This classic fruit salad comes together in 15 minutes with a colorful blend of fruit, fresh mint and lime juice. It's the perfect fruit-forward dessert, side dish, or snack on a hot summer day.
⭐️ Why We Love This Fruit Salad
Summer is here and what better way to cool off than with a refreshing fruit salad?
This classic recipe has the perfect combination of fresh, juicy fruit, tangy lime juice, and aromatic mint.
It's quick, easy, and takes just 15 minutes to make.
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Here's your ingredient list for the grocery store:
- grapes (can be green, red or purple)
- kiwis, peeled & diced
- mango, peeled & diced
- strawberries, diced
- fresh mint leaves, minced
- lime juice + zest (can also use orange juice)
See recipe card for quantities.
👩🍳 Step by Step Instructions
Prep the fruit. Rinse & dry everything well. Drying the fruit well is a very important step in not having a watery salad.
Peel & dice the kiwis & mango. I find that using a glass to peel the mango (pictured above) makes for neatly diced pieces.
Peeling the kiwi can be done by slicing them in half and using a spoon to scoop out the fruit.
Remove the stems of the strawberries and cut into quarters. Mince the mint & zest the lime.
Combine everything. In a large bowl combine all of the fruit, mint leaves & lime zest. Add lime juice and toss to coat everything.
Serve on a platter or bowl with additional mint as a garnish.
Optional: If you want to add a little bit of sweetness to the salad, drizzle some honey or agave syrup over the top.
🍇 Fruity Additions
Mixing up the fruit in your salad is a great way to keep the dish interesting and take advantage of fresh, local produce.
Here are some seasonal recommendations:
- Summer - Watermelon, cantaloupe, peaches, and cherries
- Fall - Apples, pears, and different varieties of grapes
- Winter - Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit, and clementimes
- Spring: Strawberries, kiwi, and pineapple
Remember to always use ingredients that are accessible to you.
If you're using fruits like apples, pears, and bananas I recommend adding them just before serving, to prevent them from browning as much as possible.
I do not recommend using frozen fruit in your salad, they tend to get watery as they thaw and the crisp texture we know and expect from a good fruit salad just doesn't happen.
If you want to try a citrus forward fruit salad, check out this Moroccan Orange Salad.
💫 Dressing Variations
The 'dressing' for this fruit salad couldn't be simpler, it's just lime juice!
That said, you can definitely get creative with this if you want to add a little something in the flavor department.
Here are some fun ideas:
- Orange or Apple Juice - A drizzle of orange or apple juice (fresh squeezed is always best) adds a boost in the sweetness of the natural fruit, without any added sugar.
- Tajin - I'm a little obsessed with all things spicy and tangy, and a sprinkle of tajin can incorporate those flavors into your fruit salad in a seriously addicting way.
- Sugar, Honey, or Agave - As mentioned above, you can also add a sprinkle of sugar or a drizzle of honey or agave to the mix, to sweeten things up.
⭐️ Special Tools
Because this recipe is so simple, the most important tool you will need is a sharp knife. This will help in the presentation and overall texture of the final salad.
If your knife collection is anything like mine, a run or two through a knife sharpener should do the trick!
🔪 Knife Cuts Matter
In any salad this simple, knife cuts are an important part of the process.
I like to keep my strawberries in larger pieces (usually in halves or quarters), while dicing the mangos and kiwis into chunks similar in size to the strawberries.
Really take your time to peel the fruit and dice evenly for a stunning end result.
The blueberries and grapes can stay whole, while the mint is perfect minced finely.
Whether you're making this salad in advance or storing leftovers, it's important to store it properly.
Cover your fruit salad tightly with a lid or plastic wrap and store in the fridge. It should keep for up to 3 days.
Reminder: If you're using fruits like apples, pears, and bananas I recommend adding them just before serving, to prevent them from browning as much as possible.
If you plan to make a large batch, consider keeping the lime juice separate from the fruit and mixing it in just before serving to prevent the fruits from becoming too soggy.
What to Eat it Your Fruit Salad
This recipe goes especially well with summery sweets, salads, and goodies straight off the grill.
Here are a few of my favorites: