Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad


This Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad the ultimate refreshing side dish! It’s is a fresh fruit salad recipe that’s easy to make without the extra sugary cream. Just add a little honey and lime and you’ve got yourself a colorful, healthy fruit salad everyone loves!

How to Make fruit salad without the creamy dressing

A Fresh Take on Fruit Salad

I know Skittles are good, but I’m thinking this has got to be the right way to get a taste of the rainbow. Isn’t fruit salad a summer must? I know it’s one of the highlights of summer for me, but I’m not talking those frozen whipped topping coated fruit salads.

This recipe shows you how to make fruit salad without (gasp!) the creamy fruit salad dressing that you’re used to seeing. This fruit salad leaves plenty of room for all the flavors of the fruit to shine without drenching it in sugar and other random flavors.


A Fruit Salad Recipe with no Cream

This recipe doesn’t use any of those packaged pudding mixes or whipped topping. How could I coat all the vibrant and incredible flavors of the fruit with an artificial flavor from a pudding mix?

Let’s not ruin a good thing like fresh fruit by coating it with packaged ingredients where we can’t even pronounce the ingredients on the label. Honey and lime are where it’s at!


Ingredients for Making Fruit Salad

Healthy, Happy Fruit Salad

My kids love this fruit salad recipe and it is an easy way for me to get them to eat plenty of fruit. All it takes is a little honey and lime and great things can happen. For the perfect fruit salad, just make sure all of the fruit is perfectly ripe (as in, you may need to buy that pineapple a week in advance).

Save this delicious homemade fruit salad because you’ve got to make it at least once this summer. Enjoy!

Rainbow colored fruit for homemade fruit salad recipe

This is such an abundance of goodness and it’s a great way to get your kids to eat fruit! I mean who wouldn’t love this?

Diced up fruit tossed in honey and lime for fresh fruit salad recipe

More Fruity Recipes to Try


Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad

4.72 from 7 votes

A bright and refreshing fruit salad with a beautiful combination of colors. This is the perfect summer side dish for cookouts or parties it's also great for holidays any time of the year. You can switch of the fruits listed here for others you may have on hand.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 7
Calories: 220 kcal


  • 1 lb fresh strawberries , diced
  • 1 lb fresh pineapple , diced
  • 12 oz fresh blueberries
  • 12 oz red grapes , diced into halves
  • 4 kiwis , peeled and diced
  • 1 (15 oz) can mandarin oranges in juice, drained well and sliced into halves
  • 2 ripe bananas , diced*

Honey Lime Dressing

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tsp lime zest (zest of 2 medium limes)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice


  1. Add all fruit to a large mixing bowl. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together they honey, lime zest and lime juice. Pour over fruit just before serving and toss to evenly coat (as it sits for a few minutes the juices will gather at the bottom, so toss again before plating).
  2. *The bananas aren't pictured. I decided to add them later on because I love the sweet flavor they add.
  3. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220
% Daily Value*
Sodium 5mg 0%
Potassium 610mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 56g 19%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 42g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 5.1%
Vitamin C 158.4%
Calcium 5.1%
Iron 5.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



  • Rebecca @ it’s a nourishing thing: A much better rainbow to taste than skittles!! I am definitely a fan of summer fruit salads! This looks so refreshing! June 11, 2014 at 11:39am Reply

  • Alexis @ Upside Down Pear: The color in this dish is just gorgeous!! There is nothing quite like a good fruit salad and this one sounds amazing! I like the zest of lime to give it just that hint of freshness. I’ll definitely have to make this during the summer! June 11, 2014 at 12:16pm Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: How gorgeous is THIS! Wow! You’re never going to believe this but I just finished a photo shoot of a fruit salad and in 5+ yrs of blogging, I have never ever made a fruit salad. And your post is the first I open when I sit down at my desk. Crazy. Well I will tell you that your images are a whole lot prettier than mine :) pinned! June 11, 2014 at 1:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Great minds think alike :). I had never posted a fruit salad recipe either, until today. I’m sure yours is amazing, I can’t wait to see it! June 12, 2014 at 10:05am Reply

  • Lisa Green: This looks amazing, my mouth is watering! June 11, 2014 at 3:10pm Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): I love these colors, what a vibrant and fun salad. And your dressing sounds so good! :) June 11, 2014 at 3:43pm Reply

  • Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts: I love how bright and colorful this is. Beautiful!! June 11, 2014 at 7:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Angelyn! June 11, 2014 at 9:18pm Reply

  • Matt Robinson: Love the honey lime dressing in this!!!! June 11, 2014 at 10:39pm Reply

  • Chloe @ foodlikecake: Fruit salads are always gorgeous! I love the honey-lime combo too June 12, 2014 at 3:06am Reply

  • Cookbook Queen: Love all this gorgeous fruit!! If only I could get you to come make it for me!!! June 12, 2014 at 7:24am Reply

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet: Simply gorgeous! The colors of all of the fruit makes this one happy salad! And the dressing – to die for!! June 12, 2014 at 7:58pm Reply

  • Tori: Looks delish. My little brother used to love the Wiggle’s song about fruit salad and it is now stuck in my head. Do you know it? Fruit salad, yummy, yummy….. June 12, 2014 at 8:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Oh no! Now its stuck in my head! :) June 12, 2014 at 9:02pm Reply

  • Melanie @ Carmel Moments: So gorgeous. Definitely in the mood for a fruit salad now. Love the bounty God gave us to enjoy.
    Have a marvelous weekend! June 13, 2014 at 5:21am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Melanie! I hope you have a great weekend too! June 13, 2014 at 10:29am Reply

  • Michon: How many does this recipe feed? June 25, 2014 at 1:09am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Proabably about 8 – 10 it makes quite a bit. June 25, 2014 at 2:05pm Reply

  • Noel: Beautifully refreshing fruit salad. I will be making this often. So nice to finish of dinner with this fruit salad after a beautiful garlic flavoured meal. June 26, 2014 at 10:58pm Reply

  • Joan LaRose: I’ve made this salad TWICE in the last week! Making it for a 4th of July BB!, I chopped up grapes, strawberries, mangoes and added a whole package of blueberries. Diversity is the name of the game. I have the kiwi here – I ran out of steam. If there’s one downside to this, it’s that this is a bit labor-intensive. But overwhelmingly, the results are worth it. The honey/lime dressing brings out the summer-freshness of the salad without taking away from the fruit, and the fruit holds its firmness nicely. A huge success, all the way around. And not hard to look at, either. July 5, 2014 at 10:16am Reply

    • Joan LaRose: *forgot the pineapple. That’s in there, too! July 5, 2014 at 10:16am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it and were able to make it to suit your taste. Thanks for your feedback! July 17, 2014 at 10:39pm Reply

  • Kelly-Ann: Probably a weird question to you but how many ounces or cups did you give each person?

    Love the post in btw! Thank you for sharing July 9, 2014 at 12:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry but I have no idea. We all just kind of dove in to be honest :), then served what was left at dinner. July 9, 2014 at 2:42pm Reply

  • Cindi: Thank you for posting a fruit salad recipe that my family actually likes!! It is very refreshing and I love the kick that the lime gives it. This will be our family’s only go to fruit salad. :) July 13, 2014 at 10:44pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear that Cindi! Thanks so much for your feedback! August 2, 2014 at 9:57pm Reply

  • Christine: I want to make this for a birthday party and wondered how much did this recipe make for you? August 7, 2014 at 11:16am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think it makes about 6 – 7 servings. August 7, 2014 at 12:50pm Reply

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  • Kelly: Any idea how long it would last in the fridge if I made a big batch? August 17, 2014 at 9:11am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It’s fine to still eat it the next day it’s just not as crisp. August 17, 2014 at 2:38pm Reply

  • Adrea: Beautiful photos – really makes me want a fruit salad! February 26, 2015 at 9:39am Reply

  • Mary @ 120 Spring Street: Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’ve printed it to make for an upcoming bridal shower dinner – it looks delicious!

    Mary March 20, 2015 at 8:41am Reply

  • Christine: What fruit would you recommend to replace kiwi for a person that does not like it lol. I have tried it many times and just don’t like the taste or texture. March 20, 2015 at 1:40pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’d be fine to just omit it in this recipe. If you still want the green in the salad though you can add in some green apples. March 20, 2015 at 4:00pm Reply

  • Kelly: Just made this for a work carry in. When is it safe to mix the dressing?? Tonight or in the morning? Obviously refrig wouldn’t work well with the honey. TIA! March 29, 2015 at 4:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You can make the dressing today then I’d definitely wait until the morning to mix it in. Hope you love it! March 29, 2015 at 9:47pm Reply

  • Kristin: How many people does one recipe serve? April 1, 2015 at 3:20pm Reply

  • Karrie Griffin: How soon before serving should I put dressing on? April 4, 2015 at 10:32am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I recommend adding it just before serving. April 4, 2015 at 2:53pm Reply

  • Kelsey: Hey, any way you could tell me how many cups of fruit salad this made? Thanks! April 19, 2015 at 2:43pm Reply

  • Rosey: This looks delicious! I’m making this today, but how many servings does it make (approx)? May 24, 2015 at 8:26am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Probably about 8. May 25, 2015 at 4:57pm Reply

  • shelly: This is really good. I dont eat enough fruit. It is a really good option to try. May 30, 2015 at 9:29am Reply

  • Karen: would be great if you said how MANY servings or cups this makes! June 3, 2015 at 1:13pm Reply

  • Veronica: I made this yesterday for lunch with 5 friends. They all loved it. I didn’t have pineapples so I used green and red apples, just as delicious! June 15, 2015 at 11:18am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you loved it Veronica! June 29, 2015 at 1:52pm Reply

  • Karen: Can I make a day before and just add the sauce before serving ? June 26, 2015 at 5:50pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That would probably be fine. Hope you love it! June 29, 2015 at 10:53pm Reply

  • Danielle: Any specific type of honey recommended? July 3, 2015 at 4:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I just used the regular grade A stuff from the store. I’m sure it would be delicious though with some of the various types. August 12, 2015 at 5:31pm Reply

  • Kari: I made this for my coworkers at our Thanksgiving potluck in 2014. It has been requested for every holiday potluck since! Delicious and beautiful. I omit the lime zest. November 23, 2015 at 4:20am Reply

  • Patti: Do you think the fruit would hold up if I cut it and mixed all together the night before (without the sauce)? March 26, 2016 at 5:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It would be fine to cut up the pineapple, mandarines and kiwi the day before then I’d cut the stawberries, grapes and bananas the day of, and of course the bananas just before serving. March 27, 2016 at 12:18am Reply

  • kim: Making this for a baseball tailgating lunch tommorow. Can’t wait July 23, 2016 at 11:04pm Reply

  • Melanie: I have made this before and it is delicious! I am going to prepare the fruit and dressing earlier in the day (will be served in the evening). How should I store the dressing? I don’t want to add it until we are ready to serve it. August 19, 2016 at 9:52pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: In the refrigerator. Then if needed you can let it rest a room temperature before adding. I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed it! August 20, 2016 at 12:55am Reply

  • Amelia: This was the answer to my prayer! I love fruit salad but I always felt bad bringing it to events because it IS just a bowl of fruit. With this dressing though, it’s a whole different dish. SO good! I used pineapple, mango, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries. Can’t wait to try this with other fruits! Thanks so much Jaclyn for adding mor flair to fruit salad! August 23, 2016 at 4:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy you loved it Amelia! August 25, 2016 at 12:55pm Reply

  • Samantha: Hello, first of all this looks delicious …I’m thinking about making this for my salad potluck tomorow but I was wondering if I could ommit the bananas and add mangos instead..also where do I get the lime zest ..sorry I’m not familiar with it lol

    Thanks September 11, 2016 at 3:51pm Reply

  • Aimee: Can you freeze this? December 28, 2016 at 4:46pm Reply

  • Paula: Thanks for posting this recipe. I loved it. But I did change it up just a little bit. I added some blackberries to it. Also used canned pineapple tiblets instead of fresh drained of course. I’m thinking about when I make it again adding some chopped up sprigs of mint to each serving. February 23, 2017 at 9:49am Reply

  • Darla: This is the first fruit salad I have made in a long time that didn’t include jello. It was a great success and I will be serving it more this summer. March 25, 2017 at 10:59am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you loved it Darla! March 27, 2017 at 10:32am Reply

  • Tracie: Do you think it will taste alright to skip the kiwi and add watermelon? May 8, 2017 at 6:09am Reply

    • Jaclyn: The watermelon will likely break down quit a bit I’d probably just leave the kiwi out and not replace with watermelon – unless you are serving it right away. May 8, 2017 at 9:39pm Reply

  • Boyan Minchev: I love this recipe, but I put some blueberry too, it’s delicious thank you. May 30, 2017 at 3:50am Reply

  • Carol Garner: If you don’t have limes would lemon work instead? June 19, 2017 at 3:00pm Reply

  • Kirsta: This is a delicious recipe and is it MSPI friendly. I featured it on my blog post at helpful recipes for such at https://mamaofthedrama.wordpress.com/2017/06/11/mspi-surviving-work-and-life-without-dairy-or-soy/ June 21, 2017 at 7:39pm Reply

  • Wendell: I’ve made this 3 times and love it. This last time it filled up a 4 quart bowl, so about 16 cups for those of you wondering about quantity. July 6, 2017 at 3:26pm Reply

  • Penny Barry: This is delicious. I added more lime zest than called for because I love all citrus fruits. As always, I can follow any of your recipes and I ALWAYS love them them all. Thank you July 9, 2017 at 1:00pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Penny! So glad you loved the salad! July 11, 2017 at 1:56pm Reply

  • Bea: Made this with watermelon, mango, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, pineapple, sliced red grapes and mandarin oranges. I added a bit more lime juice and zest to the organic honey and everyone loved it! The honey lime dressing gave it a fabulous glossy shine to the fruits. It was the prettiest (and tastiest) fruit salad I have ever made! July 29, 2017 at 3:38am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad it was enjoyed Bea! August 11, 2017 at 12:22pm Reply

  • Peggy: Make it tonight, will post pics and comments October 27, 2017 at 11:27pm Reply

  • Erika: Just a touch beyond a normal fruit salad. My husband, who isn’t a “healthy” eater loved this and asked me to make it as a side for Christmas brunch. That means it certainly passed the test. December 25, 2017 at 6:44am Reply

  • Laurel Eppstein: This was a hit at the superbowl party! People thought there were spices added, but it was just the fresh lime zest and lime juice that brought out the lovely fruit flavors. Wonderful! February 5, 2018 at 11:54am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to leave such a nice review Laurel! February 9, 2018 at 11:52am Reply

  • Joy: I made this today and let me tell you it was DELICIOUS 😭 I even made a juice cocktail from the juice in the fruit salad bowl. Added the juice from the canned orange mandarins and some pineapple juice. Delicious. The lime zest and lime juice with honey DEFINITELY made this a great fruit salad. March 4, 2018 at 3:42pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked it! March 6, 2018 at 5:56pm Reply

  • Melinda: Made this for a group of critics. They loved it! I will keep it as a staple March 11, 2018 at 2:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad it was enjoyed! March 12, 2018 at 10:31am Reply

  • Betsy: Does the honey lime dressing keep the bananas from turning brown? I thought about making this for Easter but would definitely make it ahead of time. March 30, 2018 at 6:03pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It helps a little but they will still brown. I’d just wait to add the bananas and dressing when your ready to serve. Hope you enjoy and Happy Easter! March 30, 2018 at 6:32pm Reply

  • Jeff Rankin: Made this yesterday, everyone loved it. Served with angel food cake. April 16, 2018 at 8:29am Reply

  • Diana: I made this wonderful fruit salad. You may want to half the recipe as it makes a lot. It’s so delicious. Making it again today! April 22, 2018 at 6:33am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your feedback! April 24, 2018 at 11:44am Reply

  • WH chef: Add a 1/2 tbsp of cinnamon to accent the apples when you make dressing . Really knocks it out of the park . My wife really loved it . I used apples (one Granny Smith and red delicious) , a pear, pineapple, watermelon and strawberries . I set up containers for her to take to work and didn’t use bananas as they would get mushy May 1, 2018 at 4:43am Reply

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