Fruit Salad With Mint Dressing

Let’s be honest, fruit salad is boring. Most of the time, it’s not even salad… it’s just chopped up fruit thrown in a bowl. So when my dad visited for Father’s Day a few years ago and said he was cutting back carbs and requested a fruit salad with his Father’s Day brunch, I wanted to find a way to zhuzh it up a little. What I came up with was this sweet, citrusy, minty dressing that took my fruit salad from a sad salad to an exciting side.

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Let’s be honest. Fruit salad is usually the least exciting thing on the table at brunch. It’s usually just chunks of fruit tossed in a bowl. Not the most exciting or palette-pleasing dish invited to the party.

A few years ago my dad started eating a little healthier. He visited for Father’s Day and when I asked what he wanted me to cook for Father’s Day brunch, he told me one of the things he wanted was fruit salad. C’mon, Dad!

But, like a good daughter, I made what he asked for… but I decided to zhuzh it up a bit.

The real showstopper here is obviously the dressing. Without it, this is a pretty basic fruit salad, but toss this dressing into the mix, and this is a fruit salad people will actually go back for seconds of.

As far as the fruit itself goes, my favorite combination is grapefruit, strawberries, and blueberries, but you can easily use other fruits if you want. Choose what’s in season or what you like best. The dressing goes really well with all kinds of fruits and berries, but the flavor does get lost if you use watermelon (too much juice in this fruit to taste the honey and lime, but the mint still tastes really nice!). Some other really nice combinations are blackberries, apples, and strawberries, or pineapple, blueberries, and kiwi.

The following recipe makes about 4 servings.

Fruit Salad Ingredients

  • 2 Grapefruits
  • 1 Cup Blueberries, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 Cup Strawberries, rinsed and hulled

Fruit Salad Instructions

  1. Slice strawberries in quarters (or whatever bite-size you prefer).
  2. Section grapefruit (see photos below if you need help with this step).
  3. Toss fruit in a bowl and set aside until the dressing is ready.

Mint Dressing Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoon Fresh Mint, chopped
  • 1 Lime, juiced
  • 1 Teaspoons Honey

Mint Dressing Instructions

  1. Using a whisk or fork, stir honey and lime juice together in a small bowl. This may take a minute or two for the honey to fully incorporate.
  2. Toss in the mint.
  3. Pour dressing over the fruit and gently toss. Garnish with additional mint, if desired, and serve.
Okay, but how do I section grapefruit?

Sectioning citrus is easy and just requires some knife skills and patience. Sectioning removes the membrane, peel, and pith (the white stuff between the peel and fruit) and keeps the flesh intact and looking pretty. Here’s how you can to this easily:

  1. Resist the urge to peel! Use a knife to cut the peel and pith off the of fruit. You might get a little of the fruit itself, but it’s not a big deal! It doesn’t need to be perfect.

2. Once the peel has been removed, cut along the membrane of each section. As you can see in the photo above, you can see where each section is. Run your knife on the inside of the membrane on each side of the section, then remove that piece.

Easy peasy!

Make sure you let me know how this recipe goes over and what fruit combination you use! Drop a comment below or tag me on Instagram so I can share it! ❤️

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