Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

Red, white, and blue fruit salad is a festive and fresh combination of fruit drizzled with a touch of honey citrus dressing. It’s a perfect side for the patriotic holidays!

This red, white and blue fruit salad is perfect for summer picnics and celebrations. For more festive dishes try Patriotic Funfetti Cupcakes and Fufetti Sugar Cookie Cake.

Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad in a bowl with a serving spoon

The Ultimate 4th of July Fruit Salad

When summer rolls around, we usually pack up early in the morning and head out to the park. I’m always packing a variety of picnic-type foods, but the one thing that stays constant is the fruit! Our kids LOVE fruit, and so do I.

It’s easy to prep, crazy delicious and super healthy. I thought with the Fourth of July fast approaching that it would be fun to make a festive fruit salad, one that would be the star side dish at your holiday picnic or BBQ.

We loved this red, white and blue fruit salad so much that we’ve made it a few times over the past month. It’s loaded with some of our favorite fruit and topped with a lovely light dressing. This fresh and vibrant salad is summertime in a bowl!!

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Just Toss & Serve!

This salad couldn’t be easier to make.

FRUIT.  Grab a few pints of berries, a small watermelon and some apples or pineapple. Rinse the berries, chop the watermelon and then slice up the apples or pineapple into ½-inch thick slices.

Using a star-shaped cookie cutter, cut out as many stars as you can. I used a few different sizes (although I couldn’t find my littlest ones) which I thought looked really nice.

DRESSING. Unlike most fruit salads, I decided to dress this one with a blend of honey citrus juice. It helped the berries shine and the apples from turning brown (not so much an issue if you’re working with pineapple). It’s totally optional but I thought it added a subtle hint of zest and sweetness without being overpowering.

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Tips + Storing Info

There aren’t any bananas in this recipe, so you really only risk the pineapple browning. To prevent it from browning you want to eat it sooner than later! The lime juice glaze, may work similarly to covering the fruit with lemon juice, so it shouldn’t brown too quickly.

To tell if the fruit is ripe: 

  • Strawberries: bright red in color
  • Watermelon: deep hollow sound, yellow spot from where it laid on the ground
  • Blueberries: large in size, firm, and dry

STORE this in a covered container in the fridge for 3-5 days.

Bag up the fruit in freezer safe bags and FREEZE for up to a year and a half.

The fruit salad is best made the day that you plan on serving it. You can make it about a day ahead of time, but any more than that and you risk the fruit becoming soggy and soft.

4th of July Fruit Salad served in a large bowl

 

Other summer side dishes:

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Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad Recipe

Red, white, and blue fruit salad is a festive and fresh combination of fruit drizzled with a touch of honey citrus dressing. It's a perfect side for the patriotic holidays!
4.88 from 8 votes
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Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 252kcal
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Ingredients

  • ½ pineapple - OR 4 apples, cut into ½-inch thick slices, then cut into stars with cookie cutters
  • 1 small watermelon - cut into chunks
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 1 pint strawberries - sliced
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 lime - juiced
  • 1 orange - juiced

Instructions

  • Rinse fruit if need, cut then toss the fruit together in a large bowl.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the honey, orange juice and lime juice. Pour over the fruit, let stand for at least 15 minutes before serving.

Notes

-You could easily toss in blackberries, golden raspberries or red grapes!

Nutrition

Serving: 10g | Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 764mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 2663IU | Vitamin C: 112mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2mg

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Wife, mother, baker and photographer. Recipe developer & author of Life Made Simple. A self-professed peanut butter lover and fond of anything that involves pumpkin, cookie dough, or sprinkles

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Comments:

  1. This is the CUTEST fruit salad I’ve ever seen! And I love the red white and blue colors and the star shapes so much! I wish I could dig in right now!

  2. Cutting the fruit into star shapes is a genius idea! So perfect for the Fourth of July. It looks so dang yummy, I want to make it right now!

  3. 5 stars
    Super festive and tasty! This fruit salad will be making an appearance on Memorial Day and throughout this summer!

  4. 5 stars
    Making stars out of the fruit adds so much fun! Love how colorful this is. This will be gone within minutes at my house..my kids go through fruit in the blink of an eye!

  5. 5 stars
    So fun! I love the star cut outs! My kids love the star cut outs! Delicious, fresh, fun…everything I want in a festive side dish!

  6. 5 stars
    Colorful, sweet, & juicy! It’s loaded with all our favorite fruits! My kids want fruit with every meal!