Simple Summer Fruit Salad With a Honey Dressing

Celebrate the flavors of summer with this vibrant and refreshing Summer Fruit Salad, also known as the Red, White, and Blue Salad. With just a few simple ingredients and a quick prep time, this salad is the perfect way to enjoy the season’s freshest fruits.

Mixed fruit in a small jar.

This Summer Fruit Salad is the perfect summer side dish, combining the freshest, in-season fruits with a tangy honey citrus dressing. It’s light, refreshing, and bursting with vibrant colors and flavors that complement any main course. Ideal for a summer BBQ, this salad pairs wonderfully with grilled meats and other picnic favorites, making it a crowd-pleaser that adds a healthy and delicious touch to your outdoor gatherings.


  • For the Dressing
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or more, to taste)
    • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
    • Zest of 1 lemon
    • Zest of 1 orange
  • For the Salad
    • 6 ounces blackberries
    • 6 ounces blueberries
    • 6 ounces raspberries
    • 10 strawberries, chopped
    • 3 apples, chopped
Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and apples in a bowl.

Variations for This Summer Salad

This Summer Fruit Salad is incredibly versatile and can be customized to suit your tastes or the fruits you have on hand. 

  • Add chunks of fresh pineapple, mango, or kiwi fruit to the mix for a tropical twist. 
  • If you prefer a creamier texture, fold in a dollop of Greek yogurt or a splash of coconut milk. 
  • Stone fruits like peaches, nectarines, and cherries can also be delicious additions, bringing a juicy and sweet contrast to the berries. 
  • For a bit of crunch, sprinkle in some chopped nuts such as almonds, walnuts, or pecans. 
  • Adding a handful of pomegranate seeds can introduce a pop of color and a tart flavor, while fresh herbs like mint or basil can elevate the salad with a refreshing aromatic note. 

The endless possibilities make this summer fruit salad a delightful and adaptable dish for any occasion.


  1. Make the Dressing: In a small bowl, mix the honey, orange juice, orange zest, and lemon zest.
  2. Combine the Fruit: Add all the prepared fruit in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Mix Together: Pour the dressing over the fruit and gently combine until the fruit is evenly coated with the syrup.
Pouring dressing over fruit salad.
Mixed fruit in a small jar.

Summer Fruit Salad

This Summer Fruit Salad is a refreshing blend of seasonal berries and apples, tossed in a tangy honey citrus dressing. Perfect for any summer gathering, it's a delicious and healthy side dish that's ready in just 10 minutes.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 92kcal


  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 6 ounces blackberries
  • 6 ounces blueberries
  • 6 ounces raspberries
  • 10 strawberries chopped
  • 3 apples chopped


  • In a small bowl, mix together the honey, orange juice, orange zest, and lemon zest.
  • In a large bowl, add the fruit.
  • Pour the syrup over the fruit and gently combine.


Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.05g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 118IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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Handy Tips

  • Adjust Sweetness: If you prefer a sweeter salad, you can add up to 2 more tablespoons of honey (1/4 cup total).
  • Fruit Variations: Feel free to add any fruit you like. Bananas, grapes, melon, and more can be great additions to this versatile salad.
  • Storage: Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The salad is best enjoyed fresh but can also be chilled for a few hours before serving.
Bite sized pieces of fruit in a bowl.

On-the-Go Option

Pack this delightful salad into pint-sized Mason jars for a convenient, portable snack. It’s perfect for picnics, summer BBQs, or a healthy treat on the go.

Fruit salad in a jar.

Perfect for Any Occasion

This Summer Fruit Salad is the perfect side dish for any summer gathering, BBQ, or picnic. It’s light, refreshing, and packed with the season’s best fruits. Combining fresh berries and apples with a tangy citrus dressing makes it a healthy and delicious crowd-pleaser.

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