5 Ingredient Fresh Fruit Salad

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This Fresh Fruit Salad recipe comes together with just five ingredients in a matter of minutes. Simple, refreshing, and sweet, it’s the perfect side dish, appetizer, or snack! 

Overhead photo of a fresh fruit salad with watermelon stars and a metal spoon.

The BEST Fresh Fruit Salad Recipe

Nothing says summer like a fresh fruit salad. Truly, no picnic or barbecue is complete without it. 

However, traditional recipes are often coated in sugar-laden dressing, meaning they’re not actually all that healthy. So, we decided to simplify this classic dish, and give it a healthy twist! 

Our five-ingredient fruit salad requires minimal prep time and is so easy the kids can help make it. Plus, it’s full of vitamins, nutrients, and fiber to keep you satisfied. Go ahead and get creative with different mix-ins and variations to make it your own, too. 

It’s sure to be a staple in your meal prep lineup all summer long! 

Ingredients You’ll Need

Below is an overview of the ingredient list and instructions for this recipe. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card below for the complete details!

A halved watermelon and cantaloupe with bowls of diced pineapple, green grapes and blueberries.
  • Watermelon – Use seedless watermelon to make cutting and eating easy. 
  • Cantaloupe – Feel free to substitute honeydew, if preferred. 
  • Grapes – We like green grapes, but red grapes also work. Make sure they’re seedless! 
  • Blueberries – These add a pop of color and lots of nutrients. 
  • Pineapple – Use drained, canned pineapple. Or, cut fresh pineapple into chunks. 

How to Make an Easy Fresh Fruit Salad 

  1. Prepare the melon. Remove the watermelon and cantaloupe rinds. Then, cut the fruit into cubes, and transfer them to a large mixing bowl. 
Fresh grapes, blueberries, pineapple, watermelon and cantaloupe separated in a white bowl.
  1. Combine the ingredients. Add the pineapple chunks, grapes, and blueberries. Gently stir to combine and distribute the ingredients. Now, your easy fruit salad is ready to serve!
Overhead photo of a white bowl filled with 5 ingredient fresh fruit salad.

Tip: We love to use mini cookie cutters to cut the fruit into fun shapes! It makes it extra festive for parties. 

A wooden cutting board with star cutouts of watermelon and flower cutouts of cantaloupe.

Flavor Variations 

  • We use fresh summer fruit, but free to mix and match any fruit you have on hand and like best! Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, mandarin oranges, kiwi, banana – they all taste great. 
  • Add in chopped nuts like almonds, pecans, or walnuts for a bit of crunch. 
  • Fold in mini marshmallows for a hint of sweetness, and enjoy this recipe as a dessert. 
  • Drizzle a sweet orange juice glaze, lime dressing, or maple syrup on top for a more traditional recipe. 
Overhead photo of half of a bowl filled with fresh fruit salad.

Common Questions About This Fruit Salad Recipe

Can I make fruit salad ahead of time? 

This recipe is best enjoyed right away while the fruit is still fresh. However, if you want to prepare in advance, you can prep all the fruit, and store them in separate airtight containers. Then, when you’re ready to eat, all you have to do is combine the ingredients, and enjoy! 

When should I serve fruit salad? 

There’s never a bad time to serve this recipe! It’s perfect for brunches, baby showers, bridal showers, backyard barbecues, and weeknight dinners. 

What to put on fruit salad to keep it from turning brown? 

Toss your fruit with lemon juice or lime juice before combining the ingredients. This will prevent oxidation, which turns fresh fruit brown. 

Can I use frozen fruit?

We do not recommend frozen fruit for this recipe. It tends to lose its flavor and becomes too soggy once thawed.

How should I store this recipe?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

A woman's hands holding a white bowl of 5 ingredient fresh fruit salad.

5 Ingredient Fresh Fruit Salad Recipe

Make this 5-ingredient fresh fruit salad with nutritious summer fruit in a matter of minutes for a lightened-up version of everyone’s favorite side dish!
Prep Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Salad, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast, brunch, dairy free, fresh fruit salad, fresh fruit salad recipe, fruit salad, gluten free, vegan
Servings: 20 people
Calories: 75kcal
Cost: $15.00

Ingredients

  • 6 cups watermelon, peeled (1/2 watermelon)
  • 4 cups cantaloupe, peeled
  • 4 cups green grapes, washed
  • 2 cups blueberries, washed
  • 2 20 oz cans pineapple chunks (drained) or 3 cups fresh pineapple chunks

Instructions

  • Remove watermelon and cantaloupe rinds. Cut into bite-sized pieces. Add to a large bowl.
    6 cups watermelon, peeled (1/2 watermelon), 4 cups cantaloupe, peeled
  • Add in pineapple chunks, grapes, and blueberries. Gently stir until all the fruit is distributed evenly. Serve immediately or store in refrigerator.
    4 cups green grapes, washed, 2 cups blueberries, washed, 2 20 oz cans pineapple chunks (drained) or 3 cups fresh pineapple chunks
  • (Optional) Use mini cookie cutters to create cute shapes from the melon to place on top of the finished salad!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 75kcal

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28 Comments

  1. Hi, Your article is so nice.

  2. SO YUM! THANKS FOR SHARING THIS RECIPE WITH ME! I LOVE HOW YOU CUT THE FRUITS!

  3. your article is very good. I can’t wait to try it at home. Thank you for sharing the recipe with me. I’m waiting for your next article.

  4. I love the way you cut these up. So cute and perfect for when you have guests over — or just to enjoy it yourself 🙂

  5. These fruit salads look delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us. Definitely will try these salads at home.

  6. Morning starts with fruit salad always gives me extra energy to work hard. So thanks for sharing this recipe

  7. SO cute and pretty! Looks scrumptious too. We’d love to have you link up with us at http://www.ourunschoolingjourney.com/2016/08/wonderful-wednesdays-with-omhg.html. Pinned.

  8. Thank you for sharing at Delicious Dishes Recipe Party!!

  9. Looks amazing, fun and healthy. Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty. We would love to see you again next week.

  10. This sounds so yummy and refreshing! Just perfect for the summer! 🙂

  11. I would be daunted by catering a large party too but it sounds like you did a fantastic job and shared lots of food made with love. This fruit salad looks and sounds amazing – love the watermelon stars. Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop. Pinned and tweeted.

  12. This is a gorgeous Summer Salad!! Thanks for sharing, Pinned 🙂

  13. This fruit salad is so pretty! I’ve never catered a party, but I did bake 100+ cupcakes for my sister’s wedding last week… oh, the pressure. 😉 Everyone loved them, though, so it was worth it.

  14. What a healthy, pretty, and easy recipe! Thanks for sharing :]

    Blessings,
    Edye | http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

  15. I love fruit salads during the summer. They are great for hot days. Thanks for joining the Family Joy Link Party!

  16. Those tools make your salad so pretty and what is food if it isn’t pretty and bring you joy?

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