Honey Lime Fruit Salad
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!
Why You Must Make
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.
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.
- PRO-Tip: You can prep most of this salad 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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Honey Lime Fruit Salad Recipe
A simple sweet, citrus salad dressing that's perfect for fruit.
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- ½ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
- 10 cups mixed fresh fruit, cut into bite-sized pieces
- Whisk together lime juice, honey, zest, vanilla, and poppy seeds.
- Place fresh fruit in a large serving bowl. Pour dressing over fruit and toss gently.
- Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Recipe adapted from The Gathering Place B&B.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 152Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 3gSugar: 31gProtein: 1g
40 Comments on “Honey Lime Fruit Salad”
Need this fix right now! Great mix!
Julie & Alesah
Gourmet Getaways xx
This is the kind of salad that I could eat to every meal!
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 =)
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
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!
Oh, wow! This would event tempt me away from cake 🙂
Yep, you’d find me hanging around this bowl too-looks good:@)
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!
Perfect sweet salad for to hot summer days, would puppy like the fruits too? Nice touch with poppy seeds.
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.
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! 🙂
Aaaw, your puppy is so adorable 🙂 Love how gorgeous and colorful this salad is, Liz! Fruit salad is the best healthy summer dessert
This is the best dessert or treat for any time of day. Your fruit salad looks and sounds delicious, Liz!
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.
Dear Lizzy, what a beautiful summer salad. I love the sound of the dressing. Perfect to cool down with. xo, Catherine
Hmmm…fruit salad. Poppy seeds are unusual.
That’s a bowl of summer and I’d like a huge bite of it please. and summer too.
This is like a dessert for the lunch!
I have tried similar salad before. It is definitely a great dessert for summer!
I would love this beautiful bowl anytime! It sounds and looks wonderful 🙂