Lean Into Summer with These 12 Fruit Salad Recipes
A fruit salad is a perfect way to take advantage of the fresh produce of the upcoming summer. There is no better time to throw together a fruit salad than when everything is in season. Here are a dozen of the best fruit salads to add to your meal rotation in the months ahead.
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Fruit, Avocado, and Feta Salad
Fruit and avocado go surprisingly well together as evidenced by this crisp fruit, avocado, and feta salad. In addition to the apples and strawberries, the recipe also features avocado, dried cranberries, and green onions. The addition of sliced almonds adds a crunch to the salad while the crumbled feta brings a bite. The star of the recipe is the dressing, featuring orange juice, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Do not toss the fruit with the dressing until you are ready to serve the salad so that you avoid sogginess.
Nectarine Salad with Cucumbers
Nectarines come into season in the late spring, making them the perfect fruit salad base for this time of the year. This nectarine salad with cucumbers also features fresh basil, goat cheese, and red onion. The dressing includes olive oil, champagne vinegar, and honey. You can also choose to add a smidge of Urfa Biber chili pepper if you want your salad to carry a bit of heat along with the sweetness. This salad is a great way to welcome in summer!
Carrot Salad with Pineapple and Coconut
This easy carrot salad with pineapple and coconut features only six ingredients, making it a breeze to pull together. As the name implies, the dish combines pineapple, carrot, and coconut along with raisins and a dressing made of mayonnaise and sugar to create a delicious addition to your summer barbeque table. This salad is also a good way to get your kids to eat some healthy carrots this summer.
Watermelon Salad with Feta and Cucumber
It is not summertime until you break out the watermelon. For something more unique than simple slices of the quintessential summer fruit, try this watermelon salad with feta and cucumber. Everyone thinks that watermelon and feta sound odd together until they try it themselves and discover how the competing tastes actually complement each other. The cucumbers add a crisp crunch while the mint leaves bring it all together.
Berry Salad with Honey-Lime and Mint Dressing
This berry salad with honey-lime and mint dressing is refreshing and delicious, making it a summer winner. This fruit salad could not be any easier to throw together. You can use your choice of berries, however, strawberries, cherries, blackberries, and blueberries work particularly well with the honey, lime, and mint dressing. Serve the fruit salad chilled for the best taste.
Sangria Gelatin Ring
Looking for a stunning centerpiece for your next hosted meal? Try this beautiful sangria gelatin ring, combining strawberries, blueberries, green grapes, and raspberries into a sangria-inspired gelatin ring. Keep in mind that you will need a gelatin ring to pull off this recipe. Nobody will be able to wait to dig into this masterpiece.
Melon Salad with Basil Vinaigrette
You do not want to miss out on this melon salad with basil vinaigrette. All of your favorite melons are in this salad, including watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew. The dressing consists of fresh basil, garlic, shallots, red wine vinegar, and olive oil that lightly coats the melon mixture. The finishing touch on this salad is the toasted pine nuts. This salad pairs especially well with grilled chicken breast or jumbo shrimp.
Mojito Fruit Salad
You will feel as if you are stranded on a tropical island when you bite into this mojito fruit salad. The base of the fruit salad consists of watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. It is the lime juice, mint, and sugar that make it reminiscent of a mojito. The lime and mint are deliciously refreshing when the mercury begins to rise, making this salad a great choice for the middle of the summer.
Creamy Overnight Fruit Salad
This creamy overnight fruit salad makes an excellent make-ahead side dish for your next gathering. Bananas, grapes, pineapple, mandarin oranges, and cherries form the base of the salad. The lemony dressing is the perfect complement to the fruit. As the name suggests, you will prepare this salad the night before to allow it the right amount of time for the flavors to meld together. Mini marshmallows or chopped walnuts also make a fun addition to this fruit salad if you are looking to elevate its texture.
Summer Fruit Salad
This summer fruit salad boasts the best tastes of the season with peaches, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. The fresh basil and mint add both color and extra zip. The secret ingredients in the salad’s dressing include maple syrup and ginger, giving this recipe a unique taste. This recipe is extremely versatile, allowing you to switch up the fruit depending on what you can find at its freshest stage. Everyone will be asking for the recipe when you bring this fruit salad to the next potluck.
Frozen Fruit Salad
This frozen fruit salad is more dessert than salad, but do not let that stop you from digging in. Strawberries, bananas, and pineapple meld with cream cheese, whipped topping, and the chopped nuts of your choice. You will need to freeze the dish overnight and let it thaw for approximately 30 minutes prior to serving. This dish will be especially popular with the kids.
All 12 of these fruit salads will help you to leverage the best tastes of summer in a bowl. Next time that you are at your local farmer’s market, be sure to think about how you can turn that seasonal fruit into mouth-watering salads.