Minty Summer Fruit Salad
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pint blueberries, rinsed
oz container blackberries, rinsed
oz container raspberries
lb strawberries, quartered
fresh mint leaves, cut in half
tbsp sugar (I use organic)
Combine the blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries in a large mixing bowl. Stir gently.
In a small saucepan, combine the water and mint leaves. Bring to a boil and then remove from the heat. Let sit for 10 minutes, then remove the leaves from the water.
Add the sugar to the water and set over medium heat. Whisk constantly until the sugar dissolves. Pour over the berries and then stir well.
Chill until ready to serve, at least 30 minutes.
More About This Recipe
- Berries. Berries. BERRIES!
I adore fresh berries. In the summertime, freshly picked blueberries and strawberries are so perfectly sweet – unlike anything you find in the grocery store.
My kids and I go to pick-your-own farms, coming home with giant crates of berries we’ve picked ourselves. It’s magical. And sometime in around mid-summer, our driveway is surrounded by bushes of wild blackberries. There’s nothing better than a quick walk up the driveway for berries to eat with breakfast.
Do you berry pick? Have berries growing around your house?
When it comes to fruit salad, the old standby – peaches, pears, grapes and cherries – is always good. But it’s summertime. Don’t you deserve something better than good? Something awesome, amazing, mouthwatering even?
My Minty Mid-Summer Fruit Salad is the perfect answer. It’s a mixture of four types of berries with a fresh mint simple syrup to tie it all together. Can a fruit salad be refreshing? Absolutely … and this one is.
Now, when you go to serve this, use a few mint leaves for garnish. It’s pretty, and it also clues everyone in that this is no ordinary fruit salad.
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Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah’s Cucina Bella.
I like to use English cucumbers, which are also called seedless, European, burpless, or hothouse cucumbers, as opposed to regular cucumbers. The advantage is that they’re typically wrapped in plastic instead of waxed to protect the skin and keep moisture in, so you don’t need to peel them. They’re also slightly sweeter with fewer seeds.
You’ll notice that I use a combination of olive oil and vegetable oil. Sometimes the flavor of olive oil alone can overpower so I like to cut it with a milder tasting oil.
16 Fruit Salad Recipes You Need to Make This Summer
Celebrate the season's freshest fruit &mdash think strawberries , peaches, and blackberries &mdash with these delicious fruit salad recipes. You can serve them as a side dish at a barbecue or a dessert on a weeknight. (Then make one of these sweet strawberry recipes for summer.)
This recipe is packed with flavor thanks to its homemade honey, lime, and mint dressing.
Get the recipe at Cooking Classy.
Add a little crunch to your favorite side dish by mixing in crushed pretzels and chopped pecans.
Get the recipe at The Gunny Sack.
Yes, your favorite poolside drink can be made into a summer dish you can enjoy all season long.
Summer Fruit Salad with a Lime Mint Dressing
There is nothing quite as beautiful as a summer fruit salad, and on these hot July days, it is absolutely perfect. The vibrant colors and sweet flavors are just an excellent addition to any meal. One of our favorite fruits this time of year, besides berries, is watermelon. The pink and green color, the sweet watery content, refreshing taste, besides being incredibly fun to eat, is the base of this wonderful fruit salad. We have combined our favorite summer fruits for this stunning summer fruit salad with a lime mint dressing.
Just a Simple Fruit Salad?
You might be tempted to think this is just a simple fruit salad, but think again, the dressing takes this salad to another level. We sometimes make this dressing creamy, and other times, we make it citric. See the recipe for details. Either way, it is a phenomenal dressing for this summer fruit salad. The lime is an addition that goes very well with watermelon, and the minced mint gives a wonderful flavor.
Growing Mint in New England:
We grow mint in our garden. It is one of those things that grow like weeds in New England. We hardly have to do anything to it, it comes back year after year, and provides us with a whole bunch of wonderful green leafy flavor.
Adding Nutrients Into Our Diet:
It is interesting that all the different colors in fruits and vegetables have different nutritional values, so it is essential to eat a variety of different colors in both fruits and vegetables. Making a fruit salad is a wonderful way to get a variety of nutrients into your diet. You can even top it off with some nuts for some extra crunch and protein.
When making a fruit salad, be creative. Cut some fruit in circles, some in squares, some in rectangles for a more interesting look.
I hope you enjoy this easy and fun Summer Fruit Salad with a Lemon Mint Dressing.
9. Summer Fruit Salad with Orange Syrup
This fruit salad is perfect for parties.
It’s easy to make and everyone will appreciate a healthy option at the dessert table.
The orange-lemon syrup is sweetened with honey and glazes the fruit to keep it looking and tasting fresh longer.
Photo credit: Natasha’s Kitchen
Please share your favorites …..and check back for more! I will keep updating!
Why I Love This Simple Summer Salad Recipe
Most fruit salads that you see online will have a &ldquosauce&rdquo or dressing to toss everything in. But honestly, why mess with nature. This fresh fruit salad is perfect on it&rsquos own. And when you toss all the ingredients together and get a variety of fruit in each bite you&rsquoll agree. Don&rsquot mess with perfection.
The only work that&rsquos needed in this salad is chopping. Once you finish all the cutting, dump everything into a big bowl. (and when I say big I mean BIG) Then enjoy it the rest of the week or bring it to a summer BBQ and watch it disappear in minutes.
Fresh. Simple. Healthy. Delicious.
It&rsquos the perfect salad to have around all summer long.
Absolutely delicious. I will make this again and again.
I accidentally used powdered sugar. I added a little orange juice to coat fruit. Very good :o)
A very refreshing and attractive salad. And the flavor was outstanding. It couldn't have been simpler to make. There were 5 of us for dinner and everyone had seconds. The only downside was that the host prepared peppered salmon, and the salad was not a flavor match. Oh well. We'll be making this frequently this summer, only not when salmon is served.
This recipe was time consuming to make, but it was worth it. Everybody loved it! And the positive feedback from the crowd means that I'll make it again. Invest in a cherry pitter, it makes it a lot easier.
Delicious fruit salad! Just remember to follow all the easy the directions. I sprinkled the mint sugar on the salad as I was running out to a picnic and didn't stir it in until I got there. Looked a bit like pesto on fruit salad at first! Ugh! Freaked out my grandson. Turned out delicious though and will make frequently. Everyone ended up loving it!
This recipe was so simple, yet incredible! We picked our blackberries from our backyard immediately before preparing, which I think helped with the freshness of the salad. Perfect proportion of mint and sugar--not overwhelming, just fresh and delicious.
Awesome. I make this every time I need to go to a party in the summer. Everyone loves it. Buy a cherry pitter if you don't have one. Pitting cherries is a pain, but so worth it.
Used half cherries, half blackberries and followed the rest of the recipe. Pitting the cherries was time consuming, but the result was gorgeously colorful and delicious -- drew rave reviews from everyone at the BBQ. Will definitely make this again -- it was the hit of the party.
Made this for a family BBQ on Father's Day and it was a total hit! Everybody loved it! The mint added a really refreshing flavor and was perfect for such a warm day. I was using an immersion blender (didn't have a food processor) so I added two tbsp of water to the mint and sugar. It actually was fantastic. We used the leftover mixture to add to our Arnold Palmers and it was DELICIOUS - we named our concoction a Lee Trevino! Will absolutely make this again!
This is my go-to recipe for showers, picnics, parties in the Summertime when asked to bring a dish. It always gets rave reviews. It's very easy to switch out fruits that are less expensive/in season such as strawberries, orange slices, blueberries, etc but the peaches are a must!
I omitted the sugar and simply tossed the mint with the fruit. It was outstanding. Everyone loved it. If the fruit is a bit tart then I will add the sugar.
This was fresh and really easy. I made it twice, the second time with peaches, nectarines, blueberries and cantaloupe. It's definitely better the first day--the mint gets kind of icky after that.
I love this recipe. The mint is fabulous. I made it with raspberries, blackberries, peaches, strawberries, and cherries.
This recipe is easy and I have gotten great reviews from those who try it. I love mint flavor in just about anything - it's a perfect summer salad.
I used watermelon, strawberries, one grapefruit, blackberries, and a small amount of red grapes cut in half. The combination, along with chopped mint and lime juice was a huge barbeque hit, thanks to everyone else's suggestions. Will definitely add mint to my fruit salads again!
Delicious and so gorgeous to serve. We re-named it Mojito Salad bɼ it reminds us of the drink. We've made it with both cherries and blackberries. Both are delish. blackberries make it more beautiful.
Made this for a soccer mom party with cherries, green grapes and apricots. It was amazing. I want to think of more uses for mint sugar! My husband thinks it would be great with watermelon.
So simple made for a family BBQ, people were eating it for dessert, instead of the actual desserts!
Made this salad last year for a cooking class and now that cherries are in season, it's on the menu for tonight's Father's Day get together. A truly beautiful fruit salad that is such a welcoming change of pace from the run-of-the-mill fruit salads. The cherries are a bit labor-intensive with the pitting, etc. but when they are in season, ooooooh. there's nothing better. This is one of my most favorite salads!
Perfect recipe for a summer BBQ - prepared the sugar in advance the day before. At first, the sugar did clump a bit with the mint once blended, but the next day it had hardened and crumbled over the fruit salad without difficulty. Will be making it again on Tuesday!
I made this and you could hardly taste the mint. I don't think it was worth the trouble.
I made this as part of my Mother's Day breakfast, and it was a hit. My Dad went back for seconds, thirds, fourths. I will make this recipe again for sure. So much sure that I went out today and bought a cherry pitter.
I added strawberries and blueberries to this recipe along with some fresh lime juice (1/2 of a lime), it was delicious!
Gee - the first half of my comment (below) didn't post. So, here's the beginning so it all makes sense --- Here's a new twist: I lived in Brazil and this recipe inspired some creative drinks, which became instant hits around our grill with guests - young and old. First, mash the mint leaves with the sugar using morter and pestle (or the back of a wooden spoon in the bottom of a glass for individual servings). Then, you can either. (now go to rest of comment located immediately below)
Summer Fruit Chopped Salad
On warm summer days, a chopped salad is our meal of choice. They’re light, fresh, and filling! That’s pretty much all I need on a hot, summer day like the ones we’ve been have lately.
The beauty of a chopped salad is that there really aren’t any rules. You can pretty much add whatever you want! Hey you could even clean out the fridge with a chopped salad. But, this chopped salad? It’s a real winner. I haven’t had a salad this good in a long time. Okay so maybe this one is just as delicious but they are definitely tied for all-time favorite salads.
This summer chopped salad is like summer on a fork! and it blows any ol’ garden salad totally out of the water.
Your tastebuds are going to dance at the taste of this salad! The flavors here are fresh and perfect, and with extras like strawberries, grapes, green apples, Mandarin oranges, and red onions, it is quite possibly the BEST Summer salad I have ever eaten.
The mix of ingredient is really flexible, but you have to have a few toppings no matter what: grilled chicken, bacon, avocado, and Gorgonzola cheese. Oh and the dressing. Those four things can turn any extra add-ins into one extraordinary salad. That’s the beauty of this chopped salad – its loaded with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. If strawberries are no longer present at farmers’ markets or grocery stores in your area, substitute blackberries, raspberries, pears, nectarines, plums or figs. The possibilities are endless, and the result is an amazing burst of flavor when paired with the avocado, Gorgonzola, chicken, bacon, and sweet, tangy dressing.
I never realized how much I love Gorgonzola cheese. It’s not quite as tangy as blue cheese, and it has more of a goat cheese texture, rather than a feta cheese texture – soft rather than hard. It’s definitely one of the most essential components to making this delicious salad.
A side note regarding the bacon…
Have you ever tried baking your bacon?? I use this method of cooking bacon all the time when we are having a big brunch with a million things going on in the kitchen. I love how easy it is, and it leaves your bacon strips longer and crisper than microwaving!
Since there is no need to heat up the kitchen for this dish, I know we’ll be eating it all summer long, even when the temperatures outside soaring and it’s hard to find any kind of food appealing…..this salad will fit the bill.
Pretty, Yummy Fruit Salad
Place the sugar, water, orange juice and orange zest into a small saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 to thicken slightly. Set aside to cool, then store in the fridge until cold.
Mix together all the fruit in a large bowl and pour the syrup over the top, tossing gently. Garnish with mint leaves and serve.
I think you&rsquoll love this colorful, pretty fruit salad, which is drizzled with a lovely orange-vanilla syrup, which glosses it up and makes it visually irresistible, which makes you want to stand over the bowl and slurp up every single bite, which won&rsquot leave any for your brunch guests.
So logic would probably tell you not not to make it.
But I think you should go ahead and chance it! It&rsquos that good. Slightly citrusy, nice and sweet, with a little hint of vanilla lusciousness. So simple to make, and you can use any fruit you want&mdashmelon chunks, orange pieces, apples, pears&hellipthe works. And it&rsquos perfect not just for Easter brunch, but for baby or wedding showers, special lunches&hellipor just a weekday that calls for a beautiful bowl of color.
Minty Fruit Salad
A wonderful, healthy, and naturally sweet dish, my Minty Fruit Salad always pleases a crowd. Fresh in-season ripened-to-perfection fruit is tossed with a lightly sweetened minty citrus dressing. It’s a colorful and tasty addition to any breakfast, brunch, or dessert buffet.
Use fruits that are in-season in order to enjoy this salad all year round. Leftovers from this fruit salad will usually last overnight in the refrigerator.
From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….
Minty Fruit Salad
Select five or six fruits from the below list:
Strawberries, halved or sliced
Cherries, pitted and halved
Grapes, whole or halved
Apricots, pitted and cut into bite-sized portions
Pineapple, cut into bite-sized portions
Plums, pitted and cut into bite-sized portions
Bananas, peeled and sliced
Mangoes, pitted, peeled and diced
Papayas, seeded, peeled and diced
Pears, peeled and diced
Peaches, pitted and diced
Oranges, peeled and sectioned
Grapefruit, peeled and sectioned
Apples, cored and diced
Watermelon, peeled, seeded and cut into bite-sized portions
Cantaloupe, peeled, seeded, and cut into bite-sized portions
Honeydew melon, peeled, seeded, and cut into bite-sized portions
…the list goes on…
For the dressing:
2 T chopped fresh mint leaves such as orange, lemon, or chocolate mint or spearmint
1/4 c freshly squeezed orange juice
1 T honey or agave or maple syrup to sweeten, to taste
1. Combine the orange juice and the honey or agave or maple syrup in a small bowl. Whisk until blended.
2. Stir in the mint, and set minty orange juice mixture aside.
3. Wash all fruits.
4. Cut larger fruits into pieces and peel/pit if necessary.
5. In a large non-metallic bowl, lightly mix fruits with orange juice mixture.
6. Let fruit salad sit in refrigerator for at least 2 hours to chill and allow flavors to enhance.
7. Mix fruit salad lightly once or twice while in refrigerator being careful not to break up fruits.
8. Place fruit salad in a large clear glass or white bowl for best presentation.
Serves 6 – 12 depending on serving size. You may need to double or triple the minty orange dressing amount based on the amount of fruit you are using for your salad.
Variations: Use whatever fruits are in season and ripe in your area. Omit the honey or agave and use maple syrup or other sweetener if you prefer. You shouldn’t need a lot of sweetener if your fruits are ripe. Substitute shredded coconut for the mint.
Some suggested combos are:
Tropical fruit salad: Banana, mango, pineapple, papaya, melon, shredded coconut (instead of mint)
Winter fruit salad: Apple, pear, grape, orange, grapefruit, banana, blueberry, mint.
Summer fruit salad: Apricot, peach, strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, cherry, mint.