Loaded with juicy watermelon, red strawberries, pops of blueberries and plump blackberries, this sun-ripened summer fruit salad is topped with fresh mint and tossed in a simple honey lime dressing to create the most refreshing, summery salad you’ll make all season! Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad is perfect for cookouts, family gatherings, snacking and every single meal you’ll serve this summer.
We wait all year long to enjoy a good watermelon down here in the south. We know that when the temps go up, the melons get sweet and the eating gets good. And there’s no better way to quench the summer heat than with this Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad.
As a matter of fact, it’s an absolute must-have for surviving a hot southern summer! Vibrant and bursting with summer flavor, this salad is so light, cool and refreshing, it might even inspire a little al fresco dining!
But watermelon isn’t the only fruit you’ll find in this fresh and easy fruit salad. Loaded with summer berries, honey, lime and mint, this recipe is all about peak season fruit at its spectacular best.
Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad Ingredients
- seedless watermelon
- fresh mint
- lime juice & zest
- olive oil
How to Choose A Ripe Watermelon
As always a delicious dish starts with delicious ingredients, and that’s especially true for simple dishes. My favorite place to buy summer watermelons are at roadside stands or my local farmer’s market. They are always wonderfully ripe, having just come straight from the farmer’s fields that morning!
There are those times though, when we all just have to grab a melon from the supermarket. Here are 3 rules of thumb to make sure your watermelon is the sweetest, juicest one to be found at your local grocery store.
- It should feel heavy for it’s size, even the small ones. It’s heaviness means it’s loaded with all that wonderful juiciness we love about watermelons.
- It should sound hollow. Yes, tapping or thumping your watermelon is important. It should have a deep hollow sound that reverberates thanks to it’s high water content.
- It should have a yellow spot. A yellow spot on the melon may not look pretty, but it means the watermelon has ripened while lying on the ground, in a field, soaking up the sun, not ripened on a truck or in a warehouse somewhere. Choose a melon with a creamy yellow spot.
How To Make This Berry Watermelon Salad & Dressing
Prep the ingredients. Make sure the berries are washed and dried. Slice the melon and remove the fruit from the rind. Cut the fruit into ½″ squares. Remove the tops from the strawberries and either slice or quarter them, depending on how “chunky” you like your fruit salad to be. Lastly, julienne the mint.
Toss the salad. Add all of the fruit to a large bowl and gently toss. You don’t want to break down the watermelon or burst any berries! Sprinkle the sliced mint evenly across the top of the salad.
Dressing for Watermelon Fruit Salad
This simple dressing really amps up the fresh and light factor of this salad. Just whisk together honey, lime juice, lime zest and a little olive oil to create a light and refreshing dressing that adds the perfect zing to this mixture of fruit. Drizzle the dressing evenly across the top of the salad. Give the whole business another gentle toss and serve!
What to Serve With This Fruit Salad
Is there anything that wouldn’t be good with this salad? Seriously. It is perfect with breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, as an afternoon snack and as dessert. Here are a few things we love to serve with Berry Watermelon Salad for each meal.
Dessert. Serve ice cold with a dollop of fresh whipped cream.
For a little something different, try serving this salad on a platter instead of in a bowl!
Substitutions & Variations
This salad is nigh on perfect just the way it is. But should you like a little variety, here are a few substitutions you could make.
- Try agave instead of honey in the dressing.
- Don’t like mint? Basil is fresh and delicious with this melon salad as well!
- Add a little feta or goat cheese crumbles for a little sweet & salty deliciousness.
- Thinly sliced jalapeno creates a little sweet heat for this salad.
- Get crazy with your berries and add halved black or red seedless grapes or halved pitted cherries to the mix.
How to Store This Watermelon Salad
This salad should last 2-3 days in the refridgerator if covered tightly. To remove any extra water that the fruit releases as it sits, simply strain the salad before serving again.
Other Watermelon Recipes & Ideas You’ll Love
- Summery Watermelon Bruschetta
- Watermelon Sparkler Drinks
- Easy Melon Salad with Rotissserie Chicken & Garlic Vinaigrette
- A Watermelon Bar: Easy Summer Entertaining
- How To Make An Easy Watermelon Centerpiece
Summer is a time to celebrate! Here is to all summer has to offer you and your family!
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Berry Watermelon Salad With Honey Lime Dressing
- 3 C cubed watermelon (½" cubes)
- 1.5 C quartered strawberries
- 1 C blueberries
- 1 C blackberries
- ¼ C thinly sliced fresh mint
- 2 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 lime, zested
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Combine watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries gently in a large bowl. Sprinkle sliced mint over top.
- In a large measuring cup, whisk together honey, lime juice, lime zest and olive oil. Drizzle over fruit and mint. Gently toss to avoid bursting the berries. Serve immediately.