Nothing brings a summer spread together quite like a bowl of juicy chopped fruit, and with my refreshing fruit salad recipe, you can keep family and guests nourished all afternoon long.
Fruit Salad Recipe
Whether it’s for lunch with some fresh herbs, a sweet treat with whipped cream, or a side to enjoy with drinks, fruit salad hits the spot on a hot summer’s day no matter what time it is.
It’s really hard to get excited about cooking when the weather is hot, and often people want chilled, refreshing salads and sides to nibble on throughout the day.
That’s why fruit salad is a must-have at any summer party or gathering. You can prepare it in minutes in the morning, keep it refrigerated while you get ready, then simply bring it to the table once everyone has arrived and the sun is high in the sky.
I’ve also included some great ideas for serving your fruit salad, so be sure to read on after the instructions to get some inspiration.
To make my simple and delicious fruit salad recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Bananas – 2 large bananas
- Mango – 1 large mango
- Pineapple – half a pineapple
- Kiwi – 2 kiwis
- Apple – 1 apple
- Strawberries – 8 oz (225 grams) strawberries
- Grapes – 8 oz (225 grams) seedless green grapes
- Orange – 1 orange (for the juice)
- Lime – 1 lime (for the juice)
- Optional: Lemon Ricotta Cream Mousse (to serve with the fruit salad in layers)
Step 1 – Juice the orange and the lime and add the juice to a large bowl.
Step 2 – Cut all the fruit into bite-size pieces, adding them to the juice as soon as you’ve cut them.
Step 3 – Mix the fruit with the juice, making sure everything is combined.
Simple – If you want to keep things simple, let guests serve themselves a portion of fruit salad by giving them small bowls and putting a ladle in the fruit salad, so that everyone can help themselves.
Dressing – You could serve a bottle of honey, or some halved lemons or limes next to the fruit salad. That way, people can add some sweetness, zest, or a little of both.
Lemon Ricotta Cream – I’ve got a lusciously thick lemon ricotta mousse recipe, with just the right amount of lemon zest, that goes so well with a fresh fruit salad.
Dessert-Style – Simple to prepare, you could spoon some fruit salad into glasses with layers of whipped cream or mascarpone, and top each dessert with some mint or a little chopped fruit. You could even prepare these beforehand and keep them in the fridge.
Want to take it to the next level? Consider fancy glasses, such as martini or cocktail glasses, with sugar or sliced fruit on the rim.
Sangria/Punch – If you’re planning for your summer party to go well into the evening, you can use some of your leftover fruit salad in a punch or sangria pitcher.
One thing is for sure: nothing says ‘summer’ quite like a fruit salad! You can get as creative and as colorful as you like, and everyone can enjoy it in so many different ways.
Fruit Salad Recipe Card
- 2 large bananas
- 1 large mango
- 1/2 pineapple
- 2 kiwis
- 1 apple
- 8 oz (225 grams) strawberries
- 8 oz (225 grams) seedless green grapes
- 1 orange (for the juice)
- 1 lime (for the juice)
- optional: Lemon Ricotta Cream Mousse (to serve with the fruit salad in layers)
- Juice the orange and the lime and add the juice to a large bowl.
- Cut all the fruit into bite-sized pieces, adding them to the juice as soon as you’ve cut them.
- Mix the fruit with the juice making sure everything is combined.
- Optional: Serve the fruit salad in glasses in layers with lemon ricotta cream mousse.
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