Looking for a refreshing and healthy way to cool off on a hot summer’s day? Try these quick and easy Healthy Summer Salads with Fruit - Perfect idea for a picnic, BBQ, brunch, or shower. Serve these fruity salads alongside our Green Chicken Kababs, Bacon Wrapped Sausage Stuffed Pork Tenderloin or our many other Summer Grilling and Chilling Recipes for a perfect summer dinner plan.
Not only are these fruity salads packed with nutrients, but they are refined sugar free - delicious clean eats. We’ve included helpful hacks on how to keep fruit fresher longer, a "Fruit Flavor Pairing Chart" and numerous fresh fruit salads recipes for all your summer gatherings.
- What’s to Love
- Grow Together – Stay Together
- The Basics!
- How to make a Fruit Salad Taste Better?
- Why does Fruit Turn Brown?
- How do you keep fruit from browning in a salad?
- What to Serve With?
- Try these Recipes
- Tomato = Vegetable or Fruit?
- Dressings and Vinaigrettes
- Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
- More Delicious Salads
What’s to Love
If you’ve been craving a bright and colorful fruit salad with a homemade zippy dressing, we have just what you’ve been looking for. Don’t worry! Theses healthy salads do NOT contain mayonnaise, ambrosia marshmallows, or whipped topping, (or any of those weird creamy questionable things) so they are less likely to spoil at a picnic.
Many of these salads can be made in advance allowing you extra time to fire up the grill and entertain your guests. Elegant fruit cocktails are always a crowd pleaser at a potluck and add a splash of color to your dining table. Let’s explore what fruit salad options might be best for your menu plan.
Grow Together – Stay Together
Did you know that things that grow together are delicious in a recipe together? It’s nature’s delicious and easy way of helping us with menu planning. That’s convenient, right?
If you walked through a farmer’s market right now, you’d find items that have been grown locally. These items may differ from state to state or country to country, but the concept remains the same.
What grows together – stays together!
Here is a very simple example… In mid-August, you might be able to find freshest tomatoes and basil in the Midwest. Caprese Salad on a Stick is extra delicious because the ingredients are in peak season and pair wonderfully together.
- There are no set rules for what can or can’t go in a fruit salad. However, paying attention to what grows together – stays together is an easy way to decide what to include.
- Choose the base for your healthy summer salad (leafy greens, grains, main fruits, or other vegetables).
- Add in your favorite seasonal fruits
- Select fresh herbs and spices
- Drizzle with your favorite light and bright sweet fruit salad dressing
- Try adding in fun textures like nuts, seeds, crispy tortillas, etc.
- Add in grilled protein of choice like grilled chicken, Marinated Grilled Flank Steaks, Grilled Halloumi Cheese, etc.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
How to make a Fruit Salad Taste Better?
- For a healthy fruit salad recipe, try these seasonal fruit, vegetable, spice, and herb combinations for a pop of flavor.
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- Drizzle on a zippy dressing or vinaigrette with orange, lemon, or other citrus fruits. The sweet and sour balance is key.
- Add some texture like toasted nuts, seeds, crunch tortilla strips and crispy lettuces.
Why does Fruit Turn Brown?
Excuse us while we get a little food science nerdy for a moment…
Do you remember this from science class? All fruits have enzymes that are release when they are cut and exposed to air. These enzymes start to break down the fruit. This process is known as oxidation or enzymatic browning.
Polyphenol Oxidase (enzyme) +O2 (oxygen) = Melanin (brown color /pigment)
I bet you wondering if it is safe to eat that apple you just cut up because it is starting to brown? Right? Of course, you can but it is not very aesthetically pleasing. Is it?
How do you keep fruit from browning in a salad?
Try these easy hacks!
- Chopped apples and pears will last longer if you place them in “salted water” overnight. This is a cheap method we learned whilst living in Japan making bento boxes. Just drain and rinse the apples or pears before putting them in a salad or a packed lunch box.
- Toss your fruit in a citrus juice like lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, or pomelo. The acid in citrus juice inactivates the enzyme, polyphenol oxidase, when it is exposed to air.
- Along those same lines, tossing cut fruit with acidic fruits like oranges, grapefruits or pineapples can also help prevent browning.
- Soak your fruit like apples and pear in a bath of 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 cup of water for just a minute or two before adding it to your summer salads.
What to Serve With?
Are you looking for some healthy dinner meal plan ideas? These healthy summer salads with fruits can be served as a main or as a side dish. Try these ideas!
Pork is always more delicious with something a little sweet on the side. Don’t you think? Thai Pork Basil Skewers are delicious with our zesty Prik Nam Pla Dipping sauce and a side of our Thai Shrimp Mango Salad.
Chicken gets a whole new flavorful profile with our Peking Style Beer Butt Chicken and Layered high Sesame Asian Salad.
Fish that tastes like steak always gets a thumbs up with our family. Grilled Swordfish with Crab Salsa is delicious with a fresh garden salad with a Lemon White Balsamic Vinaigrette.
Beef - Grilled Flank Steak with Thai Style Chimichurri complements the naturally sweet, tangy, sour and spicy Grilled Watermelon Salad.
Vegan options include a Super Easy Grilled Asian Eggplant with a hearty Easy Summer Millet Salad because tomatoes are a fruit too.
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Tomato = Vegetable or Fruit?
You are correct! Tomatoes are both a fruit and vegetable. I know, confusing, right?
From the botanical classification, tomatoes are fruits because it has seeds that grows from the ovary of a flowering plant.
On the other hand, from the culinary classification tomatoes are vegetables because of their flavor profile and the edible part of the plant is usually eaten as part of a meal.
Give these chopped fruit salads with tomatoes a try at your next barbeque.
Dressings and Vinaigrettes
What’s a salad without a fruity salad dressing? Right? It’s Just a boring fruit cocktail or cut up fruit. Make your summer salads with fruits come alive with these bright and zippy dressings.
Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
The best way to keep a fruit salad crisp is to keep it stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container with a lid. Choose whole fruits like blueberries and grapes. Pineapple also lasts a long time in the refrigerator without getting soggy. Melons, like watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew, tend to get soggy quicker than other fruits. Bananas should only be cut right before serving summer salads with fruit.
Fruit salads are best enjoyed in the first 24 hours prepared. However, if stored properly, they can last 3 to 5 days.
More Delicious Salads
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Wow. so many wonderful looking salads and dressings. I'll have to go back and check them all out. Right now I'm intrigued with the quinoa and fruit salad and the strawberry rose dressing... Can't wait to try them. Visiting from Gluten Free A-Z blog.
HWC Magazine says
Thank you Judee! Enjoy the summer fruits while they are in season- as the season seems so short. Our quinoa fruit salad is always a hit as a dish to pass, brunches, barbeques and picnics. Just saw your delicious mango mint dressing- that sounds fabulous.
I remember my mom putting fruit in lettuce salads and thinking it was so weird!! Now I can't think of anything better. Thanks for all the terrific inspiration!!!
HWC Magazine says
Oh no, we are turning into our moms... LOL. Actually that is good thing as Mom meals are always the best. Take Care
Heidi | The Frugal Girls says
What a fantastic list!! I love the idea to add fresh seasonal fruits to salad in the Summer! Your Grilled Shrimp Nectarine Summer Salad really has me drooling over here... it looks absolutely delicious!
HWC Magazine says
Thank you Heidi. We are so ready for the warmer summer weather and eating a bit lighter. Our grilled shrimp nectarine summer salad is always a hit with out family. Hope you give it a try soon
When my sisters and I were growing up, we'd think it was extremely odd when my mom would put fruit in green salads!! My, how my taste buds have matured! I love all these yummy salads.
HWC Magazine says
Thanks Liz. So glad both of our taste buds have matured because it has opened up a whole new delicious part of the culinary world that we did not even know existed. However, there is one childhood culinary woe that remains - cannot and will not touch a Brussel sprouts.(smiling)
Fresh produce is the best part of summer! Love all this delicious inspiration for healthy, refreshing combinations to enjoy the season to the fullest.
HWC Magazine says
It is the best part Hannah! We feel like a kid in a candy store at a Farmer's market with all the fresh seasonal produce. things that grow together really go together in a summer salad. Take Care
John / Kitchen Riffs says
Loving all these salads! And that flavor chart is terrific, and SO handy. Thanks!
HWC Magazine says
Thanks so much John. Feel free to grab that html code below the fruit salad pairing chart if you want to share and use the chart on your website with affiliation of course. Take Care
Lovely salads Bobbi! So many to choose from! Thanks for including mine 🙂