Quick and Easy Fruit Salad Recipe
This quick and easy fruit salad recipe is sure to be a hit in your home. No summer is complete without a delicious fruit salad! During our time at home, we have been cooking more and trying out new recipes. One Sunday while I was preparing breakfast I decided to throw some ripen fruit into a bowl and serve it alongside our pancakes, eggs, and sausage. The fruit is inherently sweet but I wanted to add a hint of tang to the fruit salad. I decided to add a dash of lemon juice and the rest is history.
Over the past few months, I have perfected this salad and I thought I would share it with you. Please note that as a mom of three young children I understand the dilemma of a picky eater but the beauty of this fruit salad is that it appeals to even the pickiest of eaters. I made sure to include kid-friendly, sweet fruit and for my son Ethan, he just picks out the blueberries.
Three-step Fruit Salad
Making a fruit salad should not be complicated! For me, I have broken it down into three simple steps.
Choose your fruit
For this fruit salad, I chose strawberries, blueberries, and grapes. Each fruit provides a different layer of texture and taste.
- Strawberries: When choosing strawberries you want to make sure that they are bright in color and this includes the hull and stem. Avoid strawberries that have any dark, grey, or fuzzy white spots and they should be firm but give a little when squeezed.
- Blueberries: I’m a fan of smaller, plump blueberries because the taste of blueberry in this fruit salad is more complimentary. The darker in color and plumper the blueberry the sweeter they will be.
- Grapes: the darker the berry the sweeter the juice! Again make sure that your grapes are firm and not mushy.
Prepare the fruit
When preparing your fruit salad make sure to rinse off the fruit to rid it of any pesticides, dirt, or other environmental irritants. The easiest way to do this is to place the fruit in a strainer, rinse with cool water and shake off any excess water. It is ok to have some water remain on the fruit but it should not be drenched in water. The small amount of water left on the fruit will help make your simple syrup. We will talk about that shortly!
Now that your fruit is clean, it can all be combined in your mixing bowl or if you’re like me it goes straight into the serving bowl. The only fruit that will need to be cut is the strawberries. You will remove the stem and hull (the top green part) and then cut it into fourths. Once you have all the fruit in the bowl give it a quick stir to combine. Once that is done you are now ready for the final step.
Make “salad” dressing
The last step in preparing this easy fruit salad is the “salad dressing”. This simple dressing is a combination of your simple sugar and lemon juice. The simple sugar is made from the small amount of water left on the fruit and added white sugar. The last ingredient is lemon juice. You can use fresh or bottled lemon juice. The lemon juice adds a tartness that is both refreshing and unexpected. I promise you will love it!
Once you have dressed your salad cover with aluminum foil and let it cool in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours. The cooling will allow the flavors to blend, the simple sugar will thicken and the cooled fruit will be a delicious treat perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
- The beauty of a fruit salad is that you can add whatever fruit best suits your tastes. Always purchase fruit that is in season because it will help minimize the cost and the fruit will be sweeter and juicer.
- Should you have any leftovers, cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. My husband loves to take the fruit salad and add it to his yogurt with a handful of granola for breakfast.
- This fruit salad is made with fresh fruit. I would avoid frozen fruit because once the fruit is thawed it will be very mushy and watery. This will take away from the flavor and texture of the fruit salad.
Quick and Easy Fruit Salad
- 2 cups Strawberries
- 1 cup Blueberries
- 1 cup Grapes
- 1 tbsp White sugar
- 2 tbsp Lemon juice
- Place strawberries, blueberries, and grapes separately in a strainer and rinse with cool water.
- Shake off excess water and gently pat semi-dry.
- Leave a small amount of water on the fruit.
- Place fruit into a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Add sugar and lemon juice, stir to combine. I would recommend starting with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and adjust based upon your taste.
- Once all the ingredients are combined cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and let chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
- Serve and enjoy!