I didn’t know fruit salads could be so delicious. This fruit salad recipe features ripe summer peaches, strawberries, blueberries and basil. That, plus a dash of maple syrup, lemon juice and balsamic vinegar for contrast.
This salad is a thousand times tastier than any fruit salad I encountered as a kid, and it’s practically exploding with vitamins and antioxidants. You won’t find any funny business here—no jello, no Cool Whip, no canned ingredients, and no sad, mushy bananas. Fresh summer fruit is better off without it!
You won’t find any refined sugar, either. Just one tablespoon of natural sweetener (maple syrup or honey) rounds out this salad and adds some extra flavor.
For someone who shares (and consumes) a lot of healthy recipes, I rarely get my four servings of fruit per day. As someone who wants to feel well and age gracefully, it’s time to up my fruit game. Vitamins and antioxidants are key.
If you, like me, could benefit from more fruit in your life, give this fresh fruit salad a shot. I truly couldn’t stop going back for more. Don’t worry, fruit fiends, this salad is for you, too! It’s the perfect use for your farmers’ market haul.
This fruit salad recipe makes a lovely snack, side dish or dessert. Serve it on its own, or add a dollop of whipped cream, or even some yogurt and granola. Please let me know how you like it.
Summertime Fruit Salad
- Author: Cookie and Kate
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 15 mins
- Yield: 6 servings
- Category: Side dish
This simple fruit salad recipe is fresh and healthy! It features strawberries, peaches and blueberries with a little balsamic vinegar and basil. It’s a delicious side dish or dessert (for dessert, you can serve it as is or add some whipped cream to make it more decadent). Recipe yields 6 side servings.
- 1 pound strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
- 3 medium peaches, thinly sliced (I peeled mine, but if you don’t mind the skin, you can leave it on)
- 6 ounces (1 cup) blueberries
- 1 heaping tablespoon fresh, chopped basil or mint
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 medium lemon)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- In a medium serving bowl, combine the strawberries, peaches, blueberries and basil. Drizzle the lemon juice, maple syrup and balsamic vinegar on top. Gently toss to combine.
- Serve immediately, or chill for later. This salad is best enjoyed promptly, but will keep well for about 2 days in the refrigerator (pour off excess juices if necessary).
Make it vegan: Be sure to use maple syrup, not honey.
Why buy organic? Strawberries are the worst offenders on the dirty dozen list this year, so please buy organic strawberries if possible. Peaches and blueberries tend to be treated with fertilizers and pesticides as well, so organic is best for those, too.