Put a delicious spin on your next summer gathering by learning how to make Fruit Salad step by step with a super-secret and unexpected ingredient. Simply mix together your favorite fresh summer fruits to enjoy a naturally sweet salad. This salad is a hit at parties!
Why I Love Making This Summer Fruit Salad
I love summer fruits – all the berries and tropical fruits, vine picked, fresh from the trees or patches. Watermelon smells delicious and together the combination of juices create a tasty dessert. Summers in the Midwest aren’t long so we have to enjoy fruits in the season as often as we can. This post shows you how to make a fruit salad step by step so you have a great way to up a bunch of different fruits and be able to share it with others.
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Putting Together A Fruit Salad with a Twist
This is such a perfect salad for summer!
Throw a ton of fruit into a giant bowl. So technical, right? I used strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, pineapple, grapes, cantaloupe and watermelon.
Add juice from 1 lemon.
And then throw in a little something that’ll make people say, “Mmm, what IS that?!” Dry pudding mix! I used vanilla flavor, but feel free to experiment!
Mix it all together and chill until you are ready to serve. Enjoy!
Have a great week!
Check Out My Other Fruity Salads
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Fruit Salad With A Twist
- 1/2 watermelon seeded and chopped
- 1/2 cantaloupe chopped
- 1 pineapple chopped
- 16 oz strawberries hulled and chopped
- 2 cups grapes
- 1 pint blueberries
- 12 oz raspberries
- 1 lemon juiced
- 1/4 cup vanilla pudding mix dry, instant version
- Combine all fruit in a large bowl. Squirt the lemon juice over the top and carefully mix in the pudding mix. Chill until ready to serve.
I took this to a picnic/dinner and everyone loved it. I will make it again.
So glad it was enjoyed, Bev! It’s definitely a delicious salad I don’t make often enough.
Several people have asked this question but it was never answered. Is the pudding mix instant or cook & serve?
Instant! Thank you for clarifying Laura.
Question?? Could i put dry vanilla in without the lemon or no??
Hi Heidi, good question! You can use water if you’d like. There’s liquid in the fruits you’re mixing, but you might need a little more to help mix the pudding in. I like the citrus component but if you don’t, that’s ok.
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Thank you so much for pointing this out, Sarah! It is now corrected!!
Going to try your fruit salad this weekend for a 1st Communion. Do you know how long it stays good in the fridge? I was hoping to prep Sat and serve Sun?
I would say do it same day of you want it fresher. Fruit will get to mushy/soggy (for my liking) if you let it sit over night. But maybe the lemon squeezed on it will help not do that….?
Thank you! I did not think of mushy fruit. I’ll do it early Sun 🙂
If I’m using a lemon juice concentrate, how much would you recommend adding?
Hi Madeline! Just a few small squirts will do!
Have you tried this with other fruit combos? Is there any fruit that it doesn’t taste good with?
Hi Jenni! Any fruit would work great with this twist. You can’t go wrong!!
Hi Marie! I use red, but green would be great, too!
What kind of grapes do you use? Green or red?
Hi Jennifer! I have never tried freezing this salad before serving. I would imagine that would work ok. Let me know if you try it! Good luck!
Just curious if you have tried freezing it before serving and if it worked? I want to make this for my sons birthday party this weekend and it is going to be crazy hot outside so I was wondering if freezing would help the fruit last longer. Or if I would just end up with a frozen lump of fruit stuck together. Thanks for the recipe!
Amber: The pudding mix doesn't make it syrupy sweet, it just gives the sweetness a hint of flavor. It is delicious!
Marilee: Either will work great!
Hope this helps, ladies!
cook and serve pudding mix or instant?
Does the pudding mix make the fruit salad really sweet and syrupy, like when you put sugar on fruit? I love fruit salad but I don't usually like it when sugar is added. I want my fruit salad to taste like fruit, not sugar!
Hi Karen! It might sound weird, but it is sooo good! It does make the fruit sweeter AND add a yummy flavor. Let it sit in the fridge for an hour and it's SO GOOD! Enjoy. 🙂
This sounds weird, to just throw in some vanilla pudding mix….dry. Does it make the fruit sweeter? Or just add a different flavor to the fruit? Does it taste better if eaten right away, or after an hour or two? Thanks
Hi Kat! The pudding mix you have will work great! Enjoy the salad AND the pool! Thanks for reading, too!
I'm going to try this today! Sounds really good.I
only have the cook and serve vanilla pudding mix on hand,
is that ok? Or does it gave to be instant? i have all the fruit as i
intend on taking some to the pool today. I love your recipes, I
LOVE to cook & glad I found your site.
I've had a sunroof fly off when I was getting on the highway, & had no idea where it went 😉 I'm thinking about trying this recipe for the forth, looks yummy. Thanks for posting.
Cool, I will have to try this