What’s that momma? Red Fruit Salad? Are you saying we are having fruit salad today? Is it Christmas? Was there a sale on fruit? No, boys, we are having a red fruit salad for dinner tonight because you love red grapes, your dad loves strawberries, and plumcots are in season! And yep, they are all read, and honestly, what goes with everything??? Fruit Salad! On that cheerful note, friends, today I am sharing a family favorite for later summer, a simple red fruit salad recipe that is crowd-pleasing good!
Red Fruit Salad
Red Fruit Salad is probably the cutest recipe for the summer holidays because it is festive and, well, RED. It is so simple to make, wash the fruit, cut, put in a bowl, add a little citrus to jazz it up, and BAM!, yummy fruit salad, color-coordinated, in a bowl, ready to eat.
Fruit Salad Ingedrients
What can you pack what fruit should you use in red fruit salad? Start with what is seasonal, what is red, and seasonal. I like to look at the produce in the farmers’ market or at Whole Foods or my local grocer and choose what is fresh and plump and juicy.
I also always keep in mind what my family’s favorites are and in this family everyone loves grapes! Their second favorites are strawberries and watermelon. You can add any red fruit you love! If you are team raspberry, then toss in some raspberries! If you love to sprinkle pomegranate seeds on everything, then sprinkle a few seeds on top of your version of this easy fruit salad! The sky is the limit. It just needs to have a pink, reddish hue. ( Otherwise, you have mixed fruit salad, which is totally fine!)
Tips For This Easy Fruit Salad
Basically, the ultimate guide to this amazing, festive fruit salad.
- Pick seasonal red fruits, and yes, they can be a pink variant. The color is important but picking the best fruits is essential for taste!
- Add some fresh citrus juice, oranges, lemons, of limes. My favorite is lime juice.
- Add orange, lime, or lemon zest to kick it up a notch.
- For the herb lovers, add a small 1/4 of torn basil or fresh mint as a garnish! Mmm, I love mint everything. (The kids might frown y’’ll, so maybe let them have a serving before you go Captain Green Jeans on their fruit salad).
- Remember to keep this easy recipe simple! Less is more, adding too many variants will change the whole red fruit salad vibe!
- Serve this easy fruit salad recipe at room temperature.
Red Fruit Ideas
- Red Grapes
- Red Plums
- Fresh Strawberries
- Red Cherries
- Pomegranate Seeds
- Raspberries (These berries have a very distinct flavor, may not be a favorite to the kiddos, have them try first)
Picky Eater Tip
- Allow the picky eaters in your house to choose at least one of the fruit choices of the red fruit salad.
- Having a color-themed recipe could be a plus for a kid who loves the color red. Allowing a favorite fruit will make the meal a happier experience for all.
- I love the contrast of the blue and white pattern bowl with this fresh fruit salad, a white platter or bowl would also look amazing.
- Add your fresh basil leave or mint right before serving time.
- Put aside a few fresh red strawberries to add to each dinner plate if serving with a protein or other salads.
- A little drizzle of balsamic glaze can add an extra flavor layer, especially if paired with grilled meat.
- For special brunches or picnics, use the core of a halved juicy watermelon as the container and fill with cookie-cutter-shaped watermelon along with the festive red fruit.
When to serve this flavorful fruit salad?
- Breakfast: A perfect fruit dish for breakfast! Serve with toast and eggs, or as a topping on pancakes or waffles.
- Brunch: Make-ahead brunch casseroles will be even more tempting with a side of this beautiful salad.
- Lunch: Serve leftovers with salad greens and luscious chopped nuts, like pecan or Macadamia, with balsamic vinegar, a squeeze of orange juice and maple syrup or brown sugar dressing.
- Dinner: Serve with baked chicken or fish, add a squeeze of lemon juice or fresh lime juice, and perhaps some of these amazing green beans, and dinner will be healthy and delicious.
- Healthy Desserts: Amp up the healthy in desserts with this good fruit salad, top simple Angel Food Cake, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a yummy treat.
- Holiday Dinners and Special Occasions: Truly is the perfect side dish to have because it is not fussy, is a healthy recipe, and is beautiful in a large bowl or a gorgeous platter. Who doesn’t love to have beautiful red berries on their table?
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- 1 pound of strawberries (around 20 berries) rinsed, hulled, and halved
- 2 cups red grapes - washed and halved
- 4 plumcots - washed and seed removed and cut in bite-sized pieces.
- (optional) Right before serving, squeeze the juice of a half a small orange, around 1/8th of a cup.
Prepare your fruits.
- Rinse strawberries under cold water in a colander for 10 to 20 seconds. Pat dry. Using a strawberry huller or a sturdy straw hull the strawberries. Cut in halves.
- Rinse red grapes and pat dry. Cut into halves.
- Rinse and pat dry plumcots or red plums. Remove the pits before slicing. Cut in half around the seam to the pit. Twist the halves in opposite directions to separate them. Pull out the pit. Or you can make cuts with a paring knife toward the center and then around the pit, lifting out each slice.
- Optional: 1/8 cup freshly squeezed orange juice.
- This fruit salad recipe is best served room temperature.
- If adding a the orange juice, or a squeeze or two of lemon or lime juice do so right before serving.
- Use any red ripe fruits to keep the fun red color theme of this salad! Watermelon, cherries, pomengrante seeds, and raspberries are great examples.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 28Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 0g