Rainbow honey lime fruit salad filled with fresh strawberries, oranges, bananas, grapes and blueberries. Then topped with a delicious honey lime glaze.
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Best Fruit Salad Recipe
One of my favorite things to make during the spring and summer months is a fresh fruit salad. The fruit is so ripe and juicy and the refreshing taste just can’t be beat on a hot summer day. This recipe is the perfect side dish to bring to a BBQ or get together and is a nice twist on your basic fruit salad.
I love adding a honey lime glaze to not only add a little more sweetness, but to help it stay fresh longer. The lime keeps the fruit from browning and adds a bright citrus flavor. When mixed with the honey, it makes a syrup consistency and coats the fruit perfectly. The flavor combination is outstanding.
Sometimes I like to add in a little shredded coconut like in I do in my ambrosia salad recipe, or add in pine nuts or poppy seeds for a crunch. So simple, fresh and healthy and delicious, too. Other recipes with fruit that I love this time of year include this mandarin orange salad and rainbow fruit platter!
Best Fruit to Use
To me, the must-haves are strawberries and grapes (especially if there are kids around). Those tend to hold up well and are always the favorite around my house. Although, I’m pretty sure my kids will eat any type of fruit. Veggies are a whole different story. :)
Below are some of our favorites to add. You can definitely mix up the varieties you add though…I tend to use whatever I have on hand. You could even use different types of berries to make a berry fruit salad.
- Mandarin oranges
- Green or red grapes
Honey Lime Dressing
To really make the fresh fruit taste outstanding, all it takes is a little honey, fresh lime juice and lime zest!
Lemon juice or another acidic juice like pineapple juice or orange juice will also work. The tangy juice is the perfect pair when mixed with the sweet honey.
Honey Lime Fruit Salad Tips
- Ripe fruit. Use fruit that’s in season, so that it’s super ripe, juicy and perfectly sweet. If you’re buying varieties that takes a few days to ripen (mangoes, pineapples), make sure to pick those up a few days in advance so that they’re fully ripe by the time you make the salad.
- Juice. Use the juice of a FRESH lime. It tastes so much better than the bottled lime juice and gives you the opportunity to grate in some extra lime zest for more flavor. If you don’t have limes on hand, you may also use fresh lemon or orange juice. Pineapple juice would also taste delicious.
- Dice evenly. Make sure to dice all of the fruit into evenly sized pieces, so that each bite is filled with a nice variety.
- Add bananas last. If you’re preparing the salad in advance, hold off on adding the sliced bananas. They tend to brown quickly and sometimes the flavor can be overpowering. Add them in right before serving.
- Prevent fruit from browning: The honey lime dressing will help as the acid from the lime helps slow browning as well as covering the dish tightly with plastic wrap or a lid, so that it stays super fresh and delicious!
Make Ahead + Storing
This recipe will keep in the fridge for about 1-2 days. I like to enjoy it within the first couple of days so that the fruit doesn’t get soggy or lose it’s flavor. If you’re looking for ways to use it up, try adding it in a yogurt parfait or on top of overnight oats. You can even use it to make infused water as well.
Strawberries and pears are both delicious with a drizzle of honey. All the fruits in this rainbow fruit salad taste even sweeter with the honey lime dressing!
While any fruit salad is best ate within 1-2 days, storing it covered in the refrigerator may help extend it’s life. Keep in mind that the honey lime dressing will macarete the berries. A fancy way of saying the berries will release their sugars and soften!
Unfortunately not. Frozen fruit when thawed can turn mushy and soggy. It will add too much moisture to this recipe. Keep in mind you can use any fresh fruit that is in season though which is a great way to add variety.
You could wash, cut and prep your fruit, minus the bananas, and store them separately covered in the refrigerator. You could also make the dressing and store it apart from the fruit. When ready to serve, just toss the fruit together with the dressing.
More Fresh Fruit Recipes
Honey Lime Fruit Salad
- 2 cups strawberries
- 1 cup mandarin oranges , about 4 oranges or a 11 ounce can (drained)
- 1 large banana , sliced
- 1 ½ cups green grapes , sliced in half
- ½ cup blueberries or blackberries
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 1 lime , juiced
- lime zest , if desired
- Toss the fruit together in a large bowl.
- Then whisk together the honey and lime in a small bowl. Add some zest from the lime, if desired.
- Drizzle over the top of the fruit and stir until evenly coated. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Best served within the first day or two.
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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