Berry Fruit Salad
This Berry Fruit Salad is an easy and healthy summer salad. A refreshing honey lime dressing takes this easy fruit salad recipe to a whole new level of deliciousness!
We make fruit salad all the time, but this one is extra special. This berry fruit salad is made with the best fresh summer fruits, including four kinds of berries and cherries.
But wait, is a cherry a berry? No, cherries are not berries. Cherries are part of a different category of fruits called drupes. These fruits have an outer flesh that surrounds a pit (peaches and plums also fall into this category). Regardless, the cherries add a delicious twist to this berry salad!
Fresh fruit salads are a favorite side dish or healthy dessert any time of year. This recipe is especially simple to make because the berries need no prep other than washing and patting them dry.
I can’t think of a meal that wouldn’t be better with this mixed berry salad on the side. It’s a perfect side dish for grilled chicken or grilled turkey burgers. Serve this berry salad with buttermilk waffles or this pancake recipe for breakfast. Leftover homemade berry salad makes a delicious topping for steel cut oats.
This Berry Salad is our favorite because:
- The sweet and tart honey lime dressing brings out the natural sweetness of the berries and cherries.
- You can customize this salad based on the fruits that you have on hand.
- It’s a crowd-pleasing healthy side dish or dessert that both kids and adults love!
How to Make the Best Fruit Salad
- Start with ripe, fresh fruit. When fresh berries are perfectly ripe, they are naturally sweet and juicy. I recommend buying organic berries when possible. I used strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and cherries in this recipe for the perfect combination of colors and textures.
- Wash and dry the fruit. Rinse your fruit under cold water and lay it out on a clean towel. Gently pat the fruit dry because excess moisture will cause the berries to soften more quickly.
- Cut into bite-size pieces. Ideally, you want to get the flavors of different fruits in each bite of this berry salad. Leave the blueberries, raspberries and blackberries whole. Cut the strawberries into smaller pieces. You can halve the cherries or leave them whole, after removing the cherry pits. This cherry pitter makes it easy to remove the cherry pits.
- Drizzle on a fruit salad dressing. When you make this berry salad with fruit that is perfectly ripe, you honestly don’t need much for a sweetener or dressing. But a light drizzle of honey lime dressing makes fresh fruit salad even better.
Berry Fruit Salad Dressing
This simple fruit salad dressing is made with just three ingredients: fresh lime juice, lime zest and honey. It’s fresh, sweet and tart all at the same time. You can substitute pure maple syrup for the honey if you want a vegan fruit salad.
You’ll whisk together the dressing ingredients and then pour the dressing over the fruit. Gently toss the salad to coat all of the fruit with the syrupy dressing.
How to Keep Fruit Salad Fresh
Fruit salad is best served the day it is made. Leftovers of this berry fruit salad will keep for one day in the refrigerator.
If you want a make-ahead fruit salad, you can wash and dry the berries and cherries up to 12 hours in advance. Store the washed berries in the refrigerator. Wait and add the fruit salad dressing right before serving.
If you are making a fruit salad recipe with fruits that can brown, such as apples or bananas, wait to slice and add those fruits to the salad right before serving.
More Salad Recipes for Summer
Berry Fruit Salad
- 1 pound fresh strawberries
- 8 ounces fresh blueberries
- 4 ounces fresh raspberries
- 4 ounces fresh blackberries
- 2 cups fresh cherries pitted
- zest of 1 small lime
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Wash and gently dry berries and cherries; place in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, whisk together lime zest, lime juice, and honey. Pour over fruit and toss gently to combine.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve. Fruit salad is best served the day it is made but will still be good on the second day.
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