You might think fruit salads are simple to make, and of course you are correct, but what is more difficult is finding a recipe that is a bit different from others, something a little more special. Anyone can cut up some fruit and throw it into a bowl, but it takes a properly good recipe to have people asking what's in the salad and going back for seconds.
I very often make fruit salads in the warmer months, for light dessert options after BBQs or merely to have something in the refrigerator for my family to snack on. I don't tend to put much thought into them and, while this is part of the beauty of a fruit salad, I do think I could ‘up my game' a little.
I have found a fair few fruit salad recipes which look not only delicious but also like something out of the ordinary. More than one of these will undoubtedly be gracing my table sooner rather than later, and I have no doubt you'll fall in love with them too!
Fantastic Fruit Recipes that's a bit… Different
1. Mimosa Fruit Salad
What better way to spice up a ladies brunch than by making a big bowl of this Mimosa Fruit Salad. As well as being packed full of delicious fruits, this adults-only fruit salad is doused with a splash of Prosecco.
You could use any fruits you wanted in this recipe, as in any fruit salad, but because of the added liquid, you would be better sticking to juicier ones. Banana, for example, wouldn't work as well. There is a perfect mix of berries and other fruits in this recipe, making it bright and colorful as well as adding multiple different textures.
2. Fruit Salad with Honey and Lime
I like it when honey is used to sweeten recipes as opposed to straight sugar. Not only is this better for you health-wise, but it gives a far more interesting and complex flavor. It was the honey element which drew me to this Fruit Salad with Honey and Lime.
By combining the sweet honey with a hint of citrusy lime to create a sort of dressing, you add another level of flavor to the fruit salad. It would be sensationally fresh, a perfect accompaniment to a beautiful summer's day.
3. Citrus and Pomegranate Salad with Chili-Honey Dressing
This Citrus and Pomegranate Salad with Chili-Honey Dressing sounds like something you would see on a menu in a restaurant and immediately order. I love making dishes which hold that kind of stature, as it makes me feel like I am far better in the kitchen than I am.
There are both sweet and savory flavors and ingredients going into this fruit salad, which ensures it will be profoundly different to any you've made before. The oranges and ruby grapefruits are sweet and juicy, while the red onion and black pepper are somewhat unexpected additions. That dressing will no doubt tie it all together, with sweet honey but also hot red chili, and make it an unforgettable dish.
4. Orange-Vanilla Glazed Fruit Salad
I would be tempted to try out this recipe with the inside of a vanilla pod as opposed to vanilla extract, as I tend to prefer the more natural flavor it brings to a recipe.
Usually opting for the most straightforward fruit salads possible, I have never experimented with making glazes or sauces to serve along with them, so I'd love to give this a go. The glaze in this Orange-Vanilla Glazed Fruit Salad looks like it would add not only a little sweetness but also another element of flavor. Both orange and vanilla go well with all fruits so that you could add in others beyond those suggested in this recipe. Bear in mind however that certain fruits will last longer and better when refrigerated than others.
5. Strawberry Pineapple Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips
I've never seen anything quite like this before, but I have fallen in love with the idea. This would be perfect for sharing with friends on a summer evening, and if you were hosting a bigger party, you could easily make multiple batches based on how simple they are.
Strawberries and pineapples are two of my favorite fruits, and also a match made in heaven. Something which I think could be a charming addition to this Strawberry Pineapple Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips, is passionfruit. Scoop out the inside of one or two passion fruits and toss together with the strawberry and pineapple to add yet another tropical twist. The idea of serving this fruit salsa along with cinnamon tortilla chips is genius and makes eating fruit fun.
6. Tipsy Red and Yellow Watermelon Salad
Melon is an epic fruit in many ways. It has its own unique but not too strong flavor, it's sweet but not too sweet, and it's juicy but not to the extent where it creates a mess. It's no wonder that it is much loved by many, and if you thought you were a fan of melon by itself then you've got to try this Tipsy Red and Yellow Watermelon Salad.
I can imagine this being delicious on its own of course, but also generously poured over cold sorbet. You could play around with different flavored liqueurs if you wanted to, as I feel that watermelon would take anything pretty well. The mint leaves will add a hint of freshness to balance out the boozy element.
7. Strawberry Cheesecake Fruit Salad
Cheesecake of any kind is one of my favorite treats, and seeing it transformed into a fruit salad style dessert has me intrigued.
This Strawberry Cheesecake Fruit Salad is, of course, not the healthiest of fruit salad recipes, but there's nothing wrong with treating yourself every now and again. The cheesecake aspect of the recipe is a regular vanilla flavor, which I love as it means any fruits will pair well with it. The graham cracker topping adds a much-needed crunch, bringing a new texture element to the otherwise soft and creamy dessert.
8. Cucumber, Basil, and Watermelon Salad
With this Cucumber, Basil and Watermelon Salad, comes another balancing act of sweet and savory flavors. This salad is full of Thai inspired flavors, with a dressing made of soy sauce, lime, and ginger, as well as a dusting of crushed peanuts on top. Although the dish itself is far from a traditional pad thai, these flavors are giving me similar vibes.
The addition of mango in this salad will bring an element of sweetness, along with the watermelon. There's subtle heat from the pepper, and the bright colors are to die for.
9. Mojito Fruit Salad
Don't worry, this Mojito Fruit Salad is, in fact, nonalcoholic, so it's suitable for the whole family. That said, you could easily throw in a splash of rum if it takes your fancy.
Mojitos are one of my favorite cocktails, simply because of how insanely refreshing and uplifting they are. Both lime and fresh mint add a beautiful fresh flavor to fruit salads when used separately, so I can't even begin to imagine how delicious it would be when they're added together. This recipe uses fresh berries as well as watermelon, which is always an excellent addition to a fruit salad as it absorbs all those yummy flavors and juices.
10. Creamy Grape Salad
I have never come across a Creamy Grape Salad, but in my hunt for the ultimate fruit salad recipes, I came across many different versions of it. It's about time I hop on the bandwagon with this one I reckon.
Something I love about this recipe is that it doesn't sound too sweet at all. Instead, it looks like it would be a wonderfully light dessert option. That golden brown sugar and pecan topping will be the perfect added crunch, and the recipe even suggests a couple of ways in which you could personalize the salad, like with candy bars or greek yogurt.
11. Very Berry Fruit Salad
You can't go wrong with an all-berry fruit salad in my opinion. We grow hundreds of strawberries and raspberries in the garden each summer, so I am pretty much always perfectly equipped to whip up a Very Berry Fruit Salad.
I tend to sprinkle a little icing sugar over the fruit salad, but I like this recipe's idea of using a lime and honey drizzle far better. Something I love about berry based fruit salads is that I find, for a few days anyway, they get better as time goes on. The juices of the different berries mix to create new flavors, so I advise that you make this a night before you plan to eat it and prepare to be amazed.
12. Winter Fruit Salad
I must admit I always struggle with fruit salads in winter far more than I do in summer. It's more challenging to make them exciting when you are working with fewer fruits, which are often less sweet than you might prefer.
I have never been a big fan of bananas in fruit salads, I feel their flavor can be somewhat overpowering, and their texture does not bode well amongst other, more juicy fruits. This Winter Fruit Salad doesn't use them when most others do, so it's already a winner for me. The pomegranate is a lovely addition and one I often forget about; it makes the salad look bejeweled.
13. Marshmallow Fruit Salad
Here's another fruit salad idea I had never heard of before. This Marshmallow Fruit Salad isn't one for the overly health conscious, but I can imagine it would be delicious, even maybe with a scoop of ice cream.
A couple of the fruits in this fruit salad are canned, which is convenient if you're in a rush or don't have access to certain fruits at certain times of the year, but I reckon it would work just as well if not better with all fresh fruit. The mini marshmallows would add an interesting texture to the fruit salad, as well as their heavenly flavor, and the sour cream will prevent it from bordering on overly sweet.
14. Creamy Cinnamon Apple and Walnut Fruit Salad
To me, there aren't many flavor combinations more comforting than apple and cinnamon. It makes me think of piping hot, freshly baked apple pies, and fond family memories.
This Creamy Cinnamon Apple and Walnut Fruit Salad is enough to evoke those feelings still, while being something fresh and different. I would never have thought to put dried cranberries into a fruit salad, but I might do so more often from now on, as I can imagine they would add a burst of tart sweetness. From crunch walnuts to chewy cranberries to crisp apple, this fruit salad will be a texture adventure.
15. Red White and Blue Fruit Salad
Jicama, the ingredient which makes the ‘white' of this Red White and Blue Fruit Salad, is not something I have ever heard of before. You never know until you try, however, and it certainly does the job of completing the artistic side of this fruit salad.
Another somewhat unexpected ingredient which accompanies the more traditional blueberries and watermelon, is feta cheese. When I first saw this on the list of ingredients, I wasn't sure what to think, but the more I thought about it I realized that it would add just the right amount of saltiness without being overpowering. There's also a hint of chili powder in this recipe, meaning there will be the slightest background heat coming through.
16. Berry Quinoa Salad
This recipe takes a traditional berry fruit salad and turns it into a substantial and healthy snack, or light meal, by adding quinoa. I can imagine this making the most delicious breakfast, especially in the warmer months when you can sit outside under the morning sun to enjoy it. A couple of spoonfuls of this fruit salad would also taste great atop a bowl of yogurt.
This Berry Quinoa Salad is again full of various textures, with the crunchy roasted almonds contrasting with the soft, juicy berries. It comes along with a zesty citrus honey dressing, including all the citrus fruits you could ever dream of as well as fresh mint and basil.
I can already tell that my summer will be packed with fruit salads, and none of them will be as dull as those I have put together in previous years. Now that I have been awakened to the world of fruit salad glazings and dressings, there is no going back.
I am particularly drawn to the idea of the Mojito Fruit Salad, not only because my favorite cocktail inspires it, but because of all that fresh mint in it. The Orange Vanilla Glazed Fruit Salad also looks particularly delicious and of course incredibly simple to make.
Do you prefer to eat fruit salad on its own or as an accompaniment to a dessert? What's your personal secret to making the best fruit salad?