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Easy Fruit Salad

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This Fruit Salad recipe with sweetened mint is a refreshing and delicious addition to summer dining, garden parties, or any time you’re in the mood for an exceedingly delightful treat that is ready in minutes!

Side view of 3 glasses filled with Fruit Salad and garnished with fresh mint

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This fruit salad is your average side dish of mixed berries and fruit tossed together. It’s remarkably delicious, tastes like the heart of summer, and is one you’ll remember!

A bit like a mint julep, it’s a refreshing side that’s wonderful in the heat of summer and special enough to serve your favorite people.

Closeup view of minted fruit salad in glasses with fresh mint sprigs

When to Serve Fruit Salad

The obvious answer is anytime you’re craving in-season fruit of juicy berries, tangy melons, stone fruit, and more.

But it’s also perfect for a backyard BBQ, a garden party, afternoon tea in the garden, summer entertaining… or any other occasion where you need an easy dish to bring.

Entertaining secret– there are rarely leftovers! I think it’s the sweet minted simple syrup macerating the fruit, releasing its juices, creating a wonderfully delicious treat.

You can serve it immediately or let it chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes for optimum flavor.

This fruit salad recipe is bright, colorful, and incredibly delicious.

Top view of fruit salad with fresh mint in a glass bowl

How to Make Fruit Salad

You’ll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let’s go over the basics:

Salad Ingredients

Here are the ingredients you will need for this delicious and easy fruit salad recipe:

  • Sweet Mint Sauce: fresh mint leaves, lemon zest, granulated sugar, water, and vanilla extract
  • Fruit Salad: kiwi fruit, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries.

Ideas for Other Fruit to Add

This fruit salad is incredibly adaptable. Use your favorite fruit or what you can find in season or on hand. Here are some fruit ideas that are also delicious in a fruit salad:

  • Fresh pineapple
  • Seedless watermelon
  • Peach slices (or any stone fruit)
  • Berries of any kind
  • Orange or mandarine slices
  • Seedless grapes

How to Make a Fruit Salad

Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you make this easy salad:

1. Make the sweet mint sauce on the stove and let it cool.
2. Add fruit to a large bowl or individual serving glasses, then pour the syrup over the top.
3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. It’s at peak flavor if you have 30 minutes for the flavors to develop!

Can You Make Fruit Salad Ahead of Time?

Yes! This fruit salad is a great make-ahead recipe; the flavors only get more delicious as it chills. Make the dish the day before, then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve it.

This Fruit Salad recipe with sweetened mint is a refreshing and delicious addition to summer dining, garden parties, or any time you're in the mood for an exceedingly delightful treat that is ready in minutes!

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Side view of 3 glasses filled with Fruit Salad and garnished with fresh mint

Easy Fruit Salad

This Fruit Salad with mint dressing is refreshing and delicious for summer dining, garden parties, or when you need to bring a dish!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10 servings

Ingredients

Sweet Mint Syrup

  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Fruit Salad

  • 4 cups seedless watermelon chopped
  • 2 cups strawberries chopped
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup kiwi fruit sliced

Instructions

  • To a saucepan add mint leaves, sugar, lemon zest, and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves, and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in vanilla, and set aside to cool. Strain liquid through a fine-mesh strainer and set aside.
    fresh mint sauce simmering in a saucepan
  • In a large bowl, toss the berries and fruit together until combined. Pour 1/2 cup of the mint syrup over the fruit and gently toss. Serve immediately or chill for 30 minutes for the flavors to develop.
    Top view of fruit salad ingredients in a glass bowl
  • You can also serve in individual glasses topped with fresh mint sprigs for a fun presentation.

Notes

 
More Berry and Fruit Ideas: 
  • Fresh pineapple
  • Seedless watermelon
  • Peach slices (or any stone fruit)
  • Berries of any kind
  • Orange or mandarine slices
  • Seedless grapes

Nutrition

Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 206mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 653IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fruit Salad

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