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Refreshing Fruit Salad Recipes

Updated on January 25, 2015
Kids love their fruit salad served like this.
Kids love their fruit salad served like this. | Source

What are the benefits of eating fruit salad?

Fresh fruit salad is one of those things you can eat as a side dish or a dessert. It's the perfect side dish to help satisfy your sweet tooth. Even better, it's good for you. How? Just keep reading and you'll find out.

  • Promotes hearth health

One of the wonderful things that fresh fruit salad can do for you is lower your risk for heart disease. Many of the fruits contain cholesterol lowering components, dietary fiber, and lignans (these contain estrogen-like chemicals and acts like antioxidants).

  • Powerful Antioxidants

Fruits and vegetables are high is cancer fighting antioxidants.

  • Helps memory

Fresh fruit is ultimate brain food. It has a positive effect on our brain and helps use remember things faster.

  • Fiber/Weight Loss

By eating fresh fruit salad instead of those sweet, high calories desserts, you can lose weight or help maintain your weight. An average size fruit salad contains between 80 to 100 calories and the fiber in the fruit helps to fill you up.

  • Cholesterol

Fruit salad is 100% bad cholesterol free.

  • Improve Nutrient Intake

Eating fresh fruit can also helps lower blood pressure and helps you maintain a healthy blood pressure level. It also contains several necessary nutrients.

  • Low in Sodium

A fresh fruit salad is the perfect dish for those who are on a sodium restricted diet. The sodium level is very low.

Fruit and Vegetable Salad

Ingredients:

1 bag of lettuce greens

1/2 pound fresh strawberries, sliced

1/2 pound fresh blueberries

1 mango, peeled, seeded, and cut into strips

1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

1 cucumber, thinly sliced

1/2 cup raisins

1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds

1/4 cup chopped red onion

4 slices bacon

Directions:

Toss the lettuce, strawberries, blueberries, mango, tomatoes, cucumber, raisins, almonds, and onions together in a salad bowl.

Cover, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to mingle.

Cook bacon in a skillet until crisp and evenly browned.

Crumble bacon and sprinkle over the salad.

This salad is delicious when served with a raspberry vinegrette.

Cranberry Broccoli Salad

Ingredients:

1/2 cup canola oil

3 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup dried cranberries

3 large red apples, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

2 cups fresh broccoli florets

1 cup chopped cucumber

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

In a bowl, whisk the oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, sugar and salt.

Add cranberries and let stand for 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, toss apples with remaining lemon juice.

Add the broccoli, walnuts and cranberry mixture and toss to coat evenly.

Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Toss before serving.

Very Berry Salad

Ingredients:

1 bag mixed salad greens

1/2 pound fresh strawberries, sliced

1/2 pound fresh blueberries

1 mango, peeled, seeded, and cut into thin slices

1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

2 stalks celery, thinly sliced

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds

1/4 cup chopped red onion

4 slices bacon

Directions:

Mix lettuce, strawberries, blueberries, mango, tomatoes, raisins, almonds, and onions together in a salad bowl.

Cover, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to mingle.

Do not refrigerate more than 4 hours.

ook over medium-high heat, until crisp and evenly browned.

Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate.

Crumble and sprinkle over the salad to serve.

Note: This salad is terrific topped with a Raspberry Vinegrette.

Serve with crusty French bread.

Fruit Salad

Ingredients:

•3/4 cup chopped walnuts

•1/3 cup sour cream

•1/3 cup fresh orange juice

•2 tbsp mayonnaise ( I use Hellmann's)

•3 nectarines, chopped

•3 apricots, chopped

•3 cups chopped strawberries

Directions:

To make the dressing, whisk the sour cream, juice, and mayonnaise together in a large bowl.

Combine the fruits with the dressing and refrigerate for an hour.

When serving, sprinkle with chopped walnuts and enjoy.

This makes a great, healthy snack or dessert.

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      Efficient Admin 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      These sound really healthy and different because the combination of sweet and salty i.e. the bacon would add a bit of crunch and salty to them. Better than eating bacon cheeseburgers all the time for sure LOL! Which reminds me I must go now and prepare some new recipes for the coming week. Thanks for sharing, voted up.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I love the fruit salad in the ice cream cones. I'll bet those would really appeal to kids. Thanks for sharing!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for sharing you different recipes of fruit salad!

      I always start my day with a big bowl of fruits :-)

      Your fruit and vegetable salad sounds quite intriguing. I prepare sometime a lettuce salad with tomatoes and cucumber and slices of oranges.

      I love the pretty presentation in the ice cream cones... very cute!

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      Imogen French 3 years ago from Southwest England

      Fruit salads always look so appetising, don't they. I like the idea of incorporating fruit into main course salads, too - you have some interesting combinations here. I really should do more of this :)

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Efficient Admin, I tried to offer some different recipes. Actually they are sweet and salty.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I am a solid believer in fruit. Today i have eaten an orange, apple and a banana. Your salads look tasty. I will be glad when watermelons arrive. Thank's for sharing....

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      rebeccamealey, I wish I was the one who thought of it. It is a really good idea.

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      Tirralan Watkins 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      KoffeeKlatch Gals, these look great. My kids will love the ice cream cone fruit version!

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Healthy and delicious recipes. I love fruit salads, thank you for sharing these recipes. Great hub.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      I never thought of putting a salad in a ice cream cone. When our son was little I use to put cheese in an ice cream cone just to get him to eat. Your salads sound great. voted up.

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      LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      This is beautiful! I can just see this on the table for my next gathering! :)

      Love the ice cream cone cups..... Thanks for sharing.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Fruit salads are some of my best treats and really enjoy eating the different fruit such a lovely idea and the benefits are so healthy

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      CozyPozy 3 years ago from USA

      Your first one is so different thanks to the mix of fruits & vegetables. The rest sound refreshing & delicious, too. Lovely!

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      Thomas Silvia 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      This was a refreshing article to read and loved all the great fruit salad recipes !

      Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

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      Shariful Islam 3 years ago from Bangladesh

      i love salad. Thanks for the well written recipe. Easy to follow. Voted up

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      Dil Vil 3 years ago from India

      I love salads, this is a good hub. Thanks for the good share.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      These are all wonderful salads, especially for the upcoming steamy days of summer.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Sue, I, too, love the idea of fruit salad in ice cream cones. Yummy! I'm amazed at the things people come up with using the simplest of ingredients. This Hub is timely as we rapidly approach the advent of summer. Aloha, my friend!

      Joe

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      kidscrafts, I love fresh fruit. It's wonderful to be able to use them as a main dish every now and then.

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Imogen French, I love mixing unexpected ingredients together. They really are quite tasty.

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      always exploring, watermelon is out in our stores. I usually have watermelon in my salads. This time I tried different fruit blends.

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Careermommy, I wish I had thought of them. My children would have loved them too.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Fruit salads are great, and you have provided a tasty selection of recipes. Thanks for sharing this with us! I'm planning on buying plenty of fruit this week, so I hope to try some fruit salads. Voted up and sharing!

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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Now that the warmer weather is hear, anything with fruits tends to be more appealing. Love your fruit salad ideas. Great article! Thanks for sharing. (Voted up)

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love all kinds of fruit salads and the more fruits the better. I like the idea of putting a fruit salad into an ice-cream cone. Wish I'd of thought of that when my boys were younger. I'm sure they would have loved it.

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      agapsikap 3 years ago from Philippines

      Nice idea for a party. I love to try this one.

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Vellur

      moonlake

      LaThing

      DDE

      Thanks so much for your comment. Fruit salads are the perfect snack or light meal for the summer.

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      CozyPozy

      kashmir 56

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      My Cook Book

      I love salads myself. The first salad included vegetables to show how well they go with fruits. I hope you try the recipes.

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      aviannovice

      hawaiianodysseus

      Thank you friends, it's always nice to hear from you. Aloha and enjoy the salads.

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Kathryn Stratford

      rose-the planner

      Just Ask Susan

      agapsikap

      Thanks for your comments. I love fruit also. There's nothing better than a cool fruit salad on a hot day.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks for the ingenious fruit salad reminders, KKGals. Love the brilliant idea of serving kids fruit salad in ice cream cones.

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      All of these salads sound wonderful. Thank you for putting them together in one collection. We love fruity, leafy salads year-round, but especially during the hot summer. Thank you!

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      vespawoolf, I love all kinds of salads. I''m with you, they are even better during the summer.

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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks. This is healthy, refreshing and so easy to make. The different colours of the fruits make it appetizing too. 5 Star.

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thank you Lady E. I love fruit salad of any kind.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We also love salads and the fresh fruit is so good especially this time of year. Thanks for your recipes. Regarding fruit in the house right now after shopping at Costco today and still having some from other stores, we have apples, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, a mango, oranges and some plums. Can you tell that we really like fruit? That doesn't even include the dried fruit that we always keep on hand. The little meyers lemon tree and orange tree that we planted last fall are loaded with ripening fruit...especially the orange tree. Should have planted them years ago!

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Peggy W, I can tell you really love fruit. Our fridge is always filled with fruit. I miss my orange, tangerine, grapefruit and loquat trees that we left behind when we moved. Wish I had them now.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Fruit is nature's dessert and it's one that we can freely enjoy! Thanks for this reminder of the benefits of using recipes like the ones you included. The Florida strawberries were especially good this year, and we even had some Florida blueberries this winter--a new variety that will grow there. So looking forward to our local fruit season again this year.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      That fruit and veggie salad with bacon sounds sooo good. I have to try it. Thanks! ^

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