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. This seasonal Summer 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

Why You Should Make this 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.

  • Having a light, sweet melange of dressed fruit in the fridge is the perfect remedy when you get hunger pangs.
  • The bonus is that this is healthy and absolutely delicious!
  • Select your favorite fruit which will vary depending on what’s in season. I chose some fresh berries, grapes, melon, peaches, cherries, and more, then tossed them in a sweet citrus salad dressing speckled with poppy seeds.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Make a Fruit Salad Better?

Use a variety of colors of seasonal fruit. Allow it to macerate in the fruit juices so all the flavors meld. Avoid fruit that browns like apples and bananas unless you add them right before serving. Cut the fruit into bite-sized pieces for easy eating.

What's the Best Way to Prevent Fruit from Browning?

Add those fruits right before serving. Make sure they’re covered with a citrus-based salad dressing as the acid in lemons, limes and even pineapple will help prevent browning. Note that pears, apples, bananas, and peaches are prone to oxidation.

A white bowl of colorful fresh fruit with poppyseet dressing on a red and white napkin

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 to wait 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. Grapes should be cut in half to minimize a choking hazard.
  • 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, and cover it 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, whisk and add the dressing, and gently toss.

More of the Best Salads

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.

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

Honey Lime Fruit Salad Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 12 servings

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


  • 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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