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Fruit Salad Recipe for a Refreshing Dessert Everyone Will Love

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Prepare to dose your palate with a sweet, zesty, tart, juicy, and tropical fusion of mouthwatering proportions with our fruit salad recipe, and treat friends, family, and loved ones to this classic fruit salad at dinners, celebrations, and garden parties throughout the summer.

Fruit salad served in a large crystal bowl.

Fruit Salad Recipe

Hugely popular across the world, and especially in European cuisine, including the likes of Greek cuisine and Spanish cuisine, and South American cuisine in the likes of Argentinian cuisine where it’s known as macedonia de frutas, this beloved fruit medley salad is wonderfully refreshing, and an excellent choice for a snack or post-lunch or dinner dessert.

Whether you follow our recipe closely or get creative with your own additions, there’s no denying that this simple fruit salad, when served chilled, is the perfect dish to enjoy on a hot summer’s day.

Fruit salad individual portion and large fruit salad served in a large crystal bowl.

Recipe Ingredients

To get started with our fruit salad recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Fruit salad ingredients
  • Bananas – 2
  • Nectarines – 2
  • Apple – 1
  • Kiwis – 2
  • Pear – 1
  • Strawberries – 14.1 oz or 400 grams
  • Pineapple – 1/2
  • Orange Juice – 1 cup, freshly-squeezed
  • Lime Juice – 1 lime or 2 tbsp, freshly-squeezed
  • Sugar – 1 tbsp, optional

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1 – Add 1 cup of freshly-squeezed orange juice and the juice of 1 lime (about two tablespoons) to a large bowl.

Fruit salad recipe step by step (orange and lime juice in a bowl).

Step 2 – Peel and cut up the fruit into small cubes and add them to the bowl with the juice. The juice keeps fruits like apples and bananas from turning brown.

Fruit salad recipe step by step (all fruit cut up in bite-sized pieces).

Step 3 – Give everything a mix and taste. If the lime juice is too sharp for you, add 1-2 tablespoons of sugar. In our recipe, we added 1 tablespoon of sugar and mixed everything.

Fruit salad recipe step by step (adding sugar).

Step 4 – Refrigerate the fruit salad for at least 30-60 minutes, allowing the fruit to macerate in the juice and all the flavors to come together nicely.

It really is that simple. We like to serve the salad in a large glass bowl, so that everyone can appreciate the color and texture of this dish, and easily ladle themselves as much as they want.

Fruit salad served in a large crystal bowl and an individual portion in a small white bowl.

The juice is a key component of this salad. It helps bind the chopped fruit together, allowing all the different flavors to meld into one gloriously refreshing mouthful.

Fruit salad

What’s great about this fruit salad is that it is so simple to prepare, yet still feels like a worthy dessert because of the number of different fruits used and all the tart, zesty, and sweet flavors rolled into one.

Fruit salad.

What to Serve with Fruit Salad

When it comes to fruit salad, the choices really are endless. However, if you need a little inspiration, consider the following:

Greek Yogurt with Honey – Great as a topping for a bowl or glass of fruit salad.

Ice Cream or Sorbet – This classic combination never fails to put smiles on faces!

Granola – Add a little crunch with a side of granola. You could even layer it with Greek yogurt or plain yogurt for a creamy, crunchy, and fruity dessert.

Cheese – If you’re going big on the snacks and nibbles, prepare a cheese board to serve with your fruit salad.

Simple Green Salad – Greens and fruit can be a really great combination for a fruity summer salad. You could also serve it with some sliced mozzarella.

Punch – Put together a classic punch, like sangria, and use plenty of the fruit from your fruit salad to bring the tart, sweet, and juicy flavors.

Take your fruit salad bowl out to your patio table or dinner table, along with a ladle and a few bowls, and watch as this gorgeous salad disappears very quickly! Your guests simply won’t be able to resist once they savor that first refreshing spoonful. Everyone is in for a treat.

Fruit salad

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Fruit Salad

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Desserts

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas
  • 2 nectarines
  • 1 apple
  • 2 kiwis
  • 1 pear
  • 14.1 oz 400 grams of strawberries
  • 1/2 pineapple
  • 1 cup of freshly-squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tbsp of freshly-squeezed lime juice or juice from 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp of sugar optional

Instructions

  • Add 1 cup of freshly-squeezed orange juice and the juice of 1 lime (about two tablespoons) to a large bowl.
  • Peel and cut up the fruit into small cubes and add them to the bowl with the juice. The juice keeps fruits like apples and bananas from turning brown.
  • Give everything a mix and taste. If the lime juice is too sharp for you, add 1-2 tablespoons of sugar. In our fruit salad, we added one tablespoon of sugar and mixed everything.
  • Refrigerate the fruit salad for at least 30-60 minutes, allowing the fruit to macerate in the juice and all the flavors to come together nicely.
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  • Hey there! We are Dale and Doina, the founders of Nomad Paradise. We traveled full-time for over three years, and while we now have a home base in the U.K., continue to take trips abroad to visit new places and try new cuisines and foods. Our food guides are curated with the guidance of local foodies, and their contribution is indicated under each article. We also cook the foods we try abroad, and you can discover how to make them in our 'recipes from around the world' category.

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