14 Modern Fruit Salad Recipes to Sweeten Up Your Menu

Peach-Tomato Salad
Photo: Buff Strickland

Spinach salad got you down? Pile your plate with a fresh fruit salad instead! Using seasonal fruit and easy, homemade dressings, we came up with 18 fabulous fruit salads that are perfect for your next meal.

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Cucumber-Honeydew Salad with Feta

Cucumber-Honeydew Salad with Feta

Sprigs of dill and chopped onion give this cucumber-melon fruit salad a Mediterranean vibe. Serve it in late summer or early fall when melons are at their best.

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Persimmon, Blood Orange, and Pomegranate Salad

Persimmon, Blood Orange, and Pomegranate Salad

You may not eat these fruits every day, but when you combine them with arugula and a fruity vinaigrette, you'll be craving this salad all the time. Make sure you section the citrus fruit for a beautiful (and better-tasting) plate.

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Peach and Tomato Salad

Peach-Tomato Salad
Buff Strickland

Garden-fresh tomatoes and juicy peaches combine in this delicious fresh fruit salad recipe. It'll pair perfectly with your next cookout meal. Finish this vibrant summer salad with feta cheese, toasted pecans, and fresh basil.

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Triple-Melon Salad

Triple-Melon Salad
Carson Downing

Get a triple dose of summer-fresh melon in this refreshing fruit salad recipe. Peppery arugula, tangy feta, and a homemade garlic vinaigrette really are the perfect savory additions to the sweet melons.

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Fresh Citrus and Cranberry Salad

Fresh Citrus and Cranberry Salad

The cranberries in this salad may make you dream of Thanksgiving dinner, but there's no reason why you can't enjoy this recipe anytime you want. If you serve this fruit salad at your holiday meal, it can be made up to two days in advance to save you time on the big day.

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Blackberry Salad with Creamy Feta

Blackberry Salad with Creamy Feta

Sweet, juicy blackberries hold court over pickled onions and salty feta in this umami-inspired fruit salad. A quick run in the food processor allows the feta to get whipped into a super creamy delight that's so good, you'll want to eat it with a spoon.

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Corn and Blueberry Salad

Corn & Blueberry Salad

Nothing says summer like sweet corn and fresh blueberries, and this salad has both (plus crunchy summer cucumbers!). Of course, such a bright salad needs an equally zesty vinaigrette, so we mixed together lime juice, olive oil, honey, and cumin.

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Spicy Fruit Salad

Spicy Fruit Salad, salad, fruit

Enjoy the sweet heat in every bite of this tropical-infused fruit salad filled with mangoes, strawberries, jicama, and jalapeño peppers. Layer up your salad in a trifle bowl so everyone can gaze at the colorful layers before digging in.

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Grains & Fruit Summer Salad

Grains & Fruit Summer Salad

Turn fruit salad into a main-dish meal by adding grilled salmon or chicken to this loaded recipe. To take this salad to the next level, use fresh summer produce from your garden or farmers market instead of store-bought blueberries, cherry tomatoes, and zucchini.

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Mango, Tomato, and Avocado Salad

Mango, Tomato & Avocado Salad

Yes, they're used in savory dishes more than sweet, but tomatoes and avocados belong to the fruit family, too. Here we've let them shine with sweet chunks of mango. If you want to add more veggies, you can serve this salad over a bed of lettuce leaves, but we love it all on its own.

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Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Salad

The gelatin mold is back, and trust us, this time it's chic. Vibrant slices of chilly watermelon gelatin are filled with fruit for an even juicier bite. Top with feta cheese for a savory contrast.

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Fennel and Orange Salad

Fennel and Orange Salad

Stop guests in their tracks with this stunning citrus-based fruit salad. Crisp bites of fennel are an easy but transformative ingredient, adding a fresh, anise-like flavor. Thanks to the short ingredient list, this side dish is ready in just 15 minutes.

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Honey Fruit Salad

Honey Fruit Salad
Blaine Moats

Want a classic fruit salad? This is your go-to recipe. Take bite-sized pieces of strawberries, apples, grapes, or whatever you've got on hand and toss them in our delightful fruit salad dressing made with honey and fresh mint. This one will go great on the weekend brunch menu.

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Grilled Fruit Couscous Salad

Grilled Fruit Couscous Salad

If you haven't already been adding grilled fruit to your recipes, now's your chance! Add a nice char to fresh plums and nectarines before tossing them in this quick and healthy fruit salad recipe.

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