Reviews for Perfect Summer Fruit Salad
I really did not care for this. It was quite a bit of effort for a dressing that was taken over by the vanilla. Upon tasting, I felt the vanilla over the fruit was just an odd combination and not very good. I would have been better just using brown sugar on all that beautiful fruit. I brought it to someone's house along with a quiche I make. I was thanking my lucky stars I didn't show up with this fruit salad or I would have been annoyed. Not anything special and not worth the effort.
This is quite good, although I'm going to knock down the serving size a bit more; it does make a lot for one person to have it absolutely fresh each time.
I made a couple of changes to the recipe. We don't lime banana in fruit salads so I swapped it for fresh mango. I didn't have Orange juice in the fridge as I had thought. Had Coconut water with mango and passionfuit so used that in it's place. Also used a high quality vanilla bean paste. Took it to a pot luck dinner and everyone raved about it ????
I just made this and found myself eating what wouldn't fit in my large bowl. It's delicious. It will be even better after it's chilled.
I was looking for a good sauce for a fruit salad and made it as instructed in this recipe. Although I used the fruit I had on hand instead of those listed in this recipe, the citrus sauce complimented it wonderfully. Not too sweet, not too tangy. Thank you for the recipe.
I made this the other day and had some leftover so stuck it in the freezer. Pulled it out today and put some in the blender. Not only is it a delicious salad, it's a great smoothie recipe!
I used less of the brown sugar. Excellent!
So I was volunteered to bring a fruit bowl to my husband's granddad's 100 birthday. Never made one before. I found this one. So I decided to double the recipe because a lot of people would be there. I followed the directions exactly. The bowl weighed about 20lbs. I was a little irritated thinking I would have a lot to bring home....Not so. The unknown cousin next to us ranted to his wife that it was the best fruit salad he had ever had. He finished it and slurped down the juices. Then went back and got seconds and slurped it down again. My nephew's wife asked me what I had made it with, crack? So... there you have it. It is a keeper. Thanks for the recipe.
Made it for group breakfast. It was the one thing available that people kept going back for.
Use mandarin oranges. Little less citrus?
I make this every year for an event we throw on our property. I multiply it by 10 for around 75 people. It gets devoured by the end of the weekend!
The dressing is overpowering in its "citrusiness". I used less than half of what was suggested, but still found it too strong for the flavors of the other fruit.
Too heavy in flavour.covered the flavour of the fruit
A PERFECT summer salad...I wish I'd made a double-batch, it went so quickly at our graduation luncheon. We also made some pretty little kiddie cocktails, putting a little bit of the fruit in the bottom of a glass and topping it with lemonade and a bit of lemon lime soda. YUM!
Made a huge bowl of fruit and added your sauce....delicious, THANKS :-) Everyone loved it.
People liked seeing the layers of fruit through the glass bowl on the buffet. Savory presentation. Everybody enjoyed some. It was simple to make in the layers too. I cut most of the fruit right into the bowl. I added a layer of pears as there were some nice ripe ones at the store. Replaced 1/3 cup brown sugar with 1/2 cup raspberry preserves and added zest of a lime with its juice. It is an easily adjustable recipe. I made sure the added layer contrasted well with the layers above and below.
Hope this works out. I am making the day befor (no bananas though) for brunch tomorrow. I am reserving the sauce to add in the morning. Hope it’s not a mess!
This is a good fruit salad. just a bowl of refreshing fruit and citrus dressing my family absolutely love.
Very good - very pretty salad. But like others - the sauce didn’t thicken and I followed the advice of another who added cornstarch to the sauce. That worked. Thanks for the recipe!
I made this for my daughters office workers along with asparagus quiche, veggie pizza and cheese cake.? It was the hit of the buffet! Easy to put together and the dressing is awesome!!
I made this salad for a get together with my girlfriends and they loved it. One of my girlfriends even drank the juice after she was done with the fruit. We did not find the syrup to be too sweet, it was just right and even better the next day!
Will definitely make it again. Guests loved it!
I made this for a End of Summer Cottage Party! It was such a big hit! Everyone Just loved it.If you follow the Recipe Exactly /I added a "Drained" a small can of" Tropical Fruit: to the top layer/Be sure not to mix all the fruit up after you layer it.Just pour the sauce over it and cover with Saran Wrap and Foil.(Keeps it very cold). I had a large stainless steel bowl filled with Ice cubes in transport to the Party,I know I will be making this again Thanks All Recipe!So Simple!
Absolutely wonderful. I served it yesterday at my Mama's 85th Birthday Party. I accidentally forgot it in the refrigerator and didn't get to serve it until the party was almost over. The family still ended up eating 75% of it as we hung out and reminisced! Will add to favs and make again.
Big hit at luncheon. Added some other fruits and didn't use orange slices. Cooked sauce 2x as long and still very runny, may cook longer next time.
This was great! Made for a brunch that I was having over the weekend. It was wonderful that I could make it the afternoon before (without the bananas) and just store in the fridge overnight. I skipped the oranges, as they are a pain to cut into sections. I also mixed all the fruits together as I thought the pictures of it done that way looked prettier and that it would be easier for everyone to serve themselves at my buffet. Also added blackberries on top as they looked so beautiful in the photos. This is a keeper!
Tried this recipe on an outing with friends. Too mushy. Won't be making it again.
I am a new widower who needs to learn more about food and cooking. This recipe attracted me because of its beauty and simplicity. I doubled all ingredients and brought it to a recent family picnic. I expected the amount of brown sugar to result in a sweeter taste but I think it was mitigated by the tartness of the pineapple. Still next time I will cut back the sugar by 25% or so.
I loved this recipe. I added lavender to enhance the vanilla and play off the citrus and it was amazing!
All that sugar turns the fruit to poison. The fruit doesn't need the syrup. The fruit will cease to be healthy with the sugar.
Yummy yummy yummy! You have to try it, pronto! It was easy to make, very pretty, and not to mention delicious! Everyone in my family liked it, even if they only ate one particular fruit, they still ate it:) I'm excited to try it with all different fruits. I used frozen orange juice and than thawed it, because I knew if I bought a jug, it would be gone by the time I got to it. I didn't have 3 hours(just about 30 minutes) to chill, but it was still fabulous. You need to try it!
Yummy and did it for a luncheon and totally gone.
I thought the sauce could be better.
Made this for Mother's day brunch. I love it, and so did my mother. :)
This fruit salad was amazing. I made the glaze according to the directions minus a bit of the lemon juice. I didn't have a full 1/3 cup - was about half that but it did not matter. It was delicious. I used strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples, clementines and bananas. The glaze was just sweet enough to enhance the fruit. It was just the right amount of sweetness. It was beautiful and a huge hit! Will definitely make again.
It was sweet and not unpleasant, but disguised almost completely the real taste of the fruit. I was looking for something to bring out the fruit flavor, but this was way too strong in my opinion.
Made this for a hot summer day baby shower. Everyone loved it because of the delicious flavor, because it was so refreshing and it looked gorgeous too!
This was the most amazing, easy, and delicious fruit salad ever! This recipe is 100% perfect as is. After chilling a few hours, make sure you serve any sauce that gathered on the bottom of the bowl on your fruit. Have you ever got a sweet tooth and reached for a cookie because fruit doesn’t seem to cut it? Not with this recipe! It was the perfect and balanced blend of fruit with a “candied” taste. Super nutritious as well…5 stars!
Sooooo good. I made it this past Memorial Day and the only complaint was that I didn't make enough :D
Tasty blend! Didn't change a.thing and loved it!
I made the recipe exactly as written. I gave it a 5 star because it deserves one. I made a couple mistakes so it wasn’t a 5 star but only a 4 because of my mistakes. First I made it the night before. I layered all the fruit and I should not have put in the bananas because they weren’t as fresh as they should have been. Second, I forgot the vanilla so I decided to just put the vanilla in and stir it up in hopes it mixed with the sauce. So I had to stir it the night before which didn’t help my bananas or kiwi which started to fall apart. Third, my fruit was not ripe enough or in season so we all know there taste was not up to par. I will definitely make this again and again! I will remember my mistakes and correct those. If I have to cut up the fruit again the night before, I will put each fruit in a plastic bag and not cut my bananas. I will also make my slices a little thicker. I might also use tangerines instead of oranges. My oranges came from California but I didn’t like how thick the rinds where and the taste was off. I think my salad will be perfect next time. Thank you for such a clean food salad!
Made this for a Super Bowl party and it was a big hit, everyone loved it! Looked beautiful and tasted wonderful. The sauce tasted weird when I first made it, but after putting it together with the fruit and chilling it, it added that special something.
I made this for Christmas starter for a change. It was delicious, lots left over because there are only two adults and two kids but next day it was not too bad but instead, I threw it in the nutri bullet to serve smoothies, just added yoghurt and they were delicious. Would recommend this recipe and what to do with left overs to everyone!
Did not care for this at all. The fruit was better before the sauce. It had a tart taste that seemed to sour the fruit. It never gets thick nothing in the ingredients to thicken it. Would not make again.
I made this for a girls' night in BBQ and it was totally devoured. Everyone raved about it. The sauce is what makes this soooo great! I did not change a thing except to add the bananas right before it was served(I don't like soggy bananas!). I will definitely make this for summer BBQ's in the future.
Great recipe! I used all the ingredients, but I did cut the oranges into bite sized chunks. I also cut some of the larger grapes in half.
Wow! Very delicious just the way it is written. Thanks for sharing!
This was delicious!! Used the recipe as written. After refrigerating the juices from fruit add flavor to the dressing! This has been a "go-to" recipe all summer. My son has raved about this fruit all summer!!
Made this for about 70 people...wataa wonderful recipe!
Excellent blend of flavors. I made the salad in January. Because of the magical syrup, everything tasted as though it had been picked at the height of summer! After two hours, I noticed my bananas were starting to turn brown. Is there any fix for this?
LOVE this fruit salad! I've made it three times already and will probably have a bowl of it ready to eat all summer!
Super easy. Always a hit at gatherings!
Took this to a party and it was a hit! Not too sweet and it doesn't take away from the taste of the fruit. It also kept the bananas and apples from going brown. Thanks for the great recipe
I made this for a Fathers' Day family celebration and it was a big hit! I loved that I could dress it in the morning and at dinner it tasted as though I just cut and served fresh fruit. This is my new "go to" fruit salad. Thank you!
Pretty simple and totally delicious!
Really wanted this to work. I love all the ingredients. But somehow brown sugar and vanilla do not belong over fresh fruit.
I made this for July 4th get-together. Everyone complimented it. My husband loved it so I made it again the next day with the extra fruits I had in the refrigerator. I did dip the banana slices in lemon juice so they wouldn't turn brown and look ugly. I will make this again, no doubt. I followed the sauce recipe as written. I think that it really brought out the flavors in the fruits so don't skip it !
Tastes great, but the sauce never did thicken...it just pooled in the bottom of the bowl. The kids still loved it, though. I added blackberries and diced cantaloupe.
So simple, but so delicious!
I found the sauce tasty, but terribly tart, and I love tart. It overwhelmed the fruit.
the sauce is LIFE
This was terrible. Soggy mess.
It was delicious, and the syrup did thicken for me. But as the dish was eaten and as it sat a bit, it seemed to have too much liquid at the bottom, almost turning into fruit soup towards the end of the party. I guess next time I will drain it a bit after about 1/2 of the fruit is gone.
Tastes great, but it ends up with the fruit floating in an awful lot of juice!
Made this today. Made a few minor changes based on availability of fruit. Oranges not in season, so bought 1 for peel, and some juice, but used fresh orange juice in a bottle for rest of needed juice. Added fresh cantaloupe instead. Doubled sauce since we doubled the recipe, but used about 1/2 of it in salad. It is marinating now, to serve in about 3 hours, but all taste testers agreed it tasted phenomenal. Can't wait to take it to a birthday celebration later today and actually have some. We expect 30 adults at the party today, and doubling the recipe seems like more than enough. Thanks for the recipe.
I made this for a family function yesterday and everyone loved it! I'll definitely make this again.
I made this recipe for Easter brunch and it was a great hit. I did not use pineapple, and added blackberries, but I think the dressing makes this dish.
I must have done something wrong. I followed the recipe to the T and the sauce did not thicken and was very tart. My fruit looked beautiful but after adding the sauce my fruit looked sad. and my raspberries turned to mush. I tasted it after several hours and it was so tart I had to add a little sugar. In the end it was all gone at the potluck so I guess it passed with the sugar addition.
The sauce you pour over the fruit made the salad! I used pineapple, kiwi, blueberries, blackberries, fresh tangerines and grapes. I only had one orange so I juiced that and adjusted the lemon juice, sugar and vanilla to taste. Will definitely make this sauce again - it’s easy and a little goes a long way. Brings all the fruit flavors together. Thanks for posting this recipe!
I made this for Easter and everyone loved it! I even had to give the recipe out.
Only changes made was in types of fruit and amounts. Used 3 cups each of strawberries, green grapes, blueberries, and 3 oranges halved. Sauce was excellent, it was a crow pleaser. Will do again. Thanks for the recipe.
Looks as good as it tastes !.....
did not use kiwi - it was delicious
Fruit salad was very good, a great mixing of flavors. Will be making it again for a family dinner.
Very good. I will definitely make it again.
4 stars instead of 5 due to just a bit too sweet for my taste. Next time I'll delete the brown sugar. If doesn't work, I'll delete the sugar. It's trial and error. I loved the choice of fruits and simplicity of the salad.
Makes a pretty fruit salad. Love the variety of fruits. Best fruit salad I've ever had!
This was an awesome salad. Way too much for our family of three but we made it into smoothies the next day and it was delicious for that! Just added milk and yogurt!
OMG!!! I didn't get to taste it, but everyone a the cookout devoured this fruit salad! I had so many people coming up to me telling me that it was delicious! I have this recipe saved, and I will be making it again. I did not make any changes; it is perfect as is.
I couldn't be more pleased! I cut up the fruit the night before and added the syrup. I added bananas in the morning. It adds a "hint" of sweetness which is sometimes needed this time of year. I did drain some of the liquid before serving it.
No changes & yes I will make it again. My company loved it!
I made this for the rehearsal dinner for my son's wedding and it was delicious. The only change I made was to omit the bananas because I felt they would get mushy quickly. One warning: I used the feature on this site where you can adjust the number of people you are feeding and it wasn't accurate. I adjusted the number of servings to 50, which was the number at the dinner, and it could have easily fed 100. I had a ton of salad left. Luckily I took it to the wedding the next day and added it to the buffet supper and it got eaten. I was especially glad I hadn't added the bananas because the salad was a little mushy as it was on the second day. This will not hold over more than a day, but it is very, very tasty.
It was a lovely salad, but it just wasn't quite sweet enough. I think perhaps some whipped cream on top would have helped. Perhaps my berries were a bit tart. I did use organic fresh blackberries from the farmers market but everything else was as recipe called for.
This salad was great for a party, in fact it was the first thing that was gone, this recipe makes plenty for at least 10-15 people. I had many people ask for the recipe so will definitely use it again. It was perfect, no changes needed!
I agree this is a great sauce for fruit salad. Got rave reviews. It is also quite flexible- you can make it with any fruits you wish, and don’t have to layer it if you don’t want to. The other day, I made it with peaches, blueberries, and strawberries as that was all I had, put in a little chopped mint and mixed it up! Delish. I did not change anything about the “sauce” though.
I made this recipe X 6 for a summer graduation party. The only changes were to substitute a gallon of cubed pineapple for the fresh to save on cost and not take chances with un-ripened pineapple. My kiwi weren't ripe enough even after a night in a paper bag so I omitted them, but I would add when I make it again. The salad was plenty sweet, I will cut back on brown sugar. It's okay that it was so juicy, we served in clear plastic cups and filled with a slotted spoon. The leftovers make FANTASTIC SMOOTHIES! I might even consider making a large batch just to freeze into cups when fruit is on sale. Just add ice in the blender. We got lots of compliments! I use allrecipes.com for many dishes. I like to read the reviews for suggestions and ratings.
No bananas but added significantly more fruit to each layer as my glass bowl is pretty large. Didn't need to increase the "dressing" - there was plenty.
I didn't make changes...and I will make it again Patti O.
Doubled the recipe for a large group - no leftovers! Lots of raves! Will definitely make this again.
The perfect go-to summer salad.
Too sweet. Cut the sugar and add the sauce to it before serving.
Very time consuming but worth the effort. Fresh and extremely pleasant. Nice combination of fruits with a lil zest.
The title of this fruit salad is right on. It is PERFECT. I used 4 halos (clementines) for the orange sections because they are smaller sections. It was a hit at our cookout.
This was DELICIOUS! Made it according to the directions. It was a hit!
Didn't change a thing and oh my was it good! Both adults and kids went back for more.
Fruit awesomeness!!!! Thanks for the recipe!!