Easy Fruit Salad

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A fresh fruit salad that makes the perfect side dish to any meal! Colorful, healthy, delicious, and filled with all your favorite fruits!

Fruit salad in a bowl

Fresh Fruit Salad

There is nothing quite as refreshing as a fresh fruit salad. I love preparing all of my favorite fruits and mixing them together in a big bowl! A big bowl of colorful fruit makes the best side dish to any dinner. It’s also the best dish to bring to a party, picnic, or BBQ.

I love how simple a fruit salad is to put together but what a big impact it makes on a meal. Sometimes we even eat our fruit salad for dessert! The recipe for this fruit salad is special because it has a tasty dressing that is poured over all of the fruit. If you’ve never tried a fruit salad dressing, you’re going to love this recipe! It’s a fruit salad game changer.

Best fruits for salad making:

We love to think of all of our favorite fruits and go from there. You can’t really go wrong with any fruit for this recipe. These are some of our favorites for fruit salad:

  • grapes (red and green)
  • strawberries
  • kiwi
  • blackberries
  • pineapple
  • clementines

Sliced strawberries for the easy fruit salad

Dressing + TIPS

TOSS. This salad is as easy as it looks. Just toss all of your prepared fruit together in a big bowl. Set aside while you make the yummy dressing!

DRESSING. To make the dressing, combine the orange juice, pineapple juice and brown sugar in a small pot over medium high heat. Bring this mixture to a boil. Bring the heat down to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Take the pot off the heat and add in the vanilla. Then let it cool completely.

MIX. Pour the dressing over the fruit and mix to combine everything. Let the fruit chill for 1 hour before serving!

Alternative. If you’re looking for an even easier dressing, sprinkle on 1/3 package of instant white chocolate or vanilla pudding mix over your fruit. We love it!

Can this be made ahead of time? You can make this salad up to one day in advance. Let the salad chill in the fridge over night or until you’re ready to serve it. I recommend not pouring the dressing on until closer to serving.

How to store fruit salad? Store any leftover fruit salad in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days.

Fresh Fruit Salad in a Bowl

We love fruit for dinner, BBQs and family gatherings. With this delicious dressing, this fruit salad is even more addicting! We hope you love it.

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Fruit Salad Recipe

5 from 9 votes
Servings 10
Calories 89 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/8 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups green grapes
  • 2 cups red grapes
  • 1 cup strawberries sliced
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 - 2 cups pineapple cubed
  • 1 cup kiwi sliced

Instructions

  1. Bring orange juice, pineapple juice and brown sugar to a boil in a small pot. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add vanilla and let cool.


  2. Add all sliced and cubed fruit to a bowl. Pour dressing over fruit and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I always serve fruit platters and i never THOUGHT to add a dressing to the mix, other than whipped cream which makes it more Like a dessert. I love this recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    I made a batch of this in hopes the kids would eat it all week but they ate it all in one day! They absolutely loved it.

  3. 5 stars
    This is hands-down my favorite summer salad! I love the variety of fruit in it and it’s so refreshing when it’s hot outside.

  4. 5 stars
    So simple yet so delicious! I loved what a colorful side dish this was, i’m sure we will be making it all summer!

  5. 5 stars
    Fruit is one of my favorite things to eat but i have never put a dressing on it until seeing this recipe. It is delicious!! Thanks for the amazing recipe!