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Fall fruit salad is bursting with vibrant seasonal fruit dressed in a bright honey, orange, and poppy seed dressing!

This yummy fall fruit salad is perfect as a side for a BBQ or a light and delicious dessert! For more picnic perfect dishes try Potato Salad, Easy Pasta Salad, Baked Beans, and Grilled Asparagus.

Fall fruit salad chopped and dressed in a white bowl.

Fresh + Vibrant

Just because it is fall does not mean you stop craving a fresh fruit salad when things like pumpkin and cinnamon spiced dishes are prevalent!

Here in AZ fall/winter is citrus season. That is the time we start enjoying fresh oranges especially. We love to add some brightness to our Thanksgiving and Christmas spreads!

This fresh and vibrant fall fruit salad incorporates the flavors of the season for a tasty side. Apples of course are a fall staple which I included in with our AZ citrus. You can use green apples, gala apples, pink lady, fuji, honeycrisp, granny smith or a combination.

Really you can use any fruit that you may find at the grocery store, but the seasonal fruit will taste the best and be the most flavorful. And the poppy seed dressing really brings all of this fruit together!

Fall fruit salad dressing in a white dish.

Making fall fruit salad

It’s beyond easy to do, which makes the recipe even better!

DRESSING. Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.

FRUIT. Add the fruit for the salad to a large bowl.

TOSS. Pour the dressing over the fruit and toss.

So simple, right!?

Variations

Add a bit of crunch to the salad with seeds or nuts such as:

  • Chopped Pecans
  • Chopped Walnuts
  • Slivered Almonds
  • Pomegranate Seeds
  • Chia Seeds

Fruit Variations:

  • Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, raspberries
  • Citrus: Clementines, mandarin oranges
  • Kiwi
  • Pears

Include what is in season or what you have in your fridge. 

Ingredients for fall fruit salad recipe chopped on a cutting board.

Tips + Storing Info

Zest: Whenever a recipe calls for zest they are referring to the peel of citrus fruit that has been finely grated. You can buy a “zester” or simply use the smaller side of a cheese grater.

Make ahead of time: Make this fall fruit salad the day before and keep it stored in the fridge. The citrus from the orange will help keep the apples from browning. 

STORE leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days. It may last even longer but the fruits will not be quite as firm and fresh.

Fall fruit salad dressed with poppy seed dressing in a white bowl.

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5 from 19 votes

Fall Fruit Salad Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Fall fruit salad is bursting with vibrant seasonal fruit dressed in a bright honey, orange, and poppy seed dressing!
Servings: 10
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes

Ingredients 

Dressing

  • 1/4 c freshly squeezed orange juice
  • zest one orange
  • 1 tbsp honey or more, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp poppy seeds

Salad

  • 1 orange peeled and sliced
  • 1 medium pineapple peeled, cored, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 small bunch seedless grapes cut grapes in half; about 2 cups
  • 2 apples cubed

Instructions 

  • Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Add the fruit for the salad to a large bowl.
  • Pour the dressing over the fruit and toss.

Nutrition

Serving: 10g, Calories: 89kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 200mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 122IU, Vitamin C: 55mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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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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14 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love that I can still enjoy fruit salad in the fall when the typical ingredients, like berries, aren’t in season. The citrus dressing is so light and refreshing, too!

  2. 5 stars
    The poppy seed dressing for this fruit salad is my favorite part about this dish! My family loves anything orange so it’s a hit with my kids.