Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fruit Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing - Easy


















Fruit salad is very easy to make ... especially if you have someone else make it.  But to really make it easy, especially if you don't have any spare friends of the bride to delegate to, just omit the cantaloupe that you bought because only 3 fruits didn't seem like enough at the time while you were at the local try-n-save stocking up on picnic produce but after assembling the salad it looked like you would have plenty enough to serve everyone who showed up at the local park the same time you did instead of just the 8 people invited, so you left said cantaloupe in the very lovely sterling fruit basket given as a wedding gift earlier by said spare friend.

Strawberries are rather perishable, so this is not a recipe that can be made too far in advance.  Make this salad the same day you plan to serve it.

To be honest, I prefer grapes with seeds.  I think the flavor gene is attached to the seed gene.  When seeds were bred out, the flavor went with it.  But the idea of standing there, cutting out the seeds in order to make enough for more than two people, would take an entire day (or at least feel like an entire day) ... even if you can convince a spare friend to do the job for you.  So I settle for grapes of the seedless persuasion.

Leave out the dressing if you wish, but you will be missing out on its sweet-citrus flavor that enhances the taste of the fruit.   Not to mention the lovely gloss it adds.  Remember ... people also taste with their eyes.

Fruit Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing - Easy
Yield: enough for a crowd

1 pt. container strawberries
1 pt. container blueberries
1  bunch (about 1 1/2 lbs.) seedless grapes (green, red or a mixture of both)
1/4 cup honey
juice from 2 limes (about 2-3 tablespoons)


Rinse strawberries, blueberries and grapes.  

Gently pat dry the fruit.  Hull strawberries, then cut each in half; if large, cut into quarters.

Remove stems from blueberries, if any.

Remove grapes from stems.

Gently combine  all three in a large bowl or aluminum tray.  Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together honey and lime juice.  Pour over fruit.  


















Refrigerate until ready to serve. 

63 comments:

Kristen said...

Adding honey and lime ZEST to any fruit is incredible too!

Mom's Small Victories said...

I made this for Easter dinner, served it in a waffle bowl for adults and an ice cream cone weighted down with jellybeans (an idea off pinterest). I told the kids they had to eat the fruit to get to the jellybeans (just 6 jellybeans) and they all ate it first and wanted seconds! Simply delicious fruit salad, and I added mango and cantaloupe since they were on sale instead of blueberries. Thanks!

Patsy said...

Sounds light and refreshing. I am a new follower! Patsy

Anonymous said...

I also add poppyseed to the dressing :)

vicki brooks said...

Made this last night...with some changes. I used strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, apple and pear. AMAZING! Awesome summer picnic dish!

Anonymous said...

cindy simmons sounds great ,gonna try it soon.

Anonymous said...

I added a mango to it too! Ah. May. Zing.

Anonymous said...

I Love this! I made a few changes as well. I added watermelon, kiwi, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries! The kids will Love it!!

Anonymous said...

This is so easy and sounds so good.. Its a win win... Gonna try it for our family reunion.. thanks.

BrOoKe said...

Made this and it was a hit! We used watermelon, fresh pineapple,Mangos & strawberries!

Dena said...

This looks amazing!

Kim said...

Yum! Looks delish.

Anne said...

I made this last night for dessert & it was a hit!

Patti W said...

Just made it. Bringing to summer potluck. Thanks. Found it through pinterest.

Anonymous said...

how many people will this feed? Making it for my Mom's BD---expecting to feed around 50--will this be enough?

dena said...

This makes about 12 half-cup servings. The amount you should make depends upon how polite your guests are (some take more, some take less), how many other desserts are offered and the fact that not everyone eats fruit.

Anonymous said...

I do almost the same recipe only I add 1/2 cup chopped mint and 2 TBSPs of grated ginger.

Mahoganydiva said...

I just made this and it is soooo delish. YUUUUUUM!!! This will be a regular dish for me. ; )

Dawn said...

This sounds delicious! The dressing gives a nice little extra touch to the fruit. I have always made my fruit salad plain, I am definitely going to try it with this easy dressing :)

Melissa said...

Just made this for a work potluck - came out great! Thanks for the recipe!

dena said...

Thanks, everyone!

Amy Romero said...

That sounds so yummy. It actually sounds like and aphrodisiac. MMMMM!!!!!

Mary G said...

Sounds delightful. One VERY important note though. You should NEVER put a citrus dressing in an aluminum pan. It will interact with the aluminum and leach the metal into the food. Ingested Aluminum is considered a dangerous contributor for Alzheimer's disease.

I'd add bananas to this recipe too, for the texture. And maybe raspberries or blackberries. YUM.

dena said...

Your view was first mentioned back in the 60s and 70s. But current medical and scientific studies have failed to confirm any role for aluminum in causing Alzheimer’s. Few believe that everyday sources of aluminum, such as antiperspirants and pots & pans pose any health threat.

Anonymous said...

Top, then stir in Granola. Only to be added last minute.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing. Can't wait to try. Librarians are the best!

LyrialZander - Restless Muse said...

Regardless of if you believe there are health risks, it still makes the fruit have a metallic taste that distracts from the true flavor. Just like when you let tomato sauce sit in a pan too long. Yuck.
This recipe sounds amazing, I'm gonna try it. With grapes with seeds, as long as you know they are there and you are not wondering what you are crunching on it's fine. Grape seeds are very good for you!

Anonymous said...

Use Some frozen limeade!!!! Delicious!!!

Lisha said...

Add chopped mint leaves to the dressing and it puts iy over the top! Yum!!

Anonymous said...

Substituting maple syrup for the honey gives it another great- kick flavour!

Anonymous said...

can you make this the night before??

dena said...

This salad is best served the same day you make it. But if you need to make this in advance, cut up the fruit, them store each separately in the fridge the night before. The next day, just before you are ready to serve (or cart elsewhere), combine the fruits, then whisk and pour the dressing over the salad.

Anonymous said...

Just made this FABULOUS fruit salad, absolutely LOVE IT!!! Will be a go to item from now on. I added the zest of one of the limes for extra pop. Thank you for posting.Mo

Anonymous said...

Wish this was available on Pinterest!!!!

dena said...

The photo IS on pinterest, along with a few others from this blog and others: http://pinterest.com/ohyoucook/recipes/

Anonymous said...

made this for my family and they loved it!cant wait to try this with other fruit.

muffinsandmocha said...

I made this recently for friends and it turned out really good!!! THANKYOU! so colorful. It reminded me of summertime!

Anonymous said...

I always make this fruit salad but never made it with any dressing. Thanks and I will be definitely putting the lime/honey dressing on mine next time.

Anonymous said...

I made it with raspberries instead of blueberries. It's amazing although next time I'll use more limemjuice

Anonymous said...

I used strawberries, apples, mandarin oranges, and pineapple. The mix of the citrus with the sweetness, and then the strong (almost a slight ferment) was amazing!!!!! a must try!!! the colors are grogeous mixed too!

jaust.me said...

Be careful if this is going to a potluck. Lots of people give their babies fruit, but they shouldn't have honey.

Jane Graham said...

Am making this for pre super bowl dinner

Pam McFarland said...

Just found this on Pinterest....love the recipe. Gorgeous and yummy. Thanks for sharing!
Pam @ The Patriotic Pam

Mary Ellen said...

I agree - an unnecessary risk. Most people do not realize how much aluminum they consume per day especially with baking powder and items with baking powder.

Faigie said...

Just found this recipe on Pinterest... it's on the "popular" page today! It looks great; can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing! Faigie @ Diary of a Crafty Cook

dena said...

Wow! I'll have to go look right now. Thanks for letting me know.

Jessie said...

Has anyone tried substituting lemon juice for the lime? How did that turn out?

Louisa said...

My teenage daughter took this to her banquet (potluck)dinner last night. She made it up a few hrs ahead of time with the glaze, folded it lightly, covered it with plastic wrap, and popped it in the fridge until time to leave. The hardest part was staying out of it! It looked amazing and smelled heavenly too.
It kept beautifully and the natural juices from the fresh fruit blended with the honey-lime glaze wonderfully. A light folding right before serving and it tasted FABULOUS! It was a HUGE hit! She used my biggest glass bowl( which is BIG )and it was cleaned up in not time at all.
Thank you for the recipe - it will be one of our favorites.

dena said...

Glad your daughter (and everyone else) enjoyed it!

Tammy Allard said...

What would you recomend to use instead of lime juice? Would lemon juice work, or even some orange juice? Going to make this for a family birthday/mothers day get together this weekend! Thank you for posting this.

dena said...

I love the tartness of lime juice, but not everyone does, so feel free to use lemon, orange or even pomegranate juice. You might have to tinker with the quantities, but taste-testing is part of the fun and joy of cooking ... even when no cooking is involved. Since it's easier to add than subtract, start out with a tablespoon of whatever juice you use, then add more, a teaspoon at a time until you reach perfection.

Jenny Hulett said...

I am a baker. But for my church potluck because of my last name I was in the "bring a fruit or vegi" category. Yikes! Searched the web and found you!! YEAH!!! This was so easy and so yummy! We added sliced kiwi. We also used both red and green grapes. My teen daughter helped me make this. She doesn't like lime or honey but loves this dish! It was a HUGE hit! Thanks!

dena said...

Glad you and your church group enjoyed it!

Jamie Golden said...

I just made it last night and really liked it! Made the fruit more special! Did give the fruit a glossy look and the fruit tasted juicier because of the yummy honey-lime. Would do it again! I added raspberries to the strawberries/blueberries/green grapes. :) :) :)

Jamie Golden said...

I made it last night and really like it! It tasted so much juicier actually with the honey-lime added (and did look glossier)! Couldn't get enough! I used strawberries/blueberries/green grapes/raspberries. :) Easy to prep! I WOULD MAKE IT AGAIN :) :) I mixed it all in a glass bowl, because of the comments above on aluminum. Fit fine!

RT and M said...

I made it for a fourth of July breakfast and ended up washing the dressing off of the fruit. I used strawberries, grapes, and cantaloupe, and the combination of cantaloupe and honey was awful.

S O'K said...

I made this for a party. I knew some people had diabetes, so I made one bowl plain fruit and one bowl with the dressing. Same fruit in both bowls. The fruit with the dressing was devoured and the plain bowl was still more than half full. Teenagers were drooling over the fruit. I finally dumped the plain fruit into the empty fruit bowl that still had some dressing in it.

cathy@my1929charmer said...

I added chopped walnuts, added a nice crunch to the salad.

Anonymous said...

Dies the lime keep the apple from browning?

dena said...

If you added apple (which is not in the original recipe), it would hold off the browning for a few hours.

crad said...

I tried this last year for my granddaughter's first birthday. It was the first thing gone and everyone was asking if there was any more...delicious and beautiful too! I added blackberries. I also made it for work for a potluck where there were 2-3 other fruit salads..same result. This is a keeper!

dena said...

So glad you enjoyed it!

diana jane cervantes said...

Thanks to your post, now I'm craving on fruit salad. I wanna try to combine frozen fruits and vegetables with Honey-Lime Dressing. I wonder what I taste, I'm very excited to do it. Cheers!

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