastes best the day it is made, but can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Serve with a slotted spoon to avoid collecting too many of the excess juices.
  • To Freeze. Perfect for smoothies! Spread your leftover fruit onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze until firm, then transfer the fruit to a ziptop bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

Meal Prep Tip

Wait to wash your fruit until just before you slice it. This will extend its shelf life in your refrigerator.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Frozen Fruit In This Recipe?

I do not recommend frozen fruit for this recipe, as it will be too wet and mushy once thawed. For fruit salad, fresh is best.

Can I Make It In Advance?

Fruit salad can be made up to 6 hours in advance. Store it in the refrigerator and wait to add the banana until just before serving. If you plan to add other fruits that will turn brown, such as apples, also wait to add these until just before serving. Restir prior to serving.

Can I Use Lemon Juice Instead of Lime?

Yes. I recommend using half the amount, since lemon juice is stronger.

Leftover Ideas

Leftover fruit salad with yogurt or oatmeal is yummy for breakfast. Topping fruit salad with whipped cream turns it into dessert. You can even use leftover fruit for healthy smoothie recipes.

Toss your leftover fruit salad with greens and a side of Grilled Chicken Breast for a healthy, hearty meal.

Pair this with

Pair This With

  • Healthy Banana Bread – This easy, healthy banana bread is the best! Moist, fluffy, and ultra delicious. Made with yogurt and whole wheat. So yummy and good for you!
  • Vegan Burger – The BEST Vegan Burger! High protein vegan burger patty made with black beans, red peppers, spices, and more. Perfect texture and DELICIOUS!
  • Instant Pot Ribs – How to make fall off the bone Instant Pot Ribs. Easy method for baby back or spare ribs. So much faster and the sweet and savory dry rub is to die for!

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Fruit Salad

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This simple, homemade fruit salad recipe is an ideal light, healthy side. With a citrus poppyseed dressing, you'll love its fresh taste!

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 3 mins
Total: 25 mins

Servings: 12 (about 13 cups)



  • 1 pound fresh strawberries sliced and halved (about 3 cups)
  • 1 pound diced fresh pineapple about 3 cups
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries about 2 cups
  • 5 kiwi fruit peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces (about 2 cups)
  • 2 cups seedless red grapes
  • 1 large banana* peeled and cut into bite sized pieces (about 1 cup)
  • Chopped fresh mint optional


  • zest of 1/2 medium orange
  • juice of 1/2 the same medium orange about 3 tablespoons
  • zest of 1 small lime or 1/2 small lemon
  • juice of the same 1 small lime or 1/2 small lemon
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon poppyseeds


  • If you will not be serving the fruit salad right away, place all of the fruit except the banana in a large serving bowl: strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, kiwi, and grapes.
  • In a small bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the dressing: orange zest and juice, lemon zest and juice, honey, vanilla extract, and poppyseeds.
  • Pour the dressing over the fruit and with a large spoon, toss gently to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the juices to marry (1 hour is even better). Just before serving, stir in the banana. Sprinkle with fresh mint. Enjoy!


  • *The banana will turn a little brown as it sits and its flavor will become more pronounced, which is why I suggest to add it just before serving. If this doesn’t bother you, feel free to add it right away.
  • TO STORE. Fruit salad tastes best the day it is made, but can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Serve with a slotted spoon to avoid collecting too many of the excesses juices.
  • TO FREEZE. My favorite for smoothies! Spread your leftover fruit onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze until firm, then transfer the fruit to a ziptop bag and freeze for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1of 12 (about 1 heaping cup)Calories: 126kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gPotassium: 347mgFiber: 4gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 111IUVitamin C: 83mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 1mg

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  1. OMG this fruit salad is more than incredible. For breakfast and lunch, we have a protein (chicken, tuna, etc.) and aways a fruit. Now we can have a pleuthora (sp?) of all summer fruits. together. Thank you so much for this recipe!