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Fresh Fruit Salad

Fresh Fruit Salad

  • Prep 15min
  • Total20min
  • Servings8

Refreshing flavors mingle in this salad that features fruit favorites.MORE+LESS-

ByTBSP Susan

Updated April 24, 2015



cups fresh cantaloupe balls or cubes


cup fresh honeydew melon balls or cubes


cup fresh strawberries, sliced


tablespoon balsamic vinegar


tablespoon fresh minced (or finely chopped) ginger root or candied ginger


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  • 1

    In a large bowl, prepare melon balls (or cubes). Add strawberry slices and raspberries.

  • 2

    In a small saucepan, brown ginger over medium heat. (Be careful not to burn.) Add wine and bring to a boil. Cook until liquid is reduced by half, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add orange juice and balsamic vinegar, stirring to mix. Allow to cool (approximately 15 minutes).

  • 3

    Allow juice to cool. Pour over fruit, and gently mix fruit to coat. Place in a covered container and refrigerate an hour. Before serving, spoon juice over fruit to freshly coat and moisten.

Expert Tips

  • Use raspberry vinegar instead of balsamic vinegar. Add a squirt of freshly squeeze lemon juice and/or lemon zest if desired.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

0 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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A delicious fruit salad that stays fresh for days is almost unheard of, but this one works so well. Not only does it tastes delicious and full of tropical flavors – oranges, peaches, nectarines, mangos, apples and bananas, but you can prepare a large bowl and enjoy it all week long.

Fruit salad is perfect for breakfast or as a dessert or snack any time of day. This is one of my favorite combination – oranges, nectarines, mangos, apples and bananas. The flavors marry with each other perfectly and the textures complement each other perfectly too – soft, crunchy and in between.

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How to prepare Fruit salad

To prepare your fruit salad, start by squeezing a lemon 1 and pouring the juice into a large bowl 2 . Add the oil 3 and a pinch of salt.

Emulsify the mixture thoroughly using a whisk 4 . Next, prepare the fruit. Cut the nectarine in half and remove the stone 5 , then cut into thin slices 6 .

Put the nectarine in the bowl and stir 7 the lemon juice will prevent it from oxidizing. Cut the cherries in half and remove the stones 8 , then pour them into the bowl, add the blueberries 9 , and stir again.

Now turn to the strawberries, removing the stalks and slicing them thinly 10 . Add them to the rest of the fruit in the bowl and mix 11 . Next, move on to the figs: Wash them and cut off the stalks 12 .

Then, without peeling them, cut them into wedges 13 and add them to the bowl before stirring gently once again. Now for the celery: Cut away the whitest, toughest part and peel the stick with a vegetable peeler. Next, cut the stem into small slices and cut the leafy part into larger pieces 14 . Add the stick and the leaves to the rest of the fruit 15 .

Mix all of the ingredients well 16 and add the peanuts 17 . Give it one last stir and transfer your fruit salad into serving bowls 18 or serve straight from the bowl. Your fruit salad is ready to be enjoyed!

How to make the best fruit salad:

Using seasonal fruit in this Fresh Fruit Salad with Citrus Glaze makes it so delicious! It doesn’t get much better than ripe strawberries and juicy pineapple in the summer, so you know this fruit salad is going to be a hit.

Start by washing and drying all of the fruit.

Cut the pineapple into bite-sized pieces, slice the strawberries, peel and dice the kiwi, and take the grapes off the vine.

Put all of the fruit in a large mixing bowl.

Gently toss all the fruit together, being sure not to smash any of the blueberries.

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk together orange juice, lemon juice, brown sugar and orange zest.

Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for a few minutes until it thickens up a little bit.

Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla extract then let cool. You could even place the saucepan in the fridge to help the glaze cool faster.

Pour cooled glaze over fruit and gently toss to coat the fruit.

Cover and store in the fridge until serving.

Recipe Summary

  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 ½ cups shredded coconut
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 (8 ounce) can fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1 (8 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries, drained (Optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a large bowl, combine the whipped topping, coconut, chopped nuts, fruit cocktail, pineapple, mandarin oranges, marshmallows, cherries, nutmeg and cinnamon. Mix together well and refrigerate for 30 to 45 minutes.

Fresh Fruit Kickstart (5:2 and Weight Watchers)

Serves 4
Prep time 5 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Dessert, Lunch, Salad, Side Dish, Snack, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Casual Party, Christmas, Easter, Formal Party, Valentines day
Region British
By author Karen S Burns-Booth

Homemade Fruit Salad is mainly made up of fruit. Fresh fruit, though, not frozen, as thawing frozen fruit makes it mushy.

My favorite combination of fruit for this recipe is strawberries, blueberries, and grapes. The sour-to-sweet ratio is just perfect when these three fruits are combined.

But the great thing about this fruit salad is that you can personalize it to make it your own. One of my kiddos is a blackberry fiend, so he loves when I throw those in.

Try adding blackberries, raspberries, kiwis, mandarin oranges, or diced green apple, as well.

Most fruit salad recipes also include some kind of “dressing,” which often involves yogurt or cream.

I like to keep mine fresher most of the time with just lemon and sugar (or cut the sugar totally if you’re trying to reduce carbs. You’ll barely notice a difference!). The lemon and sugar will help the fruit to “juice,” which will make its own little dressing concoction.

The lemon juice is a MUST in this recipe. It’s truly the secret ingredient. I don’t know why, but the lemon juice really makes or breaks it. And it must be lemon. We tried lime juice once, and it just wasn’t the same. The flavor balance was just off.

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MIXED FRUIT SALAD WITH HONEY-LEMON YOGURT DRESSING – I love the addition of pecans. This will be the first one we will be trying – I am sure it will be at our Easter table.

LEMON POPPYSEED FRUIT SALAD – This salad is one of my to-go-to recipes. Easy to throw together and the berries just make a nice elegant touch.

BERRY SALAD IN HONEY MASCARPONE – This is just gorgeous and I love that Jen added mascarpone cheese, yum!

BERRY SALAD WITH HONEY LIME AND MINT DRESSING – I want to just drink that dressing straight from the bowl.

KIWI BERRY FRUIT SALAD – The big crowd pleaser for any barbecue or spring/summer get together.

BEST WINTER FRUIT SALAD – I can see why this is named the BEST EVER.

HONEY LIME RAINBOW FRUIT SALAD– Anything with honey and lime we love so I can see this being a keep in our home.

APPLE WALNUT SALAD – Made with 4-different kinds of apples, this is always a hit with the kids.

TROPICAL FRUIT SALAD WITH VANILLA BEAN– I love how these are served, such a clever idea.

MEXICAN FRUIT SALAD – I would have never have thought of this. Can’t wait to try it!

SKINNY AMBROSIA FRUIT SALAD– One of my favorites “slimmed” down fruit salad recipes.

MELON MINT FRUIT SALAD – Refreshing and delightful, this is a great salad for a brunch or afternoon snack.

SECRET FRUIT SALAD– So, can you guess the secret?

WINTER FRUIT SALAD – All of my kids’ favorites in one salad.

MANGO BERRY FRUIT SALAD – Made with a dreamy honey-orange glaze, this salad is a summer-time tropical dream.

SUNSHINE SALAD RECIPE – My daughter Jersey is most excited to try this because it has sunshine in the title. With all the bananas, oranges, and pineapple it really does look like a sunny bowl.

PINA COLADA FRUIT SALAD – This makes me want to head to the beach and drink Pina Coladas all day long.

MELON & PINEAPPLE FRUIT SALAD WITH HONEY, LIME AND MINT DRESSING – I love how the fruit is cut up in the salad, letting you get a bit of everything in one spoonful.

WINTER FRUIT SALAD – You can never go wrong with too much kiwi.

FRUIT SALAD WITH HEALTHY YOGURT SAUCE – The creamy yogurt sauce is what sold me on this recipe.

EASY WINTER FRUIT SALAD – Just a few ingredients and simply delicious.

FRUIT SALAD RECIPE WITH ORANGE POPPY SEED SYRUP – I love poppy seed in any salad, love this dressing.

HONEY LIME QUINOA FRUIT SALAD – I love quinoa and fruit in a salad and this makes a great combination.

HONEY LIME FRUIT SALAD – Simple, sweet, and fantastic. The combination of fresh flavors with the honey-lime just sounds delicious.

5-INGREDIENT FRESH FRUIT SALAD – 5 ingredients away from deliciousness. And how cute are the shapes? This is such a great idea.

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