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.
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!
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!?
Add a bit of crunch to the salad with seeds or nuts such as:
- Chopped Pecans
- Chopped Walnuts
- Slivered Almonds
- Pomegranate Seeds
- Chia Seeds
- Berries: Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, raspberries
- Citrus: Clementines, mandarin oranges
Include what is in season or what you have in your fridge.
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.
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Fall Fruit Salad Recipe
- 1/4 c freshly squeezed orange juice
- zest one orange
- 1 tbsp honey or more, to taste
- 1/2 tsp poppy seeds
- 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
- 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.
Yum!! The flavors just burst in your mouth! I am not waiting until fall to make this! It’s all my favorite fruit!
This looks like the perfect fresh dessert! I can’t wait to try it out! YUM!
This is such an amazing fruit salad!! I love the flavors!
I know it’s summer but I have to make this recipe year-round it is so good. My kids’ joke that if we have not had fruit salad at least 3 times in a month that I would have been abducted and replaced by an alien.
Simple, easy and so delicious! Love how fresh and bright this is! Uses autumn fruits but tastes like spring! Yum!
The orange poppy seed dressing brought all the fruit flavors together. Delicious combination for a fruit salad.
My favorite part of this recipe is the orange poppy seed dressing – swoon! It’s the perfect accompaniment for a fruit salad!
The perfect fruit salad for fall (or any season really)! I love the orange-honey-poppy seed combo for the dressing. It makes for a delicious fruit salad!
I love the light dressing! It’s bright and compliments the fruit perfectly. Such a simple, but tasty fruit salad.
This is perfect to curb my fruit cravings in the fall. The orange dressing makes this!
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.
I love the citrus element to the salad. Easy and yummy side.
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!