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Simple Fruit Salad

simple fruit salad

My children love to have fruit salad as an after school snack.  I often serve it to them with organic yogurt, adding a bit of vanilla and agave nectar to the yogurt.

It’s just about fruit season here in Colorado and everything is starting to look luscious.  We have strawberries ripening on the plants in the front yard and peaches (still green) on our peach tree in the back.  Right now however, even though I’m harvesting mountains of kale and various salad greens from our front and back yard, I am still relegated to purchasing my fruit at the grocery store.  We’re not quite there yet.  As in, summer.

To make your fruit salad more glamorous, splurge on fancy, expensive fruit, and use pineapple in place of the peaches for the recipe below.  You also might like to add a bit of unsweetened shredded coconut, if you go tropical with your fruit salad.

I like to keep my fruit salads simple with 3 or 4 different fruits so that I can really taste each of the distinct flavors.  Here’s one (well actually two) of my favorite fruit combos.

Simple Fruit Salad


  • 3 bananas, sliced
  • 4 medium peaches or 1 medium pineapple, sliced
  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 pint blueberries
  1. Combine all of the fruit in a large bowl
  2. Refrigerate for 1 or 2 hours (not longer or the bananas might brown)
  3. Serve

When I put together my post for a Mother’s Day Brunch, it was absolutely amazing to me, how dire the offerings were on the internet for a simple fruit salad.  First, it was terribly difficult to find a fruit salad that did not have sugar added to it.  I don’t know about you, however, I don’t actually eat a lot of fruit because it has so much sugar in it in the first place.  Adding more sugar to all that sugar?  Not a happy day for my body.

During my dissatisfying quest to find a simple fruit salad, I did find this simple fruit salad post on one of my favorite blogs, Mark’s Daily Apple.  Funny, he discussed the exact issue that I was running into.  It was nice to know I was not alone.

posted on May 21, 2009, 32 comments

  1. Hannah Marcotti @ hannahs-harvest.blogspot.com

    It’s funny, I’m sitting here eating grapefruit with a teeny tiny bit of agave and vanilla. I put it in the freezer for a few minutes. I can’t tolerate too much fruit either. Elana thanks again.

  2. LK- healthy delicious @ healthy-delicious.com

    oooh, that looks so beautifully juicy!

  3. gfe-gluten free easily @ glutenfreeeasily.com

    Beautiful. I’ve found that if you cut “it” up and put it out, it disappears quickly. If I cut up an apple (my personal favorite) and have it out to snack on, it disappears … then I have to cut up another one–but not such a bad thing. :-)

    I’ve been enjoying Mark’s blog since you recommended it before. Lots of good stuff there–thanks!


  4. Christianne

    That looks delicious! Wonderful picture Elana!
    Exactly how I like it :-) To add a green touch and some more nice flavour, I often add some mint leaves, cut in little strips.
    Have a great summer you all!

  5. dang! that looks sooo delish! what a good dessert to indulge in without the guilt!

  6. Meagan from Mutritious Nuffins @ mutritiousnuffins.blogspot.com

    I love the picture, Elana! It look so crisp and yummy!

  7. I love any fruit salad that doesn’t have cantelope or honeydew melon in it.

  8. Paulette

    That looks delicious. I freeze a lot of fruit. I have one freezer just for fruit and one for veggies and my other one is for baked goods and flours etc. I sometimes take my fruit out of the freezer just before going to bed and add a bit of orange, apple or pineapple juice to the fruit (whatever I have on hand). The next morning it has thawed out and ready to eat. The juice adds that little touch to it. Love your site. Have a great weekend.

  9. Ali (Whole Life Nutrition) @ glutenfreewholefoods.blogspot.com

    Yummy! Sometimes when we make fruit salad (or “fruit bowls” we call them) I add raw almonds which have been soaked overnight, shredded coconut, and a squeeze of lime juice.

    Nice photo! -Ali :)

  10. Simple is best anyway. I did a search a few months back for fruit salad recipes for a baby shower I was hosting and they all add gloppy pudding mixes and entire cups of sugar. eww!
    My fav tropical combo: Pineapple, banana, lime, and coconut!

  11. Fruit salad has recently become an integral part of my diet – and helped me to lose nearly twenty pounds!

    Right now my favorite flavor combos are strawberry, kiwi, orange and orange, grapefruit, pineapple.

  12. Ali (Whole Life Nutrition) @ glutenfreewholefoods.blogspot.com

    Oh yes, I call it Glorious Morning Fruit Bowl – recipe is in our cookbook. I hesitated putting something so simple into the book – but these ideas can be so handy at times! -Ali :)

  13. Hänni @ hannihaus.com

    Elana, this is hands down the best fruit salad I have ever had. My boyfriend said it was better than ice cream (high praise coming from him). I combined frozen leftovers with hemp milk and pecans, and had a delicious breakfast smoothie this morning.

  14. wallacem

    Thats a great fruit salad

  15. william-elecmon

    what a deliciously easy fruit salad thanks for this

  16. Ashley @ Taste for Healthy @ tasteforhealthy.blogspot.com

    Yum! So delightful, light, & refreshing! A fruit salad is just what I had in mind to bring to an Easter potluck. :)

  17. Cindy McNamara

    Our family fruit salad recipe omits any sweetener other than a splash of fresh OJ and our secret ingredient is a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg. I am always amazed at how much difference this small addition adds to fruit salad. We make a huge bowl up and it rarely lasts more than a day and a half.We usually don’t add bananas until just prior to serving since they tend to break down so fast.

  18. Susan

    I will keep you and your neighbors in our prayers, as your state is ravaged by fire.
    Stay safe!

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