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.

Print Recipe
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.


  1. Cindy McNamara says

    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.

  2. says

    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.

  3. says

    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.

  4. says

    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!

    • says

      CoconutGal, I know! I found so much sugar and glop, it was kinda scary. Your tropical fruit salad sounds delightful, bet my boys would really like it.

  5. Paulette says

    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.

  6. Christianne says

    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!

    • says

      Hello Dear Friend Christianne! I hope you are well over there. Love your idea to add mint to the fruit salad, what a classic touch.

  7. says

    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!


  8. says

    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.

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