Fruit Salad With Lime-Mint Dressing

by Amy on 14 May 2014

Fruit Salad with Lime-Mint DressingI’m a huge fan of fruit salad when it’s made well. The stuff from a can? Yuck. But a homemade version full of fresh, ripe fruit and brightened up with a homemade lime-mint simple syrup? Heavenly! Last year, after Fearless Baby was born, a bunch of friends generously brought us meals and snacks. Our friend Beth brought a lime-mint fruit salad and it was so wonderfully delicious that I asked her for her recipe straightaway – it’s now my go-to fruit salad for parties, potlucks, and picnics. The fresh, juicy fruit is complemented perfectly by the slightly tart, bright, citrusy lime-mint dressing.

This salad is particularly fab because you can customize it depending on your favorite fruits and what is in season locally. I choose pineapple because it’s my husband’s favorite fruit, and strawberries and blueberries because they’re starting to appear locally at the farmers markets, and that combination turned out beautifully. Peaches will be in season here soon, and they would be a fabulous addition to this salad. As long as you keep the ratio of fruit to the lime-mint syrup the same, you can experiment endlessly with different flavor and texture combinations. So give this awesome fruit salad a try, and do report back what fantastic combinations you come up with!

Fruit Salad with Lime-Mint Dressing

Fruit Salad with Lime-Mint Dressing

serves 8-10, adapted from Eat-Drink-Smile


1 pint strawberries, sliced
1 pint blueberries
1 pineapple, cubed
1/8 cup simple syrup**
1/4 cup lime juice (from 2-3 limes)
1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped

(**Simple syrup = 1 part sugar to 1 part water. Bring water to a boil, stir in sugar until dissolved completely. Remove from heat and allow to cool.)


Wash, peel, and chop fruit as desired. Place into large bowl.

In a blender, combine the simple syrup, lime juice, and chopped mint. Toss the syrup over fruit and stir until well-combined. Chill and serve.

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1 alexandra May 14, 2014 at 7:30 am

my favorite fruit combination, too! though I agree peaches + berries would probably be delicious, too. my kiwi-berry combo for breakfast at my desk this morning is suddenly looking sad thanks to the lack of simple syrup + lime + mint. womp, womp.

2 Leah | So, How's It Taste? May 14, 2014 at 8:44 am

I love this! I make a similar version with honey and I need to add the mint! It works so well with just about any fruit. I can eat my weight in it. Gorgeous pic!

3 amy May 14, 2014 at 8:57 am

Ooh, I’ll have to try this with honey instead of simple syrup one time. Good idea!

4 Beth May 14, 2014 at 10:05 am

Fresh, homemade fruit salad is the best! Your version looks wonderful.

5 angela@spinachtiger May 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm

So pretty. I’m thinking you could freeze left overs and make margaritas!

6 amy May 14, 2014 at 2:23 pm

That is a brilliant idea, Angela!

7 Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat May 14, 2014 at 11:12 pm

This looks amazing. I love a big bowl of fruit, especially this time of year. I’m planning my daughter’s 5th birthday party for next month and wanted a fruit bowl, so I’m totally making this! Thanks! :)

8 amy May 15, 2014 at 7:30 am

Fantastic, Shannon! =D My daughter’s 1st birthday (!!!) party is next month, too, and I’m also planning on making a big bowl of this!

9 Caitlin @ teaspoon May 15, 2014 at 7:47 am

I wouldn’t mind digging into this fruit bowl right about now! I just had airplane fruit salad recently and I literally could not eat it. I wish they had this instead…love the fresh herbs/fruit combo!

10 sarah k @ the pajama chef May 15, 2014 at 11:27 am

i make a similar mint lime dressing, but with honey too…and it’s fab! last time i made it i used cantaloupe, strawberries, oranges, and kiwi as the fruit…it was a great combo :) i’m so excited it’s berry season!!!

11 amy May 15, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Sounds awesome, Sarah!

12 Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction May 16, 2014 at 8:49 am

Love fresh fruit salad! That lime mint dressing sounds perfect!

13 mary @ minutes per mile May 16, 2014 at 11:52 am

fruit + mint is always a winning combo! i need to remember this rule outside of mojitos..

14 Lesley Eats May 16, 2014 at 12:38 pm

I love a fruit salad. And lime makes the best base for a dressing!

15 EA-The Spicy RD May 16, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Such a pretty salad! Love the addition of lime mint dressing, and I’m thinking some cocnut on top would be fabulous too :-)

16 Adri May 17, 2014 at 9:08 am

This sounds wonderful – lime is definitely underappreciated. It’s flavor is great with fruit. I love being able to open the fridge and grab bowl of fruit as a snack – it beats crackers and cheese any day!

17 Anna (Hidden Ponies) May 17, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Fruit salad – what a brilliant friend to bring something so fresh post-baby! I need to remember that. I love homemade fruit salad.

18 amy May 18, 2014 at 9:14 am

Yes! While i loved the casseroles and dinners and baked goods, I reeeeeally loved having something fresh and healthy around!

19 Erlene May 18, 2014 at 2:45 pm

I agree…fruit salad in a can is gross. We eat a lot of fruits in our house, but I don’t usually put them together in a salad because the kids eat them so fast. I’ll have to give this a try. Would love if you shared this on the Merry Monday Linky Party. It goes live today at 9PM PST and runs until Thursday.

20 Mary May 19, 2014 at 3:05 pm

What a beautiful dish – thanks for the idea – I am always looking for ways to use the fresh mint from the garden.

21 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm

You’re killin’ me with this gorgeous salad, Amy! I cannot. get. enough. fruit. And with that lime-mint dressing? Irresistible. I’d shovel this in by the pound!

22 Choc Chip Uru May 20, 2014 at 5:30 pm

This is very weird but I didn’t get a notification for your wonderful new post! Hope it starts working soon! I LOVE your delicious salad recipe, fruits are so addictive, but even more with your lime-mint dressing 😀
Great idea!

Choc Chip Uru

23 Monet May 20, 2014 at 10:43 pm

I have never thought about dressing my fruit salads. What a brilliant way to make the bounty of summer even better!

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