There’s nothing like a refreshing fruit salad when the weather heats up. Tropical fruits such as kiwi, oranges, pineapples and mangoes are packed with essential vitamins and minerals, and also add a range of textures and flavors to your salads. Toss in some herbs and spices, and you’ll create a salad your whole family loves. Here are 10 easy fruit salads to jazz up your summer.
1. Easy Fruit Salad
This salad is a must for busy moms on the go. In just 15 minutes you can serve up this easy salad that your family will love. Add fruits according to your family’s taste or what’s in season. Seasonal fruits are usually cheaper at the supermarkets. Mangoes, strawberries, bananas, kiwis, and seedless grapes are loaded with antioxidants and flavonoids to lower your risk of heart disease. Round out the salad with peach pie filling for a surprisingly delightful twist.
2. Spicy Fruit Salad
Balance out sweet, cool fruit with hot and spicy jalapeños and ginger. Whip up the spicy dressing with honey, jalapeños, ginger, water, and fresh lime juice. Boil the mixture until it forms a syrup and strain out the ginger and jalapeños. Cool the syrup before pouring over a fruit salad made from pineapples, kiwis, strawberries, mangoes and crisp cucumbers.
3. Drunken Summer Fruit Salad
A rum-soaked salad works well as a side or dessert. Prepare the salad at least one hour in advance to let the fruit soak in the alcohol. Fill up a big bowl with fruits of your choice – bananas do not work well in this recipe. Sprinkle the fruits with a little brown sugar and pour on the rum. Remember to make a separate kid-friendly salad for the children in your family.
4. Chilled Melon Bowl
Display your presentation skills by serving your fruit salad in a carved melon bowl. You’ll need a sharp knife and a little bit of skill to carve out your melon. When you’re done, fill up the bowl with cubes of melon and other fruit. Toss the fruit with a light sugar and lemon zest syrup and chill before serving.
5. Fruit Salad with Vanilla Dressing
Here’s another summer fruit salad that will tickle your taste buds. Whisk creamy ingredients like mayonnaise and yogurt in a small bowl. Add honey, lemon juice, salt and vanilla extract to the mixture and combine with mangoes, seedless grapes, apples, strawberries, and chopped walnuts.
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6. Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Break from the norm with this delicious salad recipe. Prepare at least two hours before you serve to give your fruit time to soak up the tasty dressing. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, ginger, honey, vinegar and poppy seeds in a small bowl. Dice and slice your fruits in another bowl and mix in the dressing. Refrigerate and serve.
7. Marshmallow Fruit Salad
Bits of colorful marshmallows add color, texture and gooey sweetness to plain fruit salads. This is another recipe you’ll have to prepare ahead of time so the marshmallows could absorb the sweet fruit juice. The final result is a delightful concoction that your kids will love.
8. Monochrome Fruit Salad
A single-colored fruit salad creates a striking impression in the world of multicolored fruit bowls. Create an orange burst of goodness by combining oranges, peaches, and carrots. Or make the most of summer fruits with a fruit salad made from strawberries, cherries, raspberries, and melon.
9. Grilled Fruit Salad
Fire up your grill and turn your fruit salad into an extraordinary dessert. This dish requires more time than traditional toss-and-serve salads, but it is well worth the effort. Cut the fruits in half, remove the pits, and place them face down on the grill. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes until they get grill marks.
10. Greek Yogurt Fruit Salad
Greek yogurt binds the fruits together and brings out their juicy goodness. Mix into your fruit salad and add a sprig of fresh mint.
The above suggestions prove that your fruit salad doesn’t have to be boring and tasteless. Use your imagination and make your salad something worth eating.