7 Healthiest Fruit Salads

Apr 16, 2017

Fruit salad is a refreshing way to cool down in hot weather. It is also a healthier alternative to sweets. You can keep it in your refrigerator to portion out for work or for a snack, or you can make it for a picnic or backyard barbecue. If you need some healthy fruit salad recipes, I have got you covered with these.

1 Super Strawberry Salsa

Try a twist of fruity deliciousness with your chips or on fish tacos. Of course, it is downright delicious all on its own. You could even throw it on top of Greek yogurt. It is a unique way to make the best of strawberries and the warmer weather.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cup fresh chopped strawberries
  • 1/2 finely chopped red onion
  • 1 finely chopped jalapeño (remove seeds for less heat)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

Stir together ingredients in large bowl.

Allow to sit for 10 to 20 minutes so the flavors can infuse. Serve as you wish.

2 Fruit Salad Kabobs

This recipe is great for parties. Plus, you can infuse it with a little alcohol if you wish to create the perfect party treat. Either way, it is a welcome refresher for company. Anything in kabob-style is just more fun!

Ingredients:

  • 1 watermelon
  • 1 honeydew melon
  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 1 bottle vodka (optional)

Directions:

Slice the fruit into bite-size chunks. Alternatively, use a cookie cutter to make shapes.

If using vodka, put fruit in bowl with vodka until completely covered. Cover the bowl with foil and refrigerate a minimum of 2 hours.

Using vodka or not, once the fruit is ready, using toothpicks, skewer a piece of watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew onto each toothpick.

3 Goat Cheese and Cantaloupe Salad

Sweet and juicy cantaloupe is a naturally perfect pair with tangy goat cheese. The addition of mint adds a complex layer of flavor. This quick and easy summer salad makes for an ideal first course for any splendid meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small cantaloupe
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime
  • 1 tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 oz. fresh goat cheese
  • 2 tbsp. fresh mint leaves
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

Cut the flesh of the melon into 1/2-inch chunks. Place them on a large plate.

Drizzle the lime juice and olive oil on top.

Sprinkle with salt, then add goat cheese and mint leaves. Serve.

4 Minty Watermelon Salad

It is summery and colorful. Fleshy, juicy watermelon gets dressed up with a lime and mint dressing. Unique yet simple, it will impress guests or jazz up your dinner routine.

Ingredients:

  • 8 to 10 cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup mint chiffonade
  • ½ cup crumbled feta
  • Sea salt

Directions:

Toss all ingredients except for the feta in a large bowl.

Chill until a few minutes before serving.

Sprinkle with feta, then serve.

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5 Maui Wowie Fruit Salad

This fruity salad makes for a welcome dessert. While it is healthy, it is incredibly sweet. Perfect for satisfying those cravings without ruining your diet. Plus, you can use just about any fruit you have on hand if you do not have the fruit called for in the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1½ tbsp. raw organic honey
  • ¾ tsp. finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 6 cup bite-sized pieces fruit (blueberries, raspberries, pineapple, oranges, and bananas, or any other fruit you desire)

Directions:

Mix fresh lime juice, honey, and ginger in large bowl.

Add fruit to bowl. Toss to combine. If you are including bananas, you should serve this immediately to prevent them from turning brown.

6 Fruity Mojito Cocktail Salad

If you love sipping mojitos, then you will love this fruit salad. No alcohol is included in this recipe, but it has the same lovely notes you get from drinking a mojito. Brunch-perfect, this is one salad everyone will love.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1 lb. chopped strawberries
  • 6 oz. blueberries
  • 6 oz. raspberries
  • 1/4 cup packed mint, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

Directions:

In a large bowl, add watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and mint.

In a small bowl, stir together lime juice and sugar.

Pour mixture over fruit and gently toss.

Refrigerate for a minimum of 15 minutes before serving.

7 Orange Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

If you are looking for something a little different with your fruit salad, try this recipe. It includes an orange poppy seed syrup that unites the fruit in a whole new way. Stand out at the picnic with a special fruit salad that will disappear in minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 6 tangerines, peeled and separated into sections
  • 1 lb. grapes, halved
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cored apple, cut and sliced
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 4 tablespoons organic honey
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ fresh-squeezed juice from orange
  • ½ tsp. poppy seeds
  • Mint leaves for garnish

Directions:

Stir together the honey, lemon juice, orange juice, and poppy seeds until the honey completely dissolves.

Cut up the fruit in the order listed so the apples and bananas will brown if you do them first.

Pour the syrup over the fruit, then toss to coat evenly. Serve immediately.

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These healthy fruit salads prove that fruit salad does not need to be the same every time. Nor does it need to be slathered in creamy dressings to be a fruit salad. You can make these fruit salads or even your own creations by simply using the fresh fruit you have on hand and a little creativity.