Fruit Salad Recipe for a Crowd

Fruit Salad Recipe for a Crowd is bursting with candy and juicy fruits and berries. This massive batch recipe is ideal for events and potlucks.

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We’re knocking on the door to summer season and I for one can’t look forward to heat nights spent outside with family and friends whereas fireflies showcase to a choir of cicadas (ask me how excited I’m for this 12 months’s uncommon cicada season — screaming!)

Along with whipping up batches of Greatest Ever Pasta Salad and Judy’s Baked Beans anytime we entertain within the hotter months, I like to have an enormous contemporary fruit salad available to spherical out the meal.

A serving bowl of candy and snappy fruit salad for a crowd is refreshing, gentle, and wholesome. It’s the proper dish to have available for cookouts, events, child or bridal showers, grad events, and any get collectively in between!

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Greatest Fruit Salad Recipe Substances

It could appear to be you may mix all of your favourite fruits to create a fruit salad and, technically, you’d be proper! That stated, I occur to consider this specific mixture of tropical fruits, candy berries, and pomegranate arils achieves an excellent stability of candy, tart, crispy, and juicy. It’s truly fairly addicting! Right here’s what you’ll want:

  • Pineapple: chopped, contemporary pineapple varieties the bottom of this fruity salad. Don’t miss my tutorial on the way to trim and chop a pineapple.
  • Mango: do you know summer season is champagne mango (aka yellow mango) season? That is my favourite mango selection as a result of they’re exceptionally candy and juicy.
  • Strawberries: present sweetness and a fantastic pop of pink to the salad.
  • Kiwi: my children are kiwi-crazy and like to see it of their bowls of fruit salad. You need to use inexperienced or yellow kiwi.
  • Pomegranate: I am keen on the jewel-tone pops of colour and sweet-tart style pomegranate arils convey to this fruit salad combine. You should purchase simply the arils, although I’ll present you under the way to de-seed a pomegranate with zero mess.
  • Lime + Honey: a drizzle of each creates the “dressing” for this fruity salad. Just a bit of every helps create a light-weight and luscious sauce that brings the salad collectively right into a cohesive dish.

As satisfying as this dish is in the course of the hotter months utilizing contemporary summer season fruits, all of the components are available in the course of the chilly months so it may be made 12 months spherical. A serving bowl of this simple fruit salad recipe could be a festive and welcomed addition to any Christmas or winter celebration!

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Maintain Fruit Salad from Getting Soggy

We’ve all skilled a mushy and soggy scoop of fruit salad earlier than. Dislike! Listed below are my suggestions for making certain your summer season fruit salad is contemporary, snappy, and nonetheless dazzling at serving time.

  • If making totally forward: It’s greatest to serve this fruit salad the identical day it’s made. I like to recommend assembling the fruit salad plus dressing up to a few hours forward of time, which provides the components time to macerate with out turning into overly mushy and soggy.
  • If prepping forward: For those who’re trying to save time on the day you’re serving the salad, peel/chop the fruit elements as much as 2 days forward of time however retailer them individually. Mix the components then gown with lime juice and honey up to a few hours forward of serving.

Except for events and potlucks, I like having a bowl of fruit salad within the fridge as a wholesome, after-school snack for my children, or to scoop as a simple facet dish with their dinner entrees. For these functions, the fruit salad can hand around in the fridge for as much as 3 days after assembling as a result of my children don’t care if the fruit turns into a little bit mushy.

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Do this Contemporary and Summery Appetizer

Make Fruit Salad for a Crowd

Step 1: Prep the fruits and berries.

Trim / prep / peel / chop contemporary fruits, berries, and pomegranate arils in a big mixing bowl or serving bowl. Once more, we’ve received:

  • Mango: peeled then chopped
  • Strawberries: trimmed then chopped
  • Pineapple: trimmed then chopped
  • Kiwi: peeled then chopped
  • Pomegranate arils

Another fruits to swap out or add into the combo are blueberries, blackberries, and cantaloupe. Raspberries, nectarines, or peaches would even be DIVINE — however fold these into the combo simply earlier than serving since they’re so delicate!

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Seed a Pomegranate

Belief me after I inform you I’ve tried each methodology below the solar for eradicating pomegranate seeds, aka arils, from a pomegranate and that is BY FAR the perfect one (this can be a hill I’m prepared to die on). There isn’t a mess, splatters, stains, nor whacking with a picket spoon required!

Pomegranate Step 1: Rating a sq. across the blossom finish.

Minimize deep sufficient to undergo the peel, however not deep sufficient to the place you’re slicing into the pomegranate seeds. Use the blossom to peel away the sq..

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Pomegranate Step 2: Vertically rating the membrane strains.

Do you see the 6 white vertical membranes separating the 5 clusters of arils from one another? Use your knife to attain the pores and skin inline with the membranes. Once more, not too deep — simply sufficient to chop by the pores and skin/pith.

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Pomegranate Step 3: Open the pomegranate and take away the seeds.

The vertical rating strains will help you open the pomegranate like a flower. Subsequent, use your fingertips to pop the seeds out right into a bowl of water.

Once more, there may be zero mess utilizing this methodology, as you may see!

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Pomegranate Step 4: Clear the arils.

Little bits of pith would possibly stay on the arils, so I prefer to swish them round in a bowl of chilly water and scoop out something that floats to the highest. Drain in a colander in between rinsing. I do that perhaps two or thrice.

Voila — pomegranate seeds made simple!

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Step 2: Gown the Fruit Salad

Drizzle contemporary lime juice and honey over the components then fold to mix. It’s exhausting to say how a lot of every you’ll want as a result of fruit and berries don’t include pre-determined sweetness ranges.

I begin with 1/2 lime and about 2 teaspoons of honey, let the fruit macerate for a few hours, then style and add extra of every if wanted.

  • Tip: wish to maintain this fruit salad vegan? Use powdered sugar or maple syrup as a substitute of honey. SO scrumptious!

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Step 3: Let the Fruit Salad Macerate.

Refrigerate the fruit salad for no less than half-hour, and up to some hours forward of serving, with the intention to macerate — that’s, draw out the pure juices of the fruits to mix and make a cohesive salad. It actually makes a HUGE distinction!

After that, its time to share! Be happy to garnish the serving bowl with contemporary mint, as I’ve proven right here. That is at all times a enjoyable contact for events. Appears to be like fancy however simply takes a minute.

Retailer Fruit Salad

Retailer the fruit salad instantly within the mixing bowl or in a big serving bowl coated with a lid or saran wrap / press-n-seal previous to serving.

Leftovers may be saved for as much as 3 days, although the fruit will change into softer and saucier with every passing day.

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Rework Leftovers

Fruit salad for a crowd will serve 8-10 individuals, and when you have leftovers, they repurpose fantastically!

  • Smoothie: Pour the leftover fruit salad right into a blender with yogurt and/or a splash of milk then mix till easy.
  • Lazy Woman Sorbet: Scoop leftovers right into a freezer-safe container or Ziplock freezer bag then freeze flat. Pour the frozen fruit right into a blender or meals processor then mix till easy. Sorbet texture — no churning required!

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Extra Crowd-Pleasing Recipes

Fruit Salad Recipe for a Crowd


Fruit Salad Recipe for a Crowd is bursting with candy and juicy fruits and berries. This massive batch recipe is ideal for events and potlucks.


  • 4 cups chopped pineapple (~1 small pineapple)
  • 1lb strawberries, chopped
  • 4 kiwi, peeled then chopped
  • 2 mangoes, peeled then chopped (Champagne mangoes beneficial)
  • 1 pomegranate, seeded (~1 cup arils)
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • drizzle of honey


  1. Add the fruits and berries to a big mixing or serving bowl then squeeze the lime juice on prime and drizzle with honey, 1-2 teaspoons. Fold with a spatula to mix then refrigerate for no less than 1 hour earlier than serving.
  2. Style previous to serving then add extra lime juice for tartness, and/or honey for sweetness. For greatest outcomes, serve the Fruit Salad the identical day it is assembled. Retailer leftovers coated within the fridge for as much as 3 days.


  • Use powdered sugar or maple syrup as a substitute of honey to make this recipe vegan.
  • Have leftovers? Flip them right into a contemporary fruit smoothie, or freeze then mix to create a quick-version of sorbet.
  • These photographs present mint as an optionally available garnish.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Woman Eats,

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Photographs by Ashley McLaughlin

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