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Honey Lime Fruit Salad

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Juicy, peak of the season fruit is tossed with honey, fresh lime juice, zest, and poppy seeds for this magnificent Honey Lime Fruit Salad! Super easy to make and perfect for picnics and potlucks. You’ll always bring home an empty bowl.

I’m always looking for some healthy fare at summer parties to balance out the yummy potato and pasta salads and juicy burgers. A seasonal fruit salad always gets rave reviews!

Overhead view of honey lime fruit salad in a white ceramic bowl on a red and white pattern napkin

Honey Lime Fruit Salad

It’s hot, it’s humid, it’s sultry. Who feels like eating after chasing the puppy (though she is darned cute) through the yard as she chomps on every hosta leaf she can get her teeth into? Not me.

So having a light, sweet melange of dressed fruit in the fridge is the perfect remedy when those hunger pangs return. I selected some fresh berries, grapes, melon, peaches, cherries, and more, then tossed them in a sweet citrus salad dressing speckled with poppy seeds.

Close up view Honey Lime Fruit Salad in a white bowl

Tips for Making this Honey Lime Fruit Salad

I would definitely gravitate to this rainbow-colored seasonal fruit salad at any gathering. This salad is perfect for picnics and barbecues in the summer, but just as splendid with fall and winter fruits when the weather changes. Here are some tips for how to make a fruit salad:

  • PRO-Tip: the acidity of the lime juice prevents the fruits like peaches and bananas from browning. But it’s best practice towait to add those ingredients until closer to the serving time for the freshest appearance.
  • I’d recommend at least three different colored fruit as a minimum; any of your favorites will do. Colorful dishes are always more appealing. Note that this  recipe easily scales down for a  family meal.
  • Leftovers are great for breakfast, and this combination of summer fruit makes a healthy dessert, too!
  • Make sure to cut your fruit into bite sized pieces, especially if there are children at the gathering.
  • Wondering whether you can make this fruit salad ahead of time? YES, you can do most of the work the day before you plan to serve it!
  • Add all the fruit to the bowl, except the bananas and peaches which will brown or oxidize when exposed to the air. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
  • Make the salad dressing, cover with plastic wrap. Then all you have to do the next day is slice some bananas and peaches (or any fruit that will brown if sliced early) into the bowl, add the dressing and gently toss.

Looking for more spectacular salads? Check out my Tasty Salads Pinterest Board. And for holidays,  my Holiday Fruit Salad or Ambrosia Salad are killer!! You might also like this Damn Good Fruit Salad or this Sugared Walnut Fruit Salad. Plus find more terrific Salad Recipes in my Recipe Index.

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Honey Lime Fruit Salad | Scrumptious fresh fruit dressed with honey, lime juice, vanilla and poppy seeds

Honey Lime Fruit Salad

A simple sweet, citrus salad dressing that's perfect for fruit.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 12 servings


  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 10 cups mixed fresh fruit, cut to bite-sized pieces


  1. Whisk together lime juice, honey, zest, vanilla and poppy seeds.
  2. Place fresh fruit in a large serving bowl. Pour dressing over fruit and toss gently.
  3. Serve chilled or at room temperature.


Recipe adapted from The Gathering Place B&B.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 152Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 3gSugar: 31gProtein: 1g


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38 comments on “Honey Lime Fruit Salad”

  1. I would love this beautiful bowl anytime! It sounds and looks wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I have tried similar salad before. It is definitely a great dessert for summer!

  3. This is like a dessert for the lunch!

  4. That’s a bowl of summer and I’d like a huge bite of it please. and summer too.

  5. Hmmm…fruit salad. Poppy seeds are unusual.

  6. Dear Lizzy, what a beautiful summer salad. I love the sound of the dressing. Perfect to cool down with. xo, Catherine

  7. I adore a fruit salad any time of year, but in the summer it’s especially wonderful. Your colours are gorgeous and that lime must pack a punch, just enough astringency. Lovely as usual.

  8. This is the best dessert or treat for any time of day. Your fruit salad looks and sounds delicious, Liz!

  9. Aaaw, your puppy is so adorable ๐Ÿ™‚ Love how gorgeous and colorful this salad is, Liz! Fruit salad is the best healthy summer dessert

  10. I need to make some of this salad very soon, we all love fruit and this one looks perfect. We also need to get a puppy as that sounds like way too much fun, chasing a puppy around and eating fruit afterward! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Hot here too, so we’ve been into salads (veggie and fruit) and cold soups in a major way. This looks terrific! Our kind of dish — thanks.

  12. Perfect sweet salad for to hot summer days, would puppy like the fruits too? Nice touch with poppy seeds.

  13. What a beautiful fruit salad. When the kids were young I used to have fruit everyday in the summer. That must change! It is so humid here. I hate it!

  14. Yep, you’d find me hanging around this bowl too-looks good:@)

  15. Oh, wow! This would event tempt me away from cake ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. This is a beautiful and delicious looking fruit salad. I love the combination of honey and lime. And poppy seeds make everything look prettier to me!

  17. Your puppy sounds like she’s keeping you on your toes. We still have our lodger and it’s been a month. He is so needy and has to be skin-to-skin with me 24/7. I think he’ll be picked up on Sunday (not that I’m counting the days!) You have so many beautiful fruits in this fruit salad with a rainbow of colours. This would be very refreshing on a hot day xx

  18. Classic Americana picnic fare! Although even if not picnicking, you may need to consume many bowls of the lovely fruit to keep up with your young charge =)

  19. This is the kind of salad that I could eat to every meal!

  20. Need this fix right now! Great mix!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  21. What a sublime fruit salad, just what I’m craving on this hot, hot July day!

  22. Liz, I can’t get enough fruit salad this summer!!! I love this and love the poppy seeds!!! what a great idea!

  23. so perfect for these mercury-bursting hot temperature days of summer, Liz. I agree, who wants to be turning on any appliance to add to the heat right now. Sorry I’m so far behind in commenting; it’s been a rough spring and summer. I never seem to be able to catch up! Thank you for your understanding and the beautiful card that you sent! I appreciate your thoughtfulness so much, Liz!

  24. What a colorful, refreshing-looking salad! Perfect for these hot days.

  25. What a great way to enjoy all of the fruit right now. Such a beautiful salad!

  26. I have been enjoying all the summer fruits. I have never thought of adding a sweet salad dressing to my fruit, it sounds yummy!

  27. Lizzy,
    We just had two beautiful days but it won’t last for long so this fruit salad would be welcome.

  28. There is nothing like a good fruit salad. Yummy fruit with all of the work done for you. All you have to do is enjoy!

  29. So refreshing and perfect for any summer day!

  30. Such a refreshing delicious fruit salad

  31. My crew absolutely devoured this salad! The poppy seeds add such great flavor and crunch!

  32. Fruit salad is my favorite kind of salad! This is delicious and perfect for those warm summer days!

  33. It’s been so hot all I want is fruit and this couldnt have come at a better time! thanks

  34. This was really amazing! And so easy to put up, too!

  35. This truly is the best side at any summer bbq!

  36. My favorite fruit salad!

  37. Absolutely love everything about this salad! It taste so good and refreshing!

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