Mediterranean Fruit Salad (with Dressing)

Fruit salad is a great way to incorporate more fruit into your diet. This fruit salad is a combination of some of the most popular fruits of the Mediterranean that are appreciated by everyone and very easy to find. Let me introduce you to one of my favorite fruit salads that is vibrant, light and pleasantly sweet.

Fruit Salad Ingredients

Fruit salad is a very versatile dish that can be adapted depending on the season and what you have available. This version is perfect for summer, when fresh berries are in season. Here’s a list of ingredients you need to make my Mediterranean fruit salad. Be sure to use fresh fruit that is fully ripe (don’t use frozen fruit).

  • Strawberries: Strawberries are anyone’s favorite. They should have a vibrant red color, no mold or dark spots. Fresh green tops are a good indication for fresh strawberries.
  • Grapes: Firm and plump grapes (preferably seedless grapes). Red grapes work best for this recipe, but you could also use a combination of red and green grapes.
  • Apple: Apple is a base ingredient for many fruit salads (and smoothies). I usually opt for green apples for this fruit salad, as they are slightly sour (which I like). You could use a type of red apple too (which are usually less sour).
  • Blueberries: Plump juicy blueberries.
  • Orange: Oranges are one of my secret ingredients for this salad. They don’t just taste great, but their juice also adds flavor to the salad as a whole.
  • Pomegranate seeds (optional): For garnish you can use some pomegranate seeds. This is purely optional.
  • Dressing: A common fruit salad dressing is honey and a dash of lime juice (or lemon juice) to balance the sweetness. To level up this salad, I recommend adding rose water as well. It’s a popular ingredient in parts of the Mediterranean and the Middle East which is available in many countries worldwide. Rose water has a delicate floral flavor that goes extremely well with most spring and summer fruits. If you don’t have it available, you can omit it, but I strongly recommend you try it.

Quantities can be found in the recipe card at the end of this recipe and can be adjusted according to the amount of servings you’d like to make.

Fruit salad ingredients

How to Make Fruit Salad (Step-by-Step)

Ready to get cooking? Let’s get started! You’ll find the detailed step-by-step instructions below. For a shorter version (to print out), simply scroll down to the recipe card.

Step 1: Cut the fruit

Before you start, be sure to wash and pat dry the fruit (except for the orange)

We’ll be cutting all fruits, except for the blueberries.

You can cut the fruit in any order you like. I’m going to start with the strawberries. Cut off the stalk of the strawberries and cut them into halves or quarters (depending on their size). Add to a large bowl.

Core the apple (discard the core), and chop into fine cubes. Add to the bowl.

Cut the grapes into halves. Add to the bowl.

Cut off the top and bottom ends of the orange. Lay the orange flat on a cutting board, then trim off the peel (including the white bits) by cutting all around the fruit. Then roughly chop each segment. Place the orange in a bowl (together with the juices it releases while cutting it).

Add blueberries to the bowl.

Step 2: Prepare the dressing

For the dressing, squeeze a lemon (discard the seeds and the flesh). By the way, you can use fresh lime or lemon for the dressing, either works well.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the squeezed lemon juice, honey and rose water.

Step 3: Toss, garnish & serve

Add the dressing onto the fruit salad and toss to combine. Optionally, garnish with some pomegranate seeds for some more color and flavor. Serve immediately or cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Mediterranean fruit salad with dressing

How to Serve

Fruit salad is a true crowdpleaser that can be served at any occasion and at any time of the day. Traditionally, most people opt to serve it as a snack on hot summer days or as a dessert (along with cake, Baklawa and other sweets). It’s an all-time favorite for summer parties. I also like to serve fruit salad as part of a brunch table during spring and summer.

Make Ahead & Storage

Although this fruit salad comes together in less than 10 minutes, food prepping is often key, especially if you’re hosting. This fruit salad can be prepared a day in advance. When making it ahead of time, be sure to store the chopped fruit and the dressing in separate containers in the fridge. Toss just before serving.

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Mediterranean Fruit Salad (with Dressing)

Kitty Ramasamy
An easy and delicious fruit salad with a beautiful combination of colors and flavors. Vibrant and slightly sweet, perfect for summer time.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people
Calories 156 kcal

Ingredients
 

Fruit

  • 300 g (2 cups) strawberries
  • 150 g (1 cup) seedless grapes
  • 75 g (1/2 cup) blueberries
  • 1 apple red or green
  • 1 orange
  • 40 g (1/4 cups) pomegranate seeds optional

Dressing

  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp rose water
  • ½ Tbsp lemon juice or lime juice (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Wash all the fruit (except for the orange) and pat dry.
  • Cut off the stalk of the strawberries and cut them into halves or quarters (depending on their size). Add to a large bowl.
  • Core the apple (discard the core), and chop into fine cubes. Add to the bowl.
  • Cut the grapes into halves. Add to the bowl.
  • Cut off the top and bottom ends of the orange. Lay the orange flat on a cutting board, then trim off the peel (including the white bits) by cutting all around the fruit. Then roughly chop each segment. Place the orange in a bowl (together with the juices it releases while cutting it).
  • Add blueberries to the bowl.
  • Prepare the dressing: Squeeze a lemon (discard the seeds and the flesh). In a separate bowl, whisk together the squeezed lemon juice, honey and rose water.
  • Add the dressing onto the fruit salad and toss to combine.
  • Garnish with some pomegranate seeds (optional).
  • Serve immediately or cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Notes

  • Depending on the amount of servings, you’ll only need a dash of lemon or lime. The lemon/lime should balance out the sweetness. You won’t need an entire lemon, otherwise the salad will be too sour. Be sure to follow the indicated amounts. If you like it sweet, you can also leave out the lemon. 

Nutrition

Calories: 156kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 342mgFiber: 5gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 142IUVitamin C: 68mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is only a rough estimate and may vary depending on factors such as the cooking method, exact weight, type, and brand of ingredients used.

Keyword Fruit Salad, Fruit
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