The Best Fresh Summer Fruit Salad

The Best Fresh Summer Fruit Salad

Summer is in full force and so is my local farmer’s market.  Is there anything better than fresh fruit?  Nope.

If you said yes, you’re wrong.

Along with amazing local fruit for sale, there are also tons of barbecue’s I have been invited to in the coming weeks.  You know, the kind where you have to bring a dish and everyone is obligated to tell you it’s amazing even though there are 43 other potato salads on the table.

Well lucky for them, I decided to ditch the mayonnaise based salads and opt for a more summery alternative.  And this one won’t give anyone listeria if it’s left out too long.  Win, win.

For years I thought fruit salad was just a bunch of fruit mixed together.  You too, right?  Well apparently you can add dressing!  And not the fruit-dip yogurt dressing that comes in those trays.  I’m talking real, delicious, syrupy dressing that you make yourself.  Now my Mennonite grown fruit tastes even better!  And that Mennonite fruit is hard to beat… I think because they grow it with lots of shame and self-depreciation.

You thinks it’s because they grow it with love?  Wrong again.

Seriously though, this sh*t is delicious.  I’ve even gone as far to give up my nightly popsicle- which I do not give up easily- for this stuff.

The big critics, aka the kids and husband, like it too.  They won’t give up their popsicles though.  Oh well, more for me.

This probably goes without being said, please use whatever kind of fruits you want in this.  I use whatever I have on hand and the recipe below is just what I happened to pick up from the bonnet heads this week.

Bonnet heads is only offensive if they actually know I wrote it… which they never will.  Right, tattle tales?

Eat your daily fruits and enjoy!


Colbie Browne

My name is Colbie, I am 24 years old, and my life is a mess. Between two kids, work, a house, and college, I can barely keep up. And now, it’s all about being super mom… aka the one who is best dressed with the best crafts and best bake sale items. Forget the best dressed part, I normally don’t brush my teeth before running these ragamuffins around. However, on that other stuff, I kick ass. Most everything is homemade, gluten/nut free (because I was blessed with a bubble boy), and easy enough that you can do without wanting to pull a Sylvia Plath. Don’t worry, we can pull off this act together.

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Prep Time: minutes Total Time: minutes

Serves: 8

Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 cups cubed watermelon
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 large peaches, cubed
  • 2 large nectarines, cubed
  • 2 bartlett pears, cubed
  • 1 cup red grapes, halved
  • fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, minced
  • 1/2 lime zested
  • 2 tablespoon honey

Recipe Instructions

  1. Combine fruit in large mixing bowl
  2. In separate small bowl, whisk lime juice, mint, lime zest, and honey together
  3. Drizzle dressing over fruit and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving


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