If you love fruit and healthy eating, this honey lime fruit salad is a delicious way to meet your needs. It contains a refreshing variety of fruits and the honey adds a touch of sweetness. A great alternative for those who want to cut down on processed sugar intake. So, if you are looking for a colorful dish for your menu or just a healthy snack, this honey lime fruit salad recipe is all you need.
Why Fruit Salad with Honey is a Great Idea
Making fruit salads with honey is a great idea for several reasons. The natural sweetness of the fruit used in the recipe is enhanced when combined with honey. This recipe really tastes good.
This combination is also very nutritious. The fruit provides many different vitamins and minerals – and of course fiber! This is a great way to get essential nutrients and support healthy digestion.
One of the best benefits of this recipe is the endless possibilities for combinations. Customize your honey lime fruit salad to suit the flavors your family likes best. This allows you to take advantage of more economical fruit that is currently in season.
This is a list of what I used in my fruit salad but you can, of course, customize it.
- red grapes
- mandarin oranges
- limes -juice
When choosing fruit, you want to select that which is ripe but not over-ripe. There should be no moldy or mushy spots on your strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, red grapes or kiwi.
If you use frozen blueberries, perhaps saved from last season. Be sure to let them thaw and strain out any extra liquid. Fresh blueberries are the best option if available.
I choose to buy a fresh pineapple that was already pealed and cored. It was only a $1 more and well work it.
For the mandarin oranges, canned works just as well as fresh and are easier to obtain and work with.
The limes will not be put into the salad ( though I guess you could). Choose limes that are ripe and have some give when squeezed. Honestly, I use bottle lime juice instead of fresh.
Preparation does not get much easier than this.
1. Wash and dry the fresh fruit. Cut out any blemishes or bad spots you find. It is important that your fruit be dry before you continue.
2. Remove the caps from the strawberries prior to cutting. Prepare your pineapple – if you buy one already cored, be sure to drain out any juice. Cut all the fresh fruit into bite-sized pieces. Combine all fruit into a medium-large bowl.
3. Zest the limes.
4. Prepare honey lime dressing. Pour over fruit and toss.
Expert Tips for Best Fruit Salad
*To get the best flavor, prepare right before serving. If time is a problem, you can prepare the fruit and dressing the day before. Store separately in the refrigerator and combine right before serving.
*This is best on day one but you can store in the fridge (in an airtight container) for another day or two (depending on the fruit used.)
*If you want to add bananas, be sure to choose firm, but ripe bananas and add just before serving. Another idea is to add in honeydew melon if one of the other fruits is not available.
The easy fruit salad can be served as a side dish or even dessert. It is a great energy boost for anyone who loves fresh fruit. Using honey in recipes is a great way to get this nutritious food in your diet.
You don’t need to use a lot of honey to make a big difference. The baking industry often uses honey as an ingredient because it helps baked goods retain moisture.
Easy Honey Lime Fruit Salad
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- 13 oz fresh strawberries, chopped
- 8 oz fresh pineapple, chopped
- 12 oz blueberries
- 12 oz red grapes – sliced in half
- 3 kiwis
- 3 mandarin oranges
Honey Lime Dressing
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 tsp lime zest
- 2 tbsp lime juice (fresh or concentrate)
- Wash and dry all fruit. The strawberries, pineapple and kiwis should be prepared and chopped into bite sized chunks or pieces. I used cored pineapple because it was only a $1 more than a regular one and worth the expense to me.Wash and drain the blueberries. Fresh is better but if you want to use frozen – be sure to let them thaw and drain away the juices.Wash and dry the red grapes and cut them in half. I chose to use canned mandarin oranges. Let all fruit drain well to reduce liquid.
- All all fruit into a large mixing bowl.
Honey Lime Dressing
- In another mixing bowl, whisk together the honey, lime zest and juice. You can squeeze fresh juice from your limes or use a concentrate.
- Poor honey lime dressing over the fruit in large bowl and gently toss to coat. Serve immediately.