5 from 1 vote
Mint Julep Fruit Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
4 hrs 35 mins

Whether you're hosting a Kentucky Derby party, a bridal shower, or any other spring gathering, your guests are going to love the fresh lime-and-mint-infused simple syrup that dresses this sweet bowl of goodness (and yes...you can spike it with a dash of bourbon)!

Course: Side
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Bourbon Fruit Salad, fruit salad, Mint Julep Salad
Servings: 6 cups
Calories: 159.7 kcal
Author: The Seasoned Mom
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime zest
  • 1 cup loosely-packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1-2 teaspoons bourbon (optional)
  • 4 cups halved green grapes
  • 4 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
  • 24 maraschino cherries, drained from a jar
  • Optional garnish: whipped cream
Prepare the Dressing:
  1. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together sugar, lime zest, mint leaves, and water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Boil for one minute, stirring constantly.
  2. Remove from heat, stir in lime juice and bourbon. Set aside to cool for about 20 minutes.
  3. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a jar or other similar airtight container. Discard solids. Refrigerate dressing for at least 4 hours.
Prepare the Salad:
  1. Gently stir together grapes and kiwi in a large bowl. Slowly drizzle about ¼ cup of dressing over top of the salad (or more, to taste), and toss to coat. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Garnish with cherries and optional whipped cream, just before serving.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Mint Julep Fruit Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 159.7 Calories from Fat 4
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.4g1%
Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Sodium 5.4mg0%
Carbohydrates 40.6g14%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 34.4g38%
Protein 1.3g3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.