Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Mint Dressing

Refreshing, hydrating, beyond tasty and naturally gluten-free, this fresh fruit salad is a perfect summer side dish or healthy dessert. It is easy to make, colorful, bursting with juicy seasonal fruit, and the bright with Honey Lime Mint Dressing takes it to the next level... a welcome add to any cookout, picnic or beach day!

Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Mint Dressing gluten-free healthy dessert summer side
Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Mint Dressing

A Refreshing + Crowd-pleasing Naturally Gluten-Free Dessert!

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This Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Mint Dressing is a perfect side dish or dessert all spring and summer long!

It is refreshing, hydrating, beyond tasty with all the seasonal fruit, and the 3 ingredient Honey Lime Mint dressing takes it to the next level!

And… it is naturally gluten-free!

It can be served as a side dish or as a healthy dessert for barbecues, picnics, a beach day, afternoon snack … basically anytime!

Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Mint Dressing gluten-free healthy dessert summer side

 What you will love about this Fruit Salad

*It will be a most requested side dish or dessert all summer long!

*Refreshing, hydrating and beyond delicious, especially on hot days!

*The rainbow of colors and fresh seasonal fruit is both beautiful and inviting.

*A fresh and bright Honey Lime Mint dressing compliments the fruit and takes it to the next level!

*Versatile! A fresh fruit salad is perfect for cookouts, picnics, beach days, a simple weekday dessert, afternoon snack … basically anytime!

*Adaptable! You can switch up the fruit and use what’s fresh, seasonal and ripe.

* Easy to make! No baking involved!

Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Mint Dressing gluten-free healthy dessert summer side

 

How to Make Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Mint Dressing

Making a fruit salad could not be easier! All you do is:

  1. Clean and cut the fruit.
  2. Make the dressing.
  3. Mix it all together!

While you can use any combination of fruit you love (some tips on choosing your fruit below), here is the fruit we used to make this salad:

Strawberries (look for firm, bright red berries!)

Watermelon (You can purchase quartered melon or a small melon at the grocery store)

Cantaloupe (look for melon that is firm, with a slight push back on the ends, and if you smell the ends it will smell sweet — there are many YouTube videos with more details but this is what we look for)

Pineapple (You can purchase pre-cut chunks in many grocery stores. If purchasing a full pineapple, it should have a sweet pineapple smell on its end or give it a few days to ripen)

Honeydew (look for melon that is firm, with a slight push back on the ends, and if you smell the ends it will smell sweet — there are many YouTube videos with more details but this is what we look for)

Blueberries (ideally firm ones)

Purple Grapes (squeeze a few through the bag and look for firm ones)

Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Mint Dressing gluten-free healthy dessert summer side

And here are the ingredients you will need to make the Honey Lime Mint Dressing:

The dressing adds the best fresh and bright flavor to the salad!

It is simply 3 ingredients:

fresh lime juice

honey (or maple syrup)

fresh mint

All you do is mix the ingredients together until the honey is dissolved.

It is super simple, and we love the bright and tangy taste of the lime, combined with just the right amount of honey for a little sweetness and the minced mint adds a wonderful fresh flavor.

You could add more honey for a slightly sweeter dressing.

Tips for choosing fruit and preparing your fruit salad:

Here are some simple tips which will make your fruit salad particularly tasty!

*Use fresh, not frozen, fruit. Frozen fruit hold too much water content and gets mushy.

*We prefer to use “hearty” fruit and by that I mean fruit that holds its form and does not break apart when mixed together. So while we love raspberries, I did not use them here because the ones in store were particularly soft looking, and they are more prone to breaking apart. Similarly, we steer clear of fruits like bananas which can get mushy when mixed with other fruits or sitting a while. Some additional fruits we love to use are fresh mandarins or tangerines, green grapes, kiwi if not too soft, mango and blackberries if they seem firm.

*Think about color! We opted for a rainbow of fruit but you do not need to use every color in the rainbow as we did here to make a pretty salad.

*Use ripe fruit. The naturally sweeter and firmer your fruit, the tastier the salad will be.  The ripeness of fruit may dictate which fruit you use. Some fruits like strawberries, blueberries and grapes can be purchased and immediately used in a fruit salad. Other fruits, like pineapple, may need a day or two to ripen so plan ahead if wanting to use pineapple as we did here.

*Dry any fruit you wash before tossing together…. lots of fruit will naturally release water so you want to minimize additional water if you can.

*Best when cut and served within 4 hours but you can make ahead: to cut and clean your fruit a day ahead, we recommend storing it in the refrigerator in separate containers and assembling the same day you serve it.

*Toss with dressing as close a possible to serving so that the salad does not get too watery at the bottom of the bowl.  Start with about half of the dressing and add more to taste if you are concerned about too much liquid.

Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Mint Dressing gluten-free healthy dessert summer side

Leftovers

While fruit salad tastes best day of, any extra can be stored in the refrigerator.

And if you are not a fan of leftover fruit salad, try using some to make smoothies!

For another fruit based dessert try our:

How to Make Rainbow Fruit Kebabs

For More Summer Salads, try our:

Caprese Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Mexican Chopped Salad with Cilantro Honey Lime Vinaigrette

Greek Chickpea Salad

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Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Mint Dressing

Refreshing, hydrating, beyond tasty and naturally gluten-free, this fresh fruit salad is a perfect summer side dish or healthy dessert. It is easy to make, colorful, bursting with juicy seasonal fruit, and the bright with Honey Lime Mint Dressing takes it to the next level... a welcome add to any cookout, picnic or beach day!
Prep Time30 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Salads, Summer Recipes
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Dairy-Free
Keyword: Spring/ summer salad recipe, fresh fruit salad, fruit salad with honey lime mint dressing, healthy summer dessert, summer fruit salad, naturally gluten-free dessert, naturally gluten-free summer side, refreshing summer salad, easy summer salad
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family

Ingredients

Fruit Salad

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 2 cups watermelon, cubed approximately 1/2 a small round watermelon
  • 2 cups cantaloupe, cubed approximately 1/2 a canteloupe
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple, cubed approximately 1/2 a pineapple
  • 2 cups honeydew, cubed approximately 1/2 a honeydew
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cup grapes

Honey Lime Mint Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey up to 3 tablespoons for a sweeter dressing.
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint leaves

Instructions

  • Make the dressing: Whisk together ingredients until well combined and honey is dissolved. Set aside.
  • Clean and prepare fruit, then add cut fruit to a large bowl.
  • Drizzle with cut fruit with dressing*, toss and serve! *Use only a portion of the dressing for less juicy mixture or more natural fruit flavor.

Notes

Tips for the Best Fruit Salad
*Use fresh, not frozen fruit.
*You can use a different mix of fruit but when choosing your fruit think about color, and look for fruit that will hold its form and not get mushy when mixed together. Some swaps might include: fresh mandarins or tangerines, green grapes, firm kiwi, mango.
*Use ripe, firm fruit for the best  flavor and texture.
*Dry any fruit you wash to minimize any excess water.
*Cut the fruit in similar bite-size pieces, and do not cut the pieces too small.
*Best served day of preparing. If you want to prepare ahead of time, clean and cut the fruit, then store in separate containers and assemble before serving.
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