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How To Make a Stunning Fruit Salad

Updated on April 17, 2014

At nearly every one of my family get togethers, someone brings a fruit salad. It is the easiest and most colorful way to round out a meal, whether it's a fancy prime rib or casual barbecue chicken.

Many people make the mistake of thinking their fruit salad needs to have sugar, pudding, or whipped cream added. We rarely do this; fruit is sweet enough, and it's harder to taste the unique flavors when it's masked by syrups and creams.

I love just cutting up a variety of fruit and letting the vibrant colors, textures, and flavors speak for themselves.

The fruit salad should be prepared the same day as the event, preferably shortly before the meal. If you do it a day or two before, the fruit will be soggy and mushy.

Time required: Roughly 5 minutes per fruit

Difficulty: easy

Cost: Cost varies depending on fruits used and time of year

Materials:

  • Fruit (I like to plan on AT LEAST 1/2 cup per person, though our family will often eat 1 cup per person)

Tools:

  • Cutting Board
  • Sharp Knife
  • Water (for washing fruit)
  • Large Bowl or Serving Container

Instructions:

1. Choose at least 1 fruit from each color group.

Some examples:

Group 1 (Red)- Strawberries, apples (such as Red Delicious or McIntosh), raspberries, watermelon, cherries

Group 2 (Orange)- Oranges, peaches, nectarines, apricots, mangoes, cantaloupe

Group 3 (Yellow)- Pineapple, banana, apples (such as Yellow Delicious), pears

Group 4 (Green)- Grapes, apples (such as granny smith), kiwis, honeydew melon

Group 5 (Blue/Purple)- Blueberries, purple grapes, blackberries, plums

2. Wash fruit. While washing, check for bugs or dirt.

3. Remove any stems, cores, or difficult to eat peels. Some fruit, such as apples, will look much better if not peeled.

However, fruits such as pineapples, kiwis, oranges, and mangoes will need to have their skins removed in order to be fully edible.

You don't want people to have to use their hands while eating the fruit salad. It's messy and annoying. Make sure any non-edible parts are removed.

4. Cut fruit into bite-sized pieces, saving the fruit that will brown the most quickly (apples or bananas, for example) for last.

Also remove any brown or bruised areas from the fruit and discard.

Some fruits, such as blueberries and raspberries, will not require any cutting and can just be tossed in.

5. Combine fruits and stir until fruit is evenly distributed throughout.

6. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Looks delicious and not so difficult to make. Thanks!!!

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      bpratt lm 3 years ago

      This is great! I love taking it back to basics when it comes to salads, fruit or not. :) Thanks for sharing! I am off to find some fruit to eat now that you reminded me how much I love them :P

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      jcortright 3 years ago

      @Lynn Klobuchar: I love all the different combos that can be made! No two salads are the same.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Great ideas for flavor combinations. I love fruit salad.

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      jcortright 3 years ago

      @Charito1962: You can easily add fresh whipped cream to the above steps to make it creamier. :)

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      jcortright 3 years ago

      @Ruthi: I think it's great- it's also guilt free!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Looks so yummy!

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      I enjoy my fresh fruit salads just the way you do. I want to taste the fruit!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I love fruit salad especially when it's creamy!

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

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      katiesnow 3 years ago

      nice lens..I love fruit salad!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love beautiful, colorful, fresh fruit salads!