Chowhounds have many ways of adding extra zing to fruit salad.

Add a splash of liqueur (especially something fruity) or a teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract. Lime juice is a universal favorite.

Toasted coconut, candied ginger, or pomegranate seeds make nice mix-ins. Finely grated lime, lemon, or orange zest makes a world of difference, says missclaudy.

Fresh mint is a natural complement to fruit, but other herbs, like basil, lemon balm, and lemon thyme, are also unexpected and delicious with fruit.

hypertomatoes likes to add a drizzle of honey, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a splash of lime juice. Brandon Nelson uses a little vinegar and a pinch of sugar, especially if the fruit isn’t quite fabulous on its own.

Many like to add a spicy element to their fruit salads, from the barest sprinkle of chile powder to a very finely chopped jalapeño. taryn adds a bit of cumin, salt, red onion, and cilantro to fruit salads, and says it’s a nice play of flavors against the sweet and bright quality of fruits, and is especially good with pineapple, honeydew, and peaches.

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