Honey Lime Fruit Salad is the easiest and most gorgeous fruit salad recipe you can make. The dressing adds just the right amount of tart and sweet.
I can't think of a better recipe to bring to a summer potluck.
Why this recipe works:
Fruit salad recipes can definitely range from just okay to amazing, and this recipe is unbelievably delicious.
- This is a colorful, fresh fruit salad that is lightly dressed with a sweet and tangy dressing.
- All of the flavors compliment one another.
- It's all about the dressing! My fruit salad dressing is simply a combination of lime juice, lime zest, honey (raw and local if you can find it), and fresh mint.
How to make this recipe:
The process couldn't be easier.
- First step is to whisk together the dressing.
- Next step is to cut up all the fruit and toss it together in a large bowl.
- Just before serving, add the dressing and toss to combine.
- For best results, cut the fruit into pieces that are similar in size.
- Firm fresh fruit works better than overly ripe fruit.
- I will whisk the dressing long enough to completely dissolve the honey. The real trick, however, is to really mash up the zest and mint to let all that flavor and essence out while it soaks. The flavors are subtle and fantastic.
- The main thing to keep in mind when deciding on which fruit to use in a fruit salad are the colors and if the flavors will go well together.
- I always use some kind of red berry, and strawberries or raspberries are my favorite.
- A splash of green is always appealing and you can't get better color or flavor than a perfectly ripe kiwi.
- For that splash of orange, my preference is fresh mango but you can always add orange segments.
- Banana adds a nice neutral light color to the mix.
- Deep, dark blueberries are the perfect final addition to this fruit salad. Black berries are fantastic as well.
Make ahead directions:
Honestly, I really think fruit salad is best on the same day that you make it. Almost all fruit oxidizes as soon as it is cut. If you want the firmest, freshest, most vibrant fruit possible, you'll need to serve this fresh fruit salad almost immediately.
Understandably, sometimes we need to make recipes like this ahead of time, so I'll tell you what I do.
Tips and tricks to make the very best fruit salad ahead of time:
- If you wash your fruit, allow it to air dry on a kitchen towel. Any additional moisture in the fruit salad will cause the fruit to get soggy faster.
- If you can avoid cutting fruit like strawberries, they'll hold up better if they remain whole.
- Use fruit that is barely ripe. For example, find firm bananas that are even slightly green versus bananas with brown spots. This will help them hold their shape and texture longer.
- Don't add the dressing until you are ready to serve your fruit salad. Remember: moisture = soggy.
Honey Lime Fruit Salad
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 2 tablespoons lime juice (from two limes)
- 1 teaspoon lime zest (from one lime)
- 6 mint leaves (sliced into thin strips)
- 1 pint strawberries (stem removed and halved or quartered)
- 2 champagne mangoes (peeled and cut into small chunks)
- 4 kiwi (peel and sliced into small chunks)
- 2 bananas (peeled and sliced, slightly underripe is best)
- 1 pound blueberries (about 3 1/2 cups)
To make the dressing:
- Combine honey, lime juice, zest and mint in a small bowl. Whisk to combine and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes.
To prepare fruit salad:
- Combine all fruit in large bowl. Just before serving, cover with dressing and toss to combine.
- Add entire fruit salad to serving dish and serve immediately.
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