Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad


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

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Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad

4.85 from 13 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.

Servings: 7 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 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.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh fruit salad, summer desserts
Calories: 220 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Joseph Jez: After making this fruit salad, can individual servings be frozen? If so, how is the best time to eat after thawed, and what is the best way to thaw? December 28, 2018 at 4:34pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry unfortunately this won’t freeze well. It’s best served fresh. December 28, 2018 at 8:12pm Reply

  • Lauren: This has become my go-to (& absolute favorite) fruit salad recipe. My recommendation – stick to the recipe for the lime. I got lazy and added way too much last time I made it. It’s delicious as written. December 21, 2018 at 6:06am Reply

  • L Jones: Can you use frozen fruit?? December 17, 2018 at 1:47pm Reply

  • Marcie: Are you able to make ahead of time? September 8, 2018 at 12:50pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: The dressing you can make in advance but I’d wait until just about ready to serve to make the fruit salad. September 12, 2018 at 11:22pm Reply

  • Heather Hughes: This is hands down the BEST fruit salad ever! It is so colorful and absolutely delicious. The lime zest/juice is such a fun twist. It has very quickly become one of my go to recipes and I am extremely picky! Way to go Jaclyn, I’m so glad I found your page and am excited to try more of your recipes! August 17, 2018 at 8:45am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for leaving a review! August 22, 2018 at 11:24am Reply

  • K: Just right. Not too sweet but gives an added something to the fruit. Copied the recipe to the t except left out canned mandarins.
    Fed 8 adults with no problem. August 7, 2018 at 3:15pm Reply

  • Lenore Nix: What is a serving size of this delicious fruit salad? 1cup? 1/2cup? 3/4 cup? Thanks! August 7, 2018 at 12:07pm Reply

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