This refreshing fruit salad salad is perfect as a side dish or a healthy dessert…and it has a secret ingredient that might surprise you! Perfect for summer, this fruit salad will win your backyard barbecues and picnics.
It’s summertime, and that means an abundance of fresh fruit just waiting to be turned into an amazing fruit salad! It’s the perfect side dish for backyard bbqs, picnics and potlucks because it requires no cooking, just some cutting up and mixing in a bowl.
This refreshing summer fruit salad recipe has tons of your favorite fresh fruit and a secret ingredient – Vanilla Pudding Mix! The dry mix is sprinkled on top of the fruit and combines with the juices to create a delicious sauce the covers each bite. Everyone loves it and is surprised when I tell them how to make it. I almost feel guilty because it’s so easy!
How to Make Fruit Salad
So to make this fresh fruit salad, you needs lots of fresh fruit! There is just something about fresh fruit that is so beautiful, isn’t there?
You can totally use the fruits that I did, or you can choose your favorites and just use those. There is no right or wrong way to make fruit salad!
Some of my favorite fruits to include in fruit salad are:
The key is to pick juicy fruits, because to make the luscious fruit salad dressing, you’re going to sprinkle on some vanilla pudding mix. When it hits those fruits the juices come out even more and combine with the dry pudding mix to form a delicious fruit salad dressing that will surprise you by how delicious it is!
I also like to take into account the color, and pick a variety of colors the represent the rainbow.
How do you keep fruit salad fresh?
Cut the fruit into larger chunks. The fruit will get mushy quicker if it’s in smaller pieces. Also, make sure there is no water on the fruit that could add unwanted liquid to the dish.
How long will this fruit salad last?
Store your fruit salad in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Stir it up each time you serve to redistribute the dressing.
Do I have to use pudding mix?
The pudding mix is what creates the dressing that coats the fruit salad. You can also just chop up your fruit and mix it in a bowl and call it good!
Here are some more delicious fruit salads that we love:
- Sour Cream Salad
- Cream Cheese Fruit Dip
- Creamy Grape Salad
- Tropical Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing
For more delicious summer salads, be sure to check these out:
Summer Fruit Salad
- 5 cups fresh fruit cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 Tbsp dry Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
- Place fruit in a medium sized bowl.
- Sprinkle dry pudding mix on top and stir gently to coat each piece.
- Refrigerate for at least two hours, or up to overnight.