Fresh Fruit Salad – Healthy Option

Our fresh fruit salad has a light citrus and vanilla sauce that makes it a perfect ending to any meal or an ideal snack when you’re craving something sweet.

The Backstory: This refreshing, light, and juicy fresh fruit salad is the quintessential fruit salad you’ve been looking for. Let’s start with how gorgeous it is on a holiday table or buffet! This salad is a truly a feast for the eyes with its rainbow of beautiful, natural colors. Pile the fruit in a large glass trifle bowl for a wow presentation or individual glass serving bowls (as shown here). However you choose to present it, as soon as your guests see this salad, they will gravitate right to it.   More of the Backstory after the recipe

Fresh Fruit Salad - Healthy Option

Naturally sweet ripe fruit and a light dressing of juice and vanilla extract combine to make the perfect fruit salad you've been looking for. This dish is perfect for a holiday buffet, summer party, or to keep in your fridge to enjoy all week long.
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Desserts, Lunch, Salad, Sides
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 2 cups red apples, with skin, core removed, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups seedless green grapes
  • 1 1/4 cups seedless red grapes
  • 2 cups cantaloupe balls or chunks
  • 2 cups honeydew balls or chunks
  • 1 1/4 cups nectarines, raw, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple, raw, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, raw, halved
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. orange juice
  • 1/2 tbsp. vanilla (clear) or almond extract


  1. Toss all the fruit together and set aside.
  2. In separate bowl, mix together sugar, lemon juice, orange juice and extract.
  3. Pour the liquid mixture with fruit and toss.

Recipe Notes


Nutrition Information Per Serving
Calories:  130
Total Fat: 0g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Protein: 1g
Carbohydrates: 32g
Sodium: 10mg
Fiber: 3g

…The Backstory continues: But this dish is about more than just looks: there’s a whole lot of healthy goodness going on. This salad is packed with natural sweetness, delicious flavors, as well as vitamins, minerals and fiber. The light dressing from the fruit juices and vanilla give the fruit a little extra zest (and the lemon juice keeps the apples from turning brown–and added bonus)! Did I mention your kids will love it too?book-cover-image

You can find other tasty recipes in my latest cookbook, Healthy Meals for Your Busy Life. In my new book, I’ve created a collection of delicious and satisfying meals from Lemon Poppy Seed Cake to Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Spirals — that you can prepare in 30 minutes or less. I know you’ll love them and that they’ll leave you feeling full, satisfied, and happy that you’ve made healthful choices that don’t sacrifice on taste!


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Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

Franceen is one of country's leading voices in nutrition and health with 30 + years of experience as a senior food management executive, author, speaker, and TV host. Fran's followers adore her because she believes you should be able to have your kugel and not feel guilty about it. Her recipes, humor, and realistic approach to enjoying food and cutting through the hype of fad diets and quick fixes are what make her approach to a balanced lifestyle loved by so many.
Franceen Friefeld, RD., LD., P.H.Ec.

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