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Fast and Simple Fruit Salad

Updated on February 15, 2016
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Simple Fruit Salad

A fresh fruit salad full of berries is the perfect dish to bring to a pot luck. If you are not a lover of cooking or preparing complicated dishes, it can be intimidating when you must bring food to a social event. The perfect dish that appears complex is the fruit salad.

This version of fruit salad is a little different since there is no liquid added and it is a very healthy dish made mainly of berries. Generally, fruit is a healthy vegetarian treat that is beautiful to look at if you combine the right colors. For some odd reason, guests seem to think you spent a lot of time on it!

The best time of year for fresh fruit is of course summer but we have our choice of fruit pretty much all year round. To get started with a simple salad just follow these quick and easy steps.

Fresh fruit for the salad
Fresh fruit for the salad | Source

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time:

Serves: 4 - 6

Fruit Salad Recipe

  • Strawberries (about 8 large ones quartered)
  • Blueberries (6 oz )
  • Kiwi Fruit (3 or 4)
  • Green Grapes ( handful or more if you wish)

Instructions

  1. Prepare all fruit first by washing and rinsing with water thoroughly, pat dry with paper towel.
  2. In a large salad bowl add the fruits . I like using a glass salad bowl to highlight the colours of the fruit.
  3. Slice the strawberries into halves (if they are very large slice into quarters)
  4. Peel the kiwifruit and slice into thin rounds about 1/8 inch thick
  5. Add the blueberries
  6. Add green grapes to taste
  7. Stir gently to mix the fruit
  8. Voila! a gorgeous fruit salad.
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Kiwi fruit
Kiwi fruit | Source

How to Choose a Ripe Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi fruit has a tough outer brown skin that hides the beautiful green, sweet fruit within. But if you get one that is overripe you will be stuck with green mush that is not very appetizing.

When choosing your kiwi look for these attributes:

  1. A good kiwi will have a smooth outer skin that is not wrinkled.
  2. The skin should also be evenly coloured and not discoloured.
  3. When you squeeze a kiwi fruit it should not be overly soft but it should give a little; if it's too hard it will be tart to taste.

When you follow these three tips you should get a very sweet and enjoyable kiwi. When kiwi is added to a fruit salad they provide not only their unique sweetness but a great colour impact too.

Boxes of Blueberries
Boxes of Blueberries | Source

Simple Fruit Salad with Blueberries

Super Food!

Blueberries have become a staple food in my house. They are a great addition to not only fruit salads but cereals, oatmeal, yogurts, and granola. These little berries are a nutritional powerhouse. The health benefits of blueberries are numerous, listed below are just a few of their healthy attributes.


  1. Antioxidant that protects cells from damage.
  2. Increases the body's ability to burn fat
  3. Reduces and maintains blood pressure
  4. Increases memory
  5. Protects against colon cancer


It is a wise choice to always toss blueberries into your fresh fruit salad. Your body and mind will thank you for it.

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Fresh and Simple Fruit Salad anytime!

If you buy lots of fruit put into the fridge in those fruit and vegetable drawers they often get forgotten and start to rot. I have had this happen on numerous occasions. If the fruit is out of site it's out of mind. Keeping it out of the fridge in a fruit bowl is one idea but to keep it cold and fresh just prepare it ahead of time as a fruit salad.

This is an excellent way to ensure all the nutritious fruit you purchased doesn't go to waste. This recipe is particularly good for this, no apples that brown or bananas to become gooey. I find it gets eaten quickly as it is such a nutritious after school or any time snack. Storing it in a container that makes it easy to scoop out a bowl full is the key. I found this tupperware that was originally created as a lettuce keeper to be perfect for fruit salad.

Keep your Salad Fresh with Tupperware

Tupperware Classic Vintage Super CRISP IT Lettuce Cabbage Saver NEW Grape Purple

I have had this tupperware lettuce keeper for I don't know - maybe 15 years! It wears extremely well as you can see from my own photo above and it is much more than just a lettuce keeper. It is super for keeping prepared salads fresh, especially fruit salads. Perfect for refrigerator storage or taking to a pot luck gathering or picnic. There are loads of uses.

I found the "classic" version on line and still for sale. Amazing! I am not surprised because it is very durable and I can certainly attest to that after using it for so many years. A very worthwhile purchase.

Fruit Salad: Keep it Chilled and Protected!

Keep your salad chilled with these bowls that have an ice chamber designed to keep your salad fresh and cool. You need to get your fruit salad to the the potluck and this is the perfect way to transport it. There is nothing worse than a warm fruit salad that is starting to turn to much. This bowl also has a dome that not only keeps the salad fresh but keeps out those insects; perfect for picnics!

Green and Red grapes
Green and Red grapes | Source

Green vs Purple Grapes: What is the difference?

I personally prefer green grapes always have since I was a child and I am not sure why. It may be the slight difference in taste or perhaps because I only remember my mother buying the green grapes; so it became a preference.

So what is the difference between the two? They are simply different species. Nutritionally, the purple grape wins out, but that doesn't mean green grapes are not good for you. They are both healthy and beneficial but the purple grape has the edge as it is richer in antioxidants and lower in calories. Basically, the darker the fruit or vegetable the more nutritional punch.

So purple or green which ever you prefer, they are an excellent addition to your fruit salad, just toss them in!

Strawberries are a staple in fruit salad
Strawberries are a staple in fruit salad | Source

The Strawberry: A Strong Contender!

The strawberry plant is very hardy and can be grown anywhere in the world. It sends out shoots and reproduces itself with ease. The strawberry plant is the ultimate survivor; this makes them easy plants to grow.

Nutritionally, strawberries are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium - always good! They are an excellent source of folate, potassium and Vitamin C. Humans, unlike some animals, cannot manufacture or store Vitamin C so it is important for us to consume it in our food. Oranges aren't the only fruit high in this vitamin! The one downfall is that most of the calories in strawberries are from their sugar content.

Did you know that strawberries fight wrinkles? Yes, they do! Vitamin C is known to keep the collagen in our skin elastic but strawberries also contain ellagic acid which has been shown in studies to enhance collagen repair and prevent inflammation. So double duty in wrinkle prevention!

The strawberry is the colour star of the fruit salad it creates a nice visual impact. Attractive and nutritious the strawberry is a great addition to any fruit salad.

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What are your favourite fruits for salad?

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      I take the goulash approach. You know, it's for whatever you have on hand. I just toss 'em all in. Whatever I have.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love fruit salads especially during the summer months when you can easily buy fresh fruit. Now I'm craving one :) I like to make mine with strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes, bananas, and kiwi's.

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      This is my kind of salad! Thanks for info about choosing a kiwi, I never can tell about those. And, of course, a Tupperware bowl is the best! I love my Tupperware. :)

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      tomoxby 4 years ago

      I don't have a favorite recipe, but you are right the one on this page is easy with only 4 ingredients. I will have to give it a try, looks delicious.

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      theinformationguy 4 years ago

      I pretty much like them all , hard to pick just one favorite !

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      Lenskeeper 5 years ago

      No. I just sometimes mix different fruits together randomly. Thanks for the lens. I was wondering what to eat for lunch :)

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      The picture here looks delicious, fruits looks fresh too.

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      Onemargaret LM 5 years ago

      I love fruit salad. I find myself eating more of them lately. Such much healthier! Nice lens!

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      ForestBear LM 5 years ago

      yummy, I love fruit salads. Thank you for sharing

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      Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Thank you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have always adored fruit. Currently eating frozen raspberries as I write! Brilliant lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have always adored fruit. Currently eating frozen raspberries as I write! Brilliant lens!

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      Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      @four synergy: That sounds awesome, thanks for the ideas! :) Sometimes you need to change it up, we can't bring the same fruit salad every time right?

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      four synergy 5 years ago

      We have Like minds! I hate Potlucks and have discovered the beauty of Fruit salds as well! People are REALLY impressed when you toss in Pineapple to it and for Flair and presentation...top it with the top of Pineapple as centerpiece within the fruit sale display.

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      Aboutlowercholesterol 5 years ago

      Nice ideas thanx. I love all kinds of fruit and so a nice fresh fruit salad on a hot summers day is a real delight and treat. Thanx for the lens

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      KandH 5 years ago

      Yummy - no better way to enjoy a healthy snack than a fresh fruit salad!

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      Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      @MartieG: Thank you!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Makes me want to run out and buy some fresh fruit! Choose this lens for my Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month Quest - very nice!

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      natashaely 5 years ago

      I have always made it the way my Mom has and I am sure that is the same for most people. I put all the fruit in a bowl and add orange juice or the natural juice from the fruits, it's that simple! Great page, madfe one tonight :)

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I like the one mom used to make with powdered sugar and sour cream in it. Sounds gross but it was awesome. :)

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love fruit salads...yeah, they're especially great during the summer, but I do like them all year round. I love watermelon in my fruit salad as well.

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      SoniaCarew 5 years ago

      Love fruit salad! I like berries,... and pineapple. Delish!

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      Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      @SheilaMilne: Sounds delicious!

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      I'm very fond of mango and pineapple as a salad, especially after a spicy meal. The juices from both can be added to make a syrup.

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      Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      @gatornic15: Yes, they certainly can be slimy if they are too ripe. But they are very tasty and sweet, try it you'll like it! :)

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      Your fruit salad looks delicious! I have never actually tried kiwi. It always seemed a little slimy so I was scared to try it.

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      Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      @SusanDeppner: I think I will try that, thanks!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      P.S. Thanks for the info about how to choose kiwi fruit. I've never been really sure.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love summer fruit salads and your combination of fruits sounds perfect! A friend also fixes that same combination but then stirs in a can of peach pie filling. You won't believe how good it is until you try it. Yum!

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      Marilyn Thompson 5 years ago from Washington State

      Looks like a tasty and refreshing salad, yum!

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      BookNympho LM 5 years ago

      I love making tropical fruit salads, but some of the fruits can be hard to find. A simple fruit salad recipe like this is so easy to make though!

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      I love fruit salad. It's refreshing on a hot day and it's nice to eat light.

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      Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      @Elsie Hagley: Thank you! A tutorial from my teenaged daughter helped a lot - its also her camera. :)

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      teristazko 5 years ago

      Looks very refreshing. I love fruit salad. Thanks for sharing your delicious blend of fruits!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens. Thanks for sharing. Great photos, glad you found it was easier that you thought.