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How to Make The Best Summer Fruit Salad

How to Make The Best Summer Fruit Salad

Here’s the perfect, refreshing summer fruit salad recipe! The lime juice-honey dressing just gives it the right amount of sweetness!

Summer is definitely here! The hot days have got me thinking about my favorite things about summer. I love all the fresh summer vegetables and fruits, hanging out with my family by the pool, grilling almost every night and fresh, summery salads. What are your favorite parts of summer?

Fresh and Easy Summer Fruit Salad

summer fruit salad recipe


If you are like me and adore the fresh fruits of summer, then I know you will love this summer fruit salad recipe. This recipe is a summertime favorite in my family. In fact, my husband and kids request it all the time. I am happy to make it because I love it too!

Not only is this delicious summer fruit salad great for serving alongside hot, grilled food, but it also makes a great dessert. Those sweet fruits are a perfect way to end the long summer days. If you are lucky enough to have fruit salad leftovers, you can even enjoy it for breakfast! This is a multipurpose recipe at it’s finest.

The Best Fruits for Making Summer Fruit Salad

So what goes into my summer fruit salad? Let me tell you all about the ingredients I use.

the best summer fruit salad

  • Watermelon – Watermelon is an iconic summer fruit. It is juicy but also adds a nice crunch to the salad.
  • Cantaloupe – Cantaloupe is sweet and juicy. The orange color also looks great in the summer fruit salad.
  • Pineapple – Pineapple adds a tropical flair to the salad, perfect for those hot summer days.
  • Mango – Mango is another tropical ingredient that I love to add. It is also very tender when ripe.
  • Green and Red Grapes – Crisp grapes give the salad a refreshing texture.
  • Strawberries, Blackberries, and Blueberries – Berries are a summer hallmark. Nothing is quite as pretty or flavorful as a bowl full of fresh, ripe berries!
  • Kiwi – Kiwi gives the fruit salad a lovely pop of green.
  • Lime Juice and Honey – Lime juice and honey dressing make the salad into a real salad rather than a bowl of fruit. Lime juice is bright and refreshing and the honey adds just the right amount of sweetness.

how to make summer fruit salad

The fruit that is ripe and ready at the beginning of summer may change by the end of the season. While strawberries are abundant in early summer, they start to dwindle by August. You may want to consider using other summer fruits.

See what is in stock in your grocery store. Pick fruits that look ripe and fresh. Here are a few other fruits that I have added to my summer fruit salad or swapped when needed:

  • Papaya
  • Cherries
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Honeydew melon
  • Bananas
  • Fresh coconut (not technically a fruit but delicious in fruit salad!)

Delicious Summer Fruit Salad

summer fruit salad recipe

I really think that a fresh fruit salad makes a summer dinner table complete. The sweet, refreshing fruit is the perfect complement to hot, grilled foods. It is also so simple to make and you can really utilize the best fruits of the season.

Try this simple recipe soon. Make it as big or small as you’d like. The flexibility of the recipe is part of the appeal!

Let me know when this summer fruit salad makes an appearance on your table.  Please send me a picture too! I love to see my tasty recipes in your home. Enjoy! 🙂


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The Best Summer Fruit Salad

  • Author: Jocelyn Brown
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x


Here’s the perfect and refreshing summer fruit salad recipe! The lime juice-honey dressing just gives it the right amount of sweetness!



Amounts will vary depending on how many you are serving

  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Green grapes
  • Red grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Red raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Kiwi, peeled and sliced


  • ½ cup lime juice or frozen concentrate limeade, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. Clean and cut all fruit and add to a large bowl
  2. Stir gently to combine
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together juice  and honey for dressing until well combined
  4. Drizzle over fruit and toss gently
  5. Store in refrigerator until chilled
  6. Store leftovers in refrigerator


Keywords: summer fruit salad, fruit salad, fruit salad recipe, best summer fruit salad

Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. Laurie Rasor
    10/11/2021 / 8:23 pm

    Have A Good Day

  2. 08/08/2021 / 2:53 pm

    I haven’t made a big fruit salad in a long time. This sounds like a delicious combination.

  3. Angeline
    07/03/2021 / 2:22 pm

    fresh fruit is always a must in summer! I always make cream based salads, so this is a wonderful alternative! 🙂

  4. 07/03/2021 / 2:54 am

    definitely yes to fruit salads anytime; and they are always so full of color and refreshing too

  5. Ashley t
    07/03/2021 / 2:48 am

    This looks so delicious and I love that its easy to make.

  6. 07/02/2021 / 11:55 pm

    This sounds like the perfect fruit salad.

  7. 07/02/2021 / 8:50 pm

    I absolutely love fruit salad! So refreshing.

  8. 07/02/2021 / 8:05 pm

    This looks so refreshing and so delicious!

  9. 07/02/2021 / 3:27 pm

    Oh this looks like a great snack it just screams summertime. The melons looks so refreshing!

  10. 07/02/2021 / 3:06 pm

    This looks so refreshing and a great healthy dessert for hot summers. Thanks for sharing

  11. 07/02/2021 / 2:18 pm

    You are making me hungry and craving a fruit salad right about now. Summer is one of the best times of the year to enjoy fruit salads on a daily basis. My girls love fruit salads.

  12. Kimmy
    07/02/2021 / 12:34 pm

    This looks so yummy!

  13. Alita Pacio
    07/02/2021 / 11:39 am

    This recipe is perfect for summer. Fruits are expensive here but I’d like to try this at least once

  14. 07/02/2021 / 4:00 am

    I love the combination of lime and honey for the dressing. Honey always goes well with fruits, in my opinion.

  15. 07/02/2021 / 1:59 am

    We eat fruit salad on a pretty regular basis. My whole family loves it.

  16. 07/01/2021 / 11:27 pm

    Never thought of using honey before. I will now! Thanks for the recipe!

  17. Kisha
    07/01/2021 / 5:56 pm

    This recipe sounds so good. I have never used honey in fruit salad before but I will try it out.

  18. 07/01/2021 / 4:29 pm

    I have never tried a summer salad yet but now with this recipe, it’s definitely something I would have to make also. It looks amazing!

  19. 07/01/2021 / 12:37 pm

    I love your Best Summer Fruit Salad! It looks so yummy! I hope I can make it soon.

  20. Rosey
    07/01/2021 / 3:19 am

    Watermelon really does add a nice crunch to the salad. I love to have these in the summer, on the back porch just as the sun is going down. Fruit salad is a nice evening treat for me. My dessert if youwill.

  21. 06/30/2021 / 8:58 pm

    This is the perfect snack for summer! So yummy and colorful.

  22. 06/30/2021 / 7:57 pm

    Love this! There is nothing as delicious as eating a bowl of fresh seasonal fruits. I do make a fruit salad with whatever fruits I have available…though berries, always!

  23. 06/30/2021 / 5:03 pm

    I love fruit salad. I always have several fruits in the fridge ready to consume. Now, I am loving the sauce you make here. Thanks for sharing.

  24. 06/30/2021 / 4:32 pm

    We do fruit salad differently here in the Philippines — the fruits are swimming in all-purpose cream. I like this version though because it looks refreshing.

    • 06/30/2021 / 5:00 pm

      This salad looks delicious, especially with the melon and watermelon. I’d probably add cheese to complete this recipe, but that’s just me.

    06/30/2021 / 3:59 pm

    This sounds like such a lovely mix of fruits. I do love fruit salad, it’s so yummy and healthy too.

  26. 06/30/2021 / 12:41 pm

    This looks so delicious! Fruit salad is one of my favorite things.

  27. 06/30/2021 / 12:33 pm

    This recipe looks A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I’m definitely going to have to try making it myself sometime this week.

  28. Ben
    06/30/2021 / 12:05 pm

    That is a great recipe. I love the simplicity of it. Light, naturally sweet treats like this are my favorite.

  29. Catalina
    06/30/2021 / 11:52 am

    Fruit salad is one of our favorite desserts! I love all these colors and flavors all together!

  30. 06/30/2021 / 11:42 am

    Oh my that looks so fresh and yummy! I do love a good fruit salad …it’s the true taste of summer!

  31. Rose Ann Sales
    06/30/2021 / 5:57 am

    So refreshing!! I can’t wait to try this salad. Thanks!

  32. Scarlett Brooklyn
    06/30/2021 / 4:30 am

    These fruits are one of the reasons why I love summer.

  33. Richelle Escat
    06/30/2021 / 3:35 am

    I love all these fruits, they are all so refreshing especially melon!

  34. 06/30/2021 / 1:33 am

    I always love summer fruit when it comes out especially berries. I will use your dressing on afruit salad of my own when I get the fruit.

  35. Kathy
    06/30/2021 / 1:04 am

    I love making fresh fruit salads. My family really enjoys fruit. This looks so amazing.

  36. 06/29/2021 / 11:44 pm

    This looks just lovely! Pineapple is my favorite – always!

  37. 06/29/2021 / 11:01 pm

    The lime and honey sound delicious for a fruit salad. I love making fruit salad for summer snacks for the kids to eat.

  38. 06/29/2021 / 10:32 pm

    Simple and so bursting with flavor! Any time, I’d adore it.

  39. Amber Myers
    06/29/2021 / 10:03 pm

    Oh yes, this looks incredible! I need to make this. We love fruit salad during the summer.

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