How to Make a Summer Fruit Salad

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All it takes to make a good fruit salad are a few varied fruits at the peak of ripeness. Just about any fork-friendly fruit will make a good salad ingredient, but there are a few guidelines to keep in mind.

Things You'll Need

  • colanders
  • cutting boards
  • plastic food containers
  • fresh fruit
  • chef's knives
  • apple peeler
  • Plastic food containers
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Colanders
  • Cutting Boards
  • Apple Peeler
  • Chef's Knives
  • Choose the fruit carefully. Select only fruit that is fresh and ripe, but not overripe and soft.

  • Avoid fruits that would overwhelm other ingredients. Grapefruit, for example, will work well in a citrus medley but not with berries or delicate fruits.

  • Steer clear of fruits that might burst and stain the rest, like raspberries and blackberries.

  • Be wary of fruits that will oxidize, like apples. These can be used if they are cut and immediately mixed with an acidic fruit to prevent browning.

  • Strive for similar textures but different colors.

  • Peel and seed all fruit as necessary.

  • Cut the fruit in uniform sizes, as close to serving time as you can. If preparing the fruit ahead of time, store it in a colander over a bowl to allow it to drain so it doesn't become soggy.

  • Dress the salad, if desired, just before serving. Use only enough dressing to lightly coat the fruit (see Tips for dressing ideas).

Tips & Warnings

  • Fruit salad is fine as just a collection of cut fruit, berries and grapes, but there are many ways to dress it as well. One common dressing is to mix a few tablespoons of fresh lime juice with chopped fresh mint leaves and the juices that collect from the cut fruit.
  • Another dressing option is grenadine syrup mixed with orange juice.

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