Fruit Salad with honey lime dressing is sweet and full of fresh flavor. This easy fruit salad recipe is a favorite summer side dish or dessert!
Fruit salad is a classic dish that’s perfect for a party. We love this berry fruit salad recipe, but sometimes we crave other fruits in our salad besides berries and cherries.
Today’s recipe boasts a rainbow of fruits and a sweet fruit salad dressing. The honey lime dressing is light and fresh and we’ll use just enough to add an extra zip of flavor to our fresh fruit.
We can’t get enough of this fresh fruit salad. The recipe makes a big bowl, which is a good thing because it always gets eaten in record time!
Tips for the Best Fruit Salad
- After washing the fruit, dry it well before adding it to your salad. Wet berries or grapes can add too much extra moisture to the salad, which will make the fruits soften faster.
- Add the dressing to the fruit right before serving. The longer the fruit sits in the dressing, the more it will start to break down and soften.
- When tossing everything together, stir very gently. Consider adding the most delicate fruits, such as blueberries and kiwi, last.
- If you are adding fruits that brown easily, such as bananas, apples or pears, slice and add them right before serving.
- You can add a little bit of chopped fresh mint to this recipe if you enjoy the flavor of fresh mint.
Fruit Salad Dressing
This fruit salad is tossed in a simple dressing made from lime zest, lime juice and honey. Since ripe fruits are already sweet, we just need a little bit of dressing on the salad.
To make the dressing, first zest the lime. The easiest way to zest a lime is to use a microplane. You can also use a vegetable peeler to remove larger strips of the lime peel and then chop finely. The small holes on a box grater will also work. Be sure to remove just the green part of the lime peel and not the white part underneath, which can be bitter.
Once you’ve zested the lime, roll it on your counter a few times to soften it up. This makes it easier to juice. Combine the lime zest, lime juice and honey in a small bowl.
The dressing is optional. I often make fruit salad without dressing, but the honey lime glaze makes it even more delicious for a special occasion.
What other fruits can I use?
This fruit salad recipe calls for strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, grapes, kiwi and pineapple. I like this combination because it is a good balance of flavors and colors. You can use other fruits depending on what is in season. Try:
- Mandarin Oranges
- Peaches or Nectarines
- Watermelon, Cantaloupe or Honeydew
For a fun variation on fruit salad, try these rainbow fruit kabobs.
Can I use frozen fruit?
I don’t recommend using frozen fruit in fruit salad. As frozen fruit defrosts, it is much softer than fresh fruit and will not hold up well in fruit salad. Frozen fruit also tends to release too much liquid as it thaws.
Make Ahead and Storage Tips
If you would like to do some of the prep work ahead of time for this fruit salad, you can wash, dry and chop your fruit a few hours ahead of time. You can also whisk together the dressing ingredients. Store the dressing and fruit in the refrigerator, separately. You’ll want to wait and add the dressing to the salad right before serving.
If you have leftover fruit salad, you can store it in the refrigerator for a day or two. The fruit will soften and release some of its juices, but it will still taste delicious.
More Summer Salad Recipes
- 1 pound red grapes (or green grapes, about 3 cups)
- 2 cups chopped fresh pineapple
- 1 pound fresh strawberries (about 2 cups sliced)
- 6 ounces fresh blueberries (about 1 cup)
- 6 ounces fresh blackberries (about 1 ½ cups)
- 3 kiwi (peeled and sliced)
For the Dressing
- zest of one lime
- 1 ½ tablespoons lime juice
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Wash and dry the fruits well. Peel and chop the pineapple, slice the strawberries and peel and chop the kiwi. Combine all fruit in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the lime zest, lime juice and honey. Pour over the fruit and toss gently to combine. Serve immediately.
- If making fruit salad ahead, wait and add the dressing right before serving. If you are preparing the fruit ahead, it is best to wash, dry and chop it no more than a few hours before you plan to serve it.
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