This colorful fruit salad with berries and melon is lightly sweetened with maple syrup and topped with fresh mint. It’s a refreshing and flavorful take on traditional fruit salad — perfect for summer snacking!

As you know, I’m a salad lover through and through and that includes fruit salads! This salad is so refreshing. I love making it ahead of time to snack on all week long and you can pretty much guarantee it will be at every potluck I attend!

White bowl with fruit salad including strawberries, pineapple, melon, apples and mint. A napkin and serving utensils are beside the bowl.

I love that fruit salads are so easy to put together — all you have to do is chop the fruit and mix! Plus, the possibilities are endless. Whatever fresh fruit you have on hand (or is on sale) will work. I mean I guess you could potentially come up with a bad tasting combo of fruit for a fruit salad but I don’t think I’ve ever had one.

White bowl with fruit salad including strawberries, pineapple, melon, apples and mint.

What Kind of Fruit to Use

My one fruit salad rule is that you MUST use fresh fruit. Canned fruit is definitely a no-go (just don’t!) and frozen fruit makes the fruit salad too juicy (in my opinion). I’m also not a huge fan of bananas in fruit salad. They stick to other fruit, turn brown and get too mushy.

The combination I came up for this recipe is nice because it involves a bunch of different textures and flavors. I love the juiciness of the pineapple, the crunch of the apple and the sweetness from the melon and strawberries. I think grapes would a nice addition as well — I just didn’t have any on hand.

Marble counter with a bowl of maple, sliced-in-half oranges, a pineapple, strawberries, melon, an apple and a spring of fresh mint.

Don’t Skip the Dressing!

The one component that you don’t want to skip is the fresh orange juice, maple and mint dressing. All three components add a nice pop of flavor to the salad, especially the fresh mint. It also makes it a bit more special than a simple bowl of fruit — something you’d feel good about serving for brunch or bringing to a party.

Glass mixing bowl with chopped strawberries, melon, apples, pineapple and fresh mint.

How to Serve this Fruit Salad

I love this salad on its own as a snack but it’s also a great side or even dessert for your next picnic! I know some people don’t consider fruit to be dessert so if that’s you, this fruit salad is delicious on top of ice cream, dipped in melted dark chocolate or topped with a dollop of coconut whipped cream. Yum!

Large serving bowl and two small bowls filled with fruit salad garnished with fresh mint.

More Fruit Recipes to Try:

If you make this fruit salad with mint and maple syrup, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers who are thinking about making the recipe. 

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White bowl with fruit salad including strawberries, pineapple, melon, apples and mint.

Fruit Salad with Mint


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

This colorful fruit salad with berries and melon is lightly sweetened with maple syrup and topped with fresh mint. 


Ingredients

  • 1 pint of strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 medium apple (I like Pink Lady, Honey Crisp or Jazz)
  • 1/2 large pineapple, chopped into chunks
  • 1 medium cantaloupe, chopped into chunks
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 12 teaspoons 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Just before serving combine all the fruit into a large bowl and gently mix. Top with orange juice, maple syrup and fresh mint. Gently stir to combine and serve.

  • Category: Salads
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 160
  • Sugar: 32g
  • Sodium: 25mg
  • Fat: 1g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
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    10 comments
    1. jade Munsters
      August 11, 2020 AT 4:01 pm

      Hi! how do you keep your fruit from going bad? my fruit always changes colour after an hour or so and I wanted to make a batch

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 11, 2020 AT 6:02 pm

        Hey Jade – I typically find that if I use bananas in fruit salads that happens, but without bananas like in this recipe I typically don’t notice that my fruit changes color. Let me know if you try this and what you think!

    2. Alicia
      August 3, 2020 AT 12:02 pm

      Great and colourful and fruit is so good for .

    3. amallia
      July 14, 2014 AT 4:50 am

      wow, refreshing salad, perfect for summer.Great idea.

    4. Osha Key
      June 24, 2014 AT 8:31 am

      That looks super delish!! Love the photos 🙂 And thanks for an idea to add mint to the fruit salad! Will have to try it 🙂

    5. babe + bird
      June 19, 2014 AT 2:48 pm

      Sounds incredibly refreshing for summer – I would never have thought of adding maple to the mint!

    6. huntfortheverybest
      June 19, 2014 AT 12:51 pm

      i love making fruit salad in the summer time. the maple and mint sound like a nice touch!

    7. Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake
      June 19, 2014 AT 7:47 am

      I love a good fruit salad. I like idea of adding mint.

    8. Heather @ eSmoothie Recipes
      June 18, 2014 AT 3:55 pm

      I *almost* bought mint to plant in my strawberry pot, but I picked parsley, rosemary & basil. Now I’m kicking myself!

      I never thought to put it in fruit salad. I bet it tastes very refreshing!

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