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Perfect Summer Fruit Salad Recipe

This tasty fruit salad recipe is perfect for any summer get together and it never disappoints. The refreshing summer fruit mixed with the creamy yogurt dressing is a delicious way to keep cool and energized during these hot summer days. This fruit salad is great to take to backyard BBQs, cookouts, pool parties, or any occasion. It’s colorful, vibrant, and always a crowd pleaser! Plus, it’s an easy way to sneak in extra vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants for the whole family.

Summer fruit salad recipe

A homemade summer fruit salad is one of my favorite things to make during the hot summer months. And, best of all, this fruit salad is very customizable and can be made to fit your taste preference. So, if you’re not a fan of a certain fruit (or maybe you’re allergic), you can easily substitute it with another type of fruit that you do enjoy. I’ve made substitution ideas on the recipe card below.

Summer fruit salad

How To Make Fruit Salad

Making fruit salad yourself with perfectly ripened, fresh fruit is on a level of its own. Store-bought fruit salad may be an easy grab-and-go option, but it’s mostly likely not going to be nearly as fresh (or sweet!). So, I highly recommend making this fruit salad recipe yourself. It only takes about 15-20 minutes to put together.

Fruit Salad Ingredients

These are the ingredients you’ll need to make my popular summer fruit salad recipe.

  • For the yogurt dressing: Use any type of plain yogurt (greek, dairy free, etc.) mixed with vanilla extract, raw honey, lemon juice and zest, and cinnamon.
  • For the fruit: I’ve chosen to use blueberries, strawberries, peaches, kiwi, grapes, and apples. I know apples technically aren’t a summer fruit, but I love the unique crisp texture they bring to the salad. But, feel free to swap out any of these fruits with others, such as pineapple, mango, mandarin oranges, apricots, etc.)
  • For added crunch: What makes this fruit salad so unique is the added crunch from the walnuts. Feel free to substitute with chopped almonds, sunflower seeds, chopped pecans, etc.

How To Make This Fruit Salad

Here’s an overview of how to make this creamy yogurt summer fruit salad.

  1. Make the yogurt dressing. Combine all yogurt dressing ingredients and mix until fully combined.
  2. Prepare the fruit. Rinse, dry, and chop the fruit. Then, place the fruit into a bowl and pour the yogurt dressing over top. Mix until combined.
  3. Marinate. Place foil or a lid over the bowl and let chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
Summer fruit salad

How To Store

Fruit salad is best eaten within 24 hours of making it, especially if it’s for a party, event, or gathering. However, if you’re making it for yourself and your family, it’ll stay fresh for up to 4 days in the fridge when stored in an airtight container. If you have leftovers after 4 days, you can pop it into a blender and make a smoothie or even freeze it to be eaten or turned into a smoothie later.

Summer fruit salad recipe

Tip for Making the Best Fruit Salad

  • Soak the berries and grapes in a water/vinegar/baking soda mixture to extend freshness. I find when I do this, it not only helps to thoroughly clean the fruit, but it also seems to extend the freshness of it.
  • Fruit must be fully dry. Before adding the fruit to the bowl to mix, make sure it’s fully dry. This ensure that the fruit salad isn’t too watery.
  • Always use fresh fruit. When making any fruit salad recipe, you’ll never want to use frozen fruit because it’ll eventually thaw out and become too watery.
  • Always use fruit that’s fully ripe. This is KEY to getting the best flavor. Unripened fruit can be bitter and too tangy. You want the fruit to be ripe and sweet. This is especially important for the kiwi, peaches, and strawberries.
  • Get creative with the yogurt dressing. Feel free to use a flavored yogurt to add a boost of flavor.
Summer fruit salad recipe

Summer Fruit Salad Recipe Video

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Perfect Summer Fruit Salad

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This perfect summer fruit salad recipe is not only a crowd pleaser, but it’s also a great way to sneak in fruit with the family. The creamy yogurt dressing makes it even more delicious!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salads, Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 165 kcal

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Ingredients
  

Fruit Salad:

  • 2 C. Strawberries, cut into halves or fourths
  • 2 C. Blueberries
  • 2 C. Green or Red Grapes, keep whole or cut into halves
  • 2 Apples, chopped into cubes (can sub with mango, pineapple, or mandarin oranges to keep it a true summer fruit salad.)
  • 2 C. Peaches, chopped into 1-inch pieces (can sub with apricots)
  • 4 Kiwi, peeled u0026 sliced into bite size pieces
  • 1 C. Walnuts, chopped
  • Mint Leaves, to garnish (optional)

Yogurt Dressing:

  • 1 C. Plain Yogurt (greek yogurt, dairy free yogurt, etc.)
  • 1/4 C. Raw Honey
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Lemons, add the zest and juice
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Make sure all of the fruit is rinsed and dried thoroughly before slicing/chopping. Once you’ve prepped the fruit, add it to a mixing bowl and set aside.
    Summer Fruit Salad Recipe
  • In a separate bowl, add all yogurt ingredients and whisk until fully combined.
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  • Pour dressing over the fruit and toss until it’s fully incorporated and all fruit is coated with the dressing.
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  • Cover bowl with a lid or foil and place in the fridge to marinate for at least 2 hours before serving. When ready to serve, garnish with mint leaves (optional) and enjoy!

Notes

Ripe Fruit – make sure all fruit is fully ripe to get the best flavor.  Unripe fruit can be bitter and too tangy.
Yogurt Dressing – Feel free to get creative with the dressing by using flavored yogurts.  You can also use dairy free yogurt.
Storage – Fruit salad is best eaten within 24 hours but will stay good in the fridge for up to 4 days.  If you have leftovers, you can blend it and make a fresh smoothie or freeze it for future smoothies.

Nutrition

Serving: 1CupCalories: 165kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 3gFat: 7gFiber: 4gSugar: 19g
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