The Kids Cook Monday: Easy Fruit Salad with Yogurt Dressing

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Kids Love to Eat Fruit Salad!

Like most moms, I struggle to get my kids to eat enough fruits and vegetables. Often times, they get stuck in a rut, eating the same selection day after day (e.g. bananas), with not enough variety in their diet.

Fortunately, fruit salad is easy to make, your kids can help in the kitchen, and they'll love the delicious mix of flavors and textures. This recipe includes a light yogurt-based dressing, but you can just as easily leave off the dressing and enjoy fresh fruit mixed together. The dressing makes the salad just a bit "fancier," but trust me - its hardly any additional effort!

Children ages 3 and older can help prepare the fruit salad recipe. Have them help take grapes off the stems, peel bananas, or remove stems from strawberries.

With supervision, children over the age of 8 can help chop melon or apples. When you involve your family in meal preparation, everyone enjoys pitching in.

Fruit salad is a great dish to bring to barbecues or other social gatherings. During summer months, when fresh fruit is in season, be sure to shop at your local farmer's market!

Easy fruit salad with yogurt dressing
Easy fruit salad with yogurt dressing | Source

Prep Time for Easy Fruit Salad with Yogurt Dressing

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 15 min
  • Yields: 8-10 servings

Ingredients for Fruit Salad with Yogurt Dressing

  • 1 cup bananas, chopped
  • 1 cup green or red seedless grapes
  • 1 cup seedless watermelon, chopped
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1 cup blueberries or strawberries
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped (if desired)
Fruit salad without the yogurt dressing
Fruit salad without the yogurt dressing | Source

Instructions for Fruit Salad with Yogurt Dressing

  1. Wash, drain and then chop up the desired fruit for the salad (see additional ingredient suggestions below). Place in a large bowl and set aside
  2. In a small bowl, combine plain yogurt, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice. Add chopped walnuts if desired. Stir together to make the dressing
  3. Pour yogurt dressing over fruit salad, stir to combine
  4. Enjoy immediately!

Another Fruit Salad Recipe with Yogurt Dressing

Make Fruit Salad With Your Own Ingredient Choices

Fruit salad can be made with any of your favorite fresh fruits. I usually try to use at least 5 different fruits when I make this recipe.

Instead of watermelon, use Cantaloupe or Honeydew melon. Try fresh, seasonal berries such as raspberries, blackberries, or boysenberries. Swap out chopped apples with pears. Citrus is a nice addition: try adding peeled orange or grapefruit sections. Tropical fruit is delicious, too. We love mango, papaya and pineapple for a more exotic "islands" meal.

We have also experimented with the yogurt dressing, adding 1 tablespoon of honey instead of the brown sugar and including 1/4 cup of shredded dried coconut. Although my kids do not like the recipe when it includes chopped walnuts, adults usually prefer the added crunch to the fruit salad.

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Fruit Salad is a Perfect Accompaniment to Summer Meals

We make this fruit salad at least once a week during summer months. It is a great side dish for turkey burgers, grilled chicken, or even on its own for breakfast!

Leftovers keep well for 1-2 days covered in the refrigerator.

Instead of heavier potato or macaroni salad, this easy fruit salad with yogurt dressing is a healthier side dish with just enough creaminess. Stir it up and bring it along to your next family gathering, sports event, potluck or barbeque.

Try this Creamy Fruit Salad Recipe

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kelleyward 4 years ago

Yum!! I love Greek yogurt and so do my boys! I'll try this soon. Thanks Steph! Kelley


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Kelley! My kids devoured this again last night. They love fruit salad and I am so happy that they are eating something healthy. ;-) Best, Steph


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k2jade31 4 years ago from Idaho

Great hub, this looks really yummy- shared on Face Book.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thank you K2jade! The yogurt dressing makes it just a little bit more special. Cheers, Steph


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

Yummy! Fresh fruits and creamy yogurt dressing? This just can't go wrong!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Om! My kids totally agree. :-) Best, Steph


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Laci Ledbetter 4 years ago from Fayetteville, Arkansas

I am liking this "kids cook Monday" idea!


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amy jane 4 years ago from Connecticut

Love the Kids Cook Monday concept! I need all the help I can get with this...off to browse your other recipes. :)


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks you guys! Enjoy! Steph


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

I love fruit salad, especially this time of the year when I add in-season summer fruits. I always try to add a fruit like kiwi, orange, pineapple or watermelon to give the salad a little juice, but I like your idea to add a yogurt dressing. I will definitely have to give this a try.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Kristin! Pineapple is one of my favorite additions for fruit salad, and seasonal fruit is great this time of year. Best, Steph


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anglnwu 4 years ago

Combining fruits with yogurt is a winning combination. I love the colors too. Thanks for sharing.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks! Yogurt (especially Greek yogurt) adds protein to a fresh fruit salad. Best, Steph


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

I like best that kids learn more about meal preparation when they help with this fruit salad recipe, that it is a fruit salad because fruit salads are fabulous foods and that it is quick, easy and versatile. Can one sentence count as one "what I like best?" :)


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

LOL - it certainly does count. And thanks - awesome comment. Cheers, Steph


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This is the perfect time to try this recipe with all the fresh fruit available in markets. Your yogurt dressing is a new idea for me, will have to try it later.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thank you so much! I love that its the farmer's market season. We made fruit salad again tonight and I asked my kids if they wanted dressing or not. The vote was overwhelming in favor of yogurt dressing! All the best, Steph


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Yummy! I love fruit salad of all sorts especially with yogurt dressing. Thanks for SHARING.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thank you Thelma! Enjoy the fruits of summer. Best, Steph


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Steph,

One of our favorite ways to start the day is fresh fruit mixed with some yogurt and a few slivered almonds or other nuts sprinkled on top. So this hub of yours gets a 5 star rating and voted useful and up. Fruit salad such as you have written about is good anytime of the day! Sharing!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks so much Peggy! Personally, I am a big fan of including walnuts or slivered almonds in a fruit salad. My kids don't like it as much (yet), but we will see how their tastes develop over time. Appreciate the vote and comment, Steph


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Yummy, Steph! Why wouldn't any kid not like this fruit recipe? Great one. You have a lot of excellent Kids Cook Monday recipes. Many votes. You do an awesome job, as always!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks - so appreciate your comment and votes, Victoria! All the best, Steph


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maheshpatwal 4 years ago from MUMBAI

Stephhicks wow the fruit salad looks so delicious and mouth watering.. Yogurt (flavored curd ) is very good for digestion and increasing your immunity power. Apart from that it will add delicious tangy taste to the fruit salad. Lovely hub...


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I make fruit salad at this time of year but have never made it with a yogurt dressing. Will have to try this as it sounds and looks really good.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks! Yes, yogurt is a great, healthy addition to fruit salad. Hoe you enjoy it! Best, Steph


stessily 4 years ago

Steph, Such a colorful, easy recipe for one and all, and especially for kids. The allure of this recipe is that it definitely does not take much effort to produce such beautiful, healthy results. I agree that this salad goes well with turkey burgers!

Appreciatively, Stessily


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Stessily! Ever since we added yogurt dressing to our fruit salad recipe, the kids don't want to eat it "plain" any longer! It is super easy and healthy, as well. Thanks for the comment - best to you, Steph


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sallybea 3 years ago from Norfolk

stephhicks68 Such a great idea and so simple for the kids to do. Children really do learn about healthy eating if you allow them to help with the preparation of nutritious food. Love your Monday Cooking series. Thanks for sharing.


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stephhicks68 3 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Sally - thank you! We were just walking through the grocery store yesterday and my son asked me to buy some melons so we could make the fruit salad. This was a great opportunity to discuss seasons of fruits and vegetables and why we tend to eat what we do at certain times of the year. Best, Steph

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