Favorite Fruit Salad

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This Fruit Salad with Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing is colorful, sweet, and the perfect side dish to any meal. It’s refreshing, healthy, and always a crowd pleaser. Feel free to mix up the fruit, depending on what is in season.

Fruit salad in bowl with citrus dressing and mint

Every time I take this Fruit Salad with Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing to a party or potluck it gets rave reviews. It is a simple fruit salad, but the dressing makes it extra special. This salad is so good, the recipe even made it into our cookbook, which has our very best recipes.

The colors are beautiful and vibrant, and the taste is just as outstanding! It’s the perfect fruit salad for spring and summer meals, bridal showers, baby showers, parties, potlucks, barbecues, picnics…everything!

Fruit salad ingredients

What Fruits to Use

I love this bright combination of summertime flavors! Here are the fruits I like to put in this fruit salad…imagine all these bright colors coming together! It’s gorgeous.

  • Pineapple
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Kiwi

Feel free to mix up the fruits, depending on the season and what you like. Other good options include: grapes, raspberries, orange segments, pomegranate, peaches, mango, apples, and even bananas.

I don’t recommend using frozen fruit for this recipe, you want to use the freshest fruit you can find!

fruit salad in bowl

Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing

I love making a tart and sweet dressing to drizzle over this fruit salad! It pulls all the flavors together really well. The citrus combo is divine and the dressing really makes the fruit salad special. Don’t skip it!

The ingredients are simple and it only takes a few minutes to whisk up. You can make the dressing in a bowl or jar and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve!

  • Orange zest
  • Lime zest
  • Orange juice
  • Lime juice
  • Honey (can use pure maple syrup or sugar to make the salad vegan)
  • Poppy seeds (you can buy poppy seeds in the spice aisle or bulk bins)
  • Chopped fresh mint

Prepping the Fruit

  • Cut the fruit into similar size pieces.
  • To keep the berries fresh, don’t rinse or wash the fruit until ready to use.
  • Pineapple– The pineapple needs to be peeled and chopped. Remove the top and bottom, then cut the hard, prickly skin off. Quarter the inside, then cut the hard core out. Now you’re left with just the soft, juicy, edible part! Cut that into smaller squares and it’s ready to go.
  • Blackberries and Blueberries– They only need to be rinsed and then they’re ready to go into the salad whole. Easy!
  • Strawberries– Rinse, cut off the green top, and slice.
  • Kiwi– Kiwi can seem intimidating because of their fuzzy, brown skin, but they’re actually simple to prepare! Cut the top and bottom off, then slip a spoon in between the brown skin and the green fruit. Slide it around the outside and the middle will slip right out! From there it can be diced and tossed into the fruit salad. And FYI-did you know kiwi skin is safe to eat? I always cut it off for fruit salad though because we want to see the pretty green color!
fruit salad with mint

How to Make Fruit Salad

  • When all of the fruit is ready to go, place it in a large bowl and drizzle the dressing over the fruit. Gently toss, being careful to not mash or squish any of the berries.
  • I like to garnish with extra fresh mint for a pop of green! Plus, mint is SO good with fruit.
  • You can serve the salad at room temperature or chilled. It is good both ways.

How to Keep Fruit Salad from Browning

The key to keep fruits looking fresh is citrus! An acidic juice preserves the color and brightness of these fruits. This is where the citrus dressing comes in handy!

If you are going to use bananas in your fruit salad, wait until serving time to add them. They brown quickly after being sliced.

How to Store

Fruit salad is best the day it is made. However, it can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

Remember, you can make the dressing in advance. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

fruit salad with fork in a bowl

More Fruit Salad Recipes

Favorite Fruit Salad

This Fruit Salad with Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing is colorful, sweet, and the perfect side dish to any meal. It is refreshing, healthy, and always a crowd pleaser. Feel free to mix up the fruit, depending on what is in season.

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time
15 minutes
Total Time
15 minutes
Cuisine
American
Servings
10

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 1 large pineapple, peeled and chopped
  • 18 oz blackberries
  • 16 oz strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 12 oz blueberries
  • 4 kiwi, peeled, sliced and halved

For the dressing:

  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

Instructions

  1. Combine the pineapple, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and kiwi in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl or jar, combine the orange zest, lime zest, orange juice, lime juice, honey, and poppy seeds. Whisk together until honey is dissolved.
  3. Drizzle the dressing over the fruit and gently stir until fruit is well coated. Garnish with fresh mint. Serve.

Recipe Notes

To make the recipe vegan, use pure maple syrup or sugar instead of the honey. 

Nutrition Facts
Favorite Fruit Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 406mg12%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 270IU5%
Vitamin C 122mg148%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Photos by Molly

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I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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