Summer fruit salad with lime-mint dressing

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Summer fruit salad packed with juicy, ripe and colorful fruit dressed in a zingy lime-mint dressing makes the perfect easy, healthy breakfast.

Summer fruit salad with lime-mint dressing

As I sit writing this, I am wearing a thick sweater, fluffy socks and drinking a steaming mug of tea. Yep friends, it’s officially autumn in South Africa. And while I am absolutely ecstatic that the colder months have arrived, I am a little sad that recipes like this one won’t be featuring much around these parts for a while. And to bid summer adieu, I thought what better way to do it than my staple fruit salad?

Summer fruit salad with lime-mint dressingI absolutely LOVE making this summer fruit salad with lime-mint dressing at any chance I get. Breakfast parties, lazy lunches, health-ish desserts. This fruit salad has featured in them all. What I love so much about this fruit salad is that it’s the kind of thing I make an hour or two before I plan on serving it and it just waits around patiently until I’m ready for it. I also get to use any and all the fruit I have in my fruit bowl and during summer that’s a LOT of fruit. Stone fruit, fresh pineapple, juicy mangoes, kiwi fruit, berries, melons. They all make an appearance. This version was designed by my kids and includes all of their favourite fruit (except for watermelon, the season is sadly over). Raspberries, strawberries, pineapple, mango, grapes and fresh banana (added just before serving to prevent browning) make this the summeriest of fruit salads. I mean, just look at it. Don’t you want to dive right in?

Summer fruit salad with lime-mint dressingThe lime-mint dressing adds just the right amount of zing to the sweet, juicy fruit and the mint adds a little added fragrance. I combined the lime juice with the juice of 1 orange but you could use apple juice, passion fruit juice or grape juice if you prefer. A little drizzle of honey adds sweetness which is totally optional but you know, why not? Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert or as is with some thick Greek yoghurt for a healthy breakfast, this fruit salad is just all kinds of awesome.

Summer fruit salad with lime-mint dressing
 
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Summer fruit salad packed with juicy, ripe and colorful fruit dressed in a zingy lime-mint dressing makes the perfect easy, healthy breakfast.
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Recipe type: Fruit salad, Breakfast, Dessert, Vegetarian, Vegan
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 large pineapple, peeled and chopped into bite-sized chunks
  • 2 ripe mangoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups grapes (sliced, if preferred)
  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 2 cups raspberries
  • 3 kiwi fruit, peeled and chopped
  • 2 bananas, sliced
for the lime-mint dressing
  • juice of 1 orange
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tablespoon mint, finely chopped
  • ½-1 teaspoon honey (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Add the banana just before serving to prevent browning.
  2. To make the dressing, combine all the ingredients and mix well.
  3. Pour over the salad just before serving.

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  • Theresa
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    Made this for dessert today and served it with a drizzle of cream. My kids went crazy for it and I loved the dressing. It added so much flavor. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’ll definitely be making it all through summer.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Oh yay! I’m so glad you and your kids loved this recipe Theresa. It’s such a great stand-by to have on hand.

  • Jenni
    Reply

    Your photos are so pretty! That plate is gorgeous. Where did you find it?

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Thanks so much Jenni! I found that dish at a market a few weeks ago so not sure where you would be able to find another, I’m afraid.

  • Nadia
    Reply

    This fruit salad looks so tasty. My husband hates mint, what can I replace it with?

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Thanks Nadia. My husband also hates mint so I usually just take out a bit of the salad for him and dress it with just orange and lime juice. If you want a different herb to do this with, thyme works beautifully with fruit and will give a bit of a different flavour to the whole thing.

  • Sam
    Reply

    Wow! That is just summer in a bowl, isn’t it? So pretty Alida!

  • Reply

    Oh, those colors are just beautiful Alida! Your photos are stunning! I can’t wait until we can get fruit like that this summer! Just a few short weeks away. Happy Mother’s Day!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Thank you so much Mary Ann. 🙂 Happy Mother’s day to you too! Hope your boys spoil you rotten.

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