We’ve all had enough hard, crisp, and flavorless mixes of sharp-cornered honeydew cubes, unyielding cantaloupe, and sour, frosted strawberries to never say yes to fruit salad again. It doesn’t have to be this way, people. Here are 11 recipes for fruit salads the way they should be.

1. Grilled Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad


This fresh, healthy summer salad balances sweet, tart, and salty, grilled watermelon, combines with feta, and mint. Get our Grilled Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad recipe.

2. Winter Fruit Salad with Pomegranates

Serious Eats

Crisp apples, oranges, grapefruit, ripe pear, and jewel-like pomegranate seeds. Save this cold-weather fruit salad for a holiday brunch or dessert after a particularly rich meal. Get the recipe.

3. Summer Stone Fruit Salad


An easy-to-make vanilla syrup coats fresh ripe nectarines or peaches, apricots, plums, and cherries. Pistachios add texture. Get our Summer Stone Fruit Salad recipe.

4. Spring Fruit Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

Cooking and Beer

The dressing for this gorgeous mix of blueberries, mango, blackberries, strawberries, and pineapple contains honey, orange, poppy seeds, and, as an optional enhancement, a bit of sour ale. Get the recipe.

5. Spicy Jicama, Grapefruit, and Mango Salad


For this healthy, refreshing salad that’s both sweet and savory, jicama combines with ruby grapefruit and mango with lime, cayenne pepper, and cilantro. Get our Spicy Jicama, Grapefruit, and Mango Salad recipe.

6. Summer Berry Salad


For this classic summer berry salad recipe, an orange-flavored syrup bathes ripe, sweet strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries. This is all about using ripe, seasonal, flavorful fruit, so buy the best you can find. Get our Summer Berry Salad recipe.

7. Layered Jello Fruit Salad

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You’re thinking: Seriously? But this multi-layered masterpiece of strawberries, bananas, and pineapple set in Jell-O is seriously good. Get the recipe.

8. Strawberry and Orange Salad with Citrus Syrup and Fresh Mint

Once Upon a Chef

Serve with shortcake and whipped cream for dessert, or as the star of a lovely weekend brunch in spring or summer. Get the recipe.

9. Grilled Fruit Salad with Lime Zest and Vanilla Sugar

Simple Bites

A seasonal fruit assortment (peaches, plums, pineapple, mango, or pears) are grilled in big pieces, then chopped and mixed with lime zest and juice and vanilla sugar. Get the recipe.

10. Triple-Melon Fruit Salad


Starchy salads always have their place at a picnic, but a refreshing fruit salad is welcome at any gathering. A touch of fresh mint and lime juice perks up this colorful three-melon combination. Get our Triple-Melon Fruit Salad recipe.

11. Grape Salad

Six Sisters’ Stuff

This rich, luxurious mix of different varieties of grapes, sour cream, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla is a Midwest holiday classic, though we like it in late summer, when the grapes are ripe and we crave something cool and refreshing. Get the recipe.

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