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This quick and easy fresh Fruit Salad recipe with Honey Lemon dressing is the perfect addition to any meal! Fresh berries are lightly glazed with a simple syrup that is bursting with citrus flavor. It’s fast enough for a weekday morning, but special enough for entertaining!

Front shot of half of a bowl of fresh fruit salad close up

Is it me, or are you ready for some bright, fresh produce? If there’s something that just screams “spring” to me, it’s a fresh fruit salad recipe loaded with berries and lemon!

This salad looks and sounds fancy, but it’s SO easy. Plus, it’s just the perfect addition to any meal — breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, or dessert!

What fruit can go together in a bowl?

There’s not really a wrong way to make a fruit salad, but plenty of fresh berries are always a popular choice! I’ve used a combination of the following ingredients:

  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes

It’s truly the perfect blend of flavors, colors and textures!

Overhead shot of blue and white bowl full of fresh fruit salad recipe

How to prepare a fruit salad recipe:

Slice the strawberries and halve the grapes. Toss the washed fruit together in a bowl and set aside. Then it’s time for the dressing!

Honey Lemon Fruit Salad Dressing:

The fruit salad syrup on this fresh dish highlights the delicious flavor in the fruit. It’s truly the icing on the cake — and it only requires about 5 minutes of your time!

You’ll need the zest of 2 lemons. When zesting fruit, be sure that you’re just scraping off that thin outer peel. You don’t want to get any of the white pith underneath the peel (because the pith is bitter), so you’ll want to constantly turn the lemon as you grate off the peel.

Zesting lemon on cutting board

Combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, honey and water in a small saucepan.

Fruit salad dressing in a saucepan

Bring the mixture to a boil and then simmer for 3-5 minutes. The dressing will obviously be hot, so you’ll need to let it sit and cool for at least 25 minutes before adding it to your fruit salad.

Honey lemon fruit salad dressing in a glass measuring cup

Pour the lemon simple syrup over the fruit and then refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.

Pouring dressing over fruit salad

Can fruit salad be made ahead?

Yes! This salad can be prepared and dressed up to 24 hours in advance. The berries will start to break down as they sit in the dressing; however, so if you want the fruit to stay fresh longer, just wait to add the dressing until you’re ready to serve.

How long does fruit salad last?

Once you add the dressing, the fruit salad will keep in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

If you wait to add the dressing until you’re ready to serve, the fruit will stay fresh for 3-5 days.

Bowl of fresh fruit salad with lemons in the background

Can fruit salad be frozen?

I do NOT recommend freezing this fruit salad. When thawed, the berries will have a mushy texture.

How much fruit salad per person?

If serving a crowd, it’s safe to assume at least 4 ounces of fruit salad per person. This recipe contains approximately 40 ounces of fruit, so it will serve about 10 people. Obviously, larger appetites will require larger servings!

Bowl of fruit salad with a serving spoon in the dish

Cook’s Tips and Recipe Variations:

  • This recipe is just a basic guide. You can use any combination of fruit that you like. Try adding melon balls, kiwi fruit, or sliced banana. Or just pick a couple of berries. You’ll just want a total of about 6-8 cups of fruit for this quantity of dressing.
  • If you’re feeding a larger crowd, double the ingredients! Prepare twice as much dressing and use about 14 cups of fruit!
  • For a nice finishing touch, garnish the salad with extra lemon zest or fresh mint leaves just before serving.
  • Want a canned fruit salad instead of a fresh fruit salad? Use about 7 cups of drained, canned fruit and toss with the honey lemon dressing.

Close overhead shot of half a bowl of fresh fruit salad recipe with honey lemon dressing

Add this beautiful fruit salad to your Easter brunch menu, to your family’s favorite Saturday morning breakfast, or to a weeknight dinner. I promise, you will NOT be disappointed!

Other easy fruit salad recipes and ideas that you might enjoy:

Square side shot of honey lemon fruit salad dressing on a bowl of fresh berries.

Honey Lemon Fruit Salad Dressing

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Chilling Time 25 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings 7 cups
Calories 92 kcal
This fresh fruit salad with honey lemon dressing is a beautiful addition to any meal!



  • Zest from 2 lemons
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons water


  • 1 lb. strawberries, sliced
  • 6 ounces blueberries
  • 6 ounces raspberries
  • 6 ounces blackberries
  • 1 cup grapes, halved



  • Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil.
    Process shot showing how to make fruit salad dressing.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for approximately 5 minutes, whisking regularly, until the dressing thickens slightly. Set the dressing aside and allow it to cool completely (at least 25 minutes).
    Honey lemon fruit salad dressing in a glass measuring cup.


  • Wash and dry the fruit. Gently toss together all of the fruit in a large bowl.
    Fresh summer berries in a colander


  • If serving the salad right away (or within 1-2 hours), pour the dressing over the fruit and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. If you plan to serve the salad later (within about 2-24 hours), it's best to wait and add the dressing until just before serving. This way the fruit stays fresh longer.
    Pouring fruit salad dressing over a bowl of fresh fruit.
  • Garnish with additional lemon zest just before serving, if desired.
    Horizontal side shot of a blue and white bowl full of fruit salad with honey lemon dressing.


  • When zesting fruit, be sure that you're just scraping off that thin outer peel, which is where you'll find all of the flavorful essential oils. Don't scrape off any of the bitter white pith underneath the peel.
  • If you're adding bananas to the salad, wait and stir them into the mix just before serving. Otherwise bananas have a tendency to turn brown as they sit. Creamy and naturally sweet, bananas lend a soft texture and a touch of extra sweetness.
  • Wait to add the dressing until just before serving. This will help the fruit stay fresh longer, since it will break down and macerate faster in the sweet dressing.
  • For a nice finishing touch, garnish the salad with extra lemon zest or fresh mint leaves just before serving.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 92kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 244mgFiber: 4gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 95IUVitamin C: 56mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 0.7mg
Keyword: best dressing for fruit salad, dressing for fruit salad, fruit salad dressing, fruit salad dressing recipe, fruit salad dressing with honey
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan

This recipe was originally published in March, 2015. It was updated in March, 2019.


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  1. Wow…now I’m craving your amazing fruit salad…can’t wait to make some for my family!

  2. I love fresh fruit! This salad looks so refreshing. And the honey lemon dressing sounds phenomenal!

  3. Just a beautiful fruit salad, wish I could have one in front of me right now.
    Pinned, thanks for sharing.

  4. 5 stars
    Looks so delicious, beautiful images well done. Thanks for sharing with us for The Sunday Brunch Magazine, So nice to see you, Bel & Eliza x