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5 Fast & Fancy Fruit Salads Everyone Will Devour at the Potluck

updated May 24, 2023
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Fruit salad is a summer staple. It’s perfect for potlucks and picnics and simply munching on at home, and, if you ask me, it’s the best way to celebrate peak summer produce. While it’s easy to toss together whatever’s in the fridge and call it a day, I urge you to treat yourself to more exciting and more beautiful fruit salads this summer.

Making a fruit salad that looks and tastes seriously impressive is easier than you think, and happens with just five ingredients. By choosing fruits that will create an eye-catching color scheme or simply changing up the way you slice them, you can create some show-stopping salads in mere minutes. Ready to see how it’s done?

Five (5-Ingredient) Fruit Salad Recipes

  • The fruit: Each salad calls for four to five types of fruit widely available at most grocery stores. By using peak summer fruit, these salads don’t need sugary syrups or dressings — they let the fruit shine on its own.
  • The extras: Each fruit salad has one little extra to make it stand out: toasted coconut flakes or chopped nuts for crunch, salty cheese for contrast, or the cut of the fruit.

Fast Fruit Salads

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Dragon Fruit Salad Recipe
The next time your fruit salad routine is feeling kinda stale, jazz things up with dragon fruit.
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Berry Pineapple Fruit Salad
This berry and pineapple fruit salad gets a fast and fancy twist with a gingergy, cinnamon-spiked simple syrup for a punchy, spiced kick.
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Sweet and Salty Watermelon Fruit Salad
Made with blackberries, sliced cucumber, lime juice, and feta, this watermelon fruit salad is equal parts sweet, salty, and savory.
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Mango and Papaya Fruit Salad

Mango, brings a very direct, rich sweetness that can sometimes feel a little custardy depending on how ripe it is, while papaya, even when ripe, offers a more mellow sweetness reminiscent of a melon or peach. Both are enhanced by a drizzle of sweet honey and the sharp splash of lime.

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Green Fruit Salad Recipe
Cubes of cool, mellow melon are tossed with sweet green grapes, star fruit, creamy avocado, and fresh mint for an easy fruit salad that looks and tastes impressive.
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