Honey Lime Fruit Salad

I have a cousin, Ryan, who is at least a decade and a half younger than me but who has managed to grow near and dear to my heart by a) having the patience to teach me to text faster – or at all, for that matter (I’m soooo behind the times, people) and b) sending his mother (my trusty Aunt Marilyn) this fruit salad recipe who then passed it along to me. I mean, how can you not love a nearly 19-year old kid who can text one-handed behind his back accurately and who has the culinary intuition to recognize a great fruit salad when he tastes one?

You may be in that camp of people who insist you don’t need a recipe for fruit salad. If that is the case, then pretend this isn’t a recipe and make it anyway.

Honey Lime Fruit Salad

A perfect fruit salad for spring when not every variety of fruit is yet in it’s peak of perfection, this combination is delightful and light and a perfect side dish for a myriad of dishes (we’ve enjoyed it lately with this and this and this to name a few). What takes this fruit salad to the next level is the three secret ingredients: tart lime zest, sweet honey and the slight crunch of poppy seeds.

I’ve made this simple and tasty fruit salad at least five times in the last two weeks and have loved every bite of it. The icing on the cake is that it takes no more than ten minutes to throw together (possibly even less if you have some wicked can-draining and knife-wielding skills!).

Honey Lime Fruit Salad

Honey Lime Fruit Salad

Yield: Serves 4

Honey Lime Fruit Salad

Note: This fruit salad is best served right away (or at least within an hour of making) because the strawberries tend to stain the light colored fruit. It doesn’t affect the taste at all but is a slight bummer for presentation.


  • 1 (20 oz.) can pineapple chunks, drained well
  • 1 can mandarin oranges, drained well
  • 2-3 ripe kiwi, peeled and sliced into thick half moons
  • 1 cup green grapes, halved
  • 1 cup strawberries, quartered
  • Zest from one lime, about 1 tablespoon
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds (optional)


  1. Combine the fruit in a medium-large serving bowl. Add the lime zest and poppy seeds, if using, and gently toss.
  2. Drizzle the honey over the fruit and again, gently mix until the fruit is evenly coated with the honey. Serve.

Recipe Source: adapted from my cousin Ryan


63 Responses to Honey Lime Fruit Salad

  1. Kim in MD says:

    This looks so refreshing! I really like that you use some canned ingredients (for, like you said, times when fresh is just not that great), along with fresh! I am going to make this for company this weekend…thanks for sharing, Mel! πŸ™‚

  2. Reagan says:

    YUM!!! oh my goodness, this looks so good! I am seriously addicted to fruit! When I was pregnant it was ALL I wanted to eat… and it has kinda stuck with me, even though my baby is almost 8 months!! πŸ™‚ So pretty and sounds delicious!!


  3. canuck_grad says:

    I sampled a fruit salad with honey and lime juice in the grocery store last year and it was amazing! However, it also had some chopped fresh mint in it. I tried to make it at home, and it didn’t work out so well… I don’t know if the mint was just not good or something, but it kind of had a dirty taste to it, as if I hadn’t washed the mint and it was really dusty (it wasn’t and I did wash it!). Anyway, thanks for this – I think maybe I’ll try it again without the mint and see if it’s better! If you’re braver than me you could try it with mint though and tell us all if it’s good πŸ™‚

  4. Mandy says:

    Yum! I usually just use bananas mashed with honey or cover the berries in sugar and use that juice, but this looks Way better! Does it keep well in the fridge or should I add the dressing only just before serving?

    • Mel says:

      Mandy – I would add the lime and honey right before serving – this isn’t one of those salads that keep terribly well, sadly.

  5. Angie says:

    Ooooohh Yummy! This might just have to grace our table (sometimes) instead of the baby spinach, mandrin orange, strawberry salad that I make MANY times during the summer months! Thanks for sharing.

  6. This fruit salad is so gorgeous and looks delicious!

    I have to tell you that last night I made your sweet and sour chicken recipe from Tasty Kitchen. Ohmigosh was it fantastic!! My hubby thought it was one of the best meals he has ever had! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  7. I love the simplicity of this. Nothing better on a spring or summer day than a bowl of freshfruit! Looks awesome.

  8. Sara says:

    I’m one of those people who says that you don’t need a recipe for fruit salad…but this sounds wonderful. Honey and lime? Yum! As soon as I get some more fruit, I’m making this. πŸ™‚

  9. Cammee says:

    All of your recipes I opened today (you’ve been busy!) look so tasty! I could live off fruit, I’m sure I won’t have to worry about this not keeping well because I’ll eat it all in one sitting!

  10. MelanieL says:

    I was just asked to bring fruit salad to a Mother’s Day brunch, this will be a hit! Looks so good!

  11. Carmen Ostrander says:

    My Mom found this recipe years ago (like 30)! It is the best. It really perks up fruit that is not as flavorful as you would like it to be.

  12. Jenn says:

    I love fruit salad and this one looks divine. I will definitely be trying it this week.

  13. Veronica M. says:

    This sounds like a wonderful breakfast!

  14. grace says:

    the poppy seeds combined with the kiwi seeds would definitely satisfy my need for crunch. great salad, melanie!

  15. Julie says:

    I need a recipe for everything. This looks so fresh and yummy…thanks Ryan!

  16. Janeil says:

    Made this on Saturday for the Kentucky Derby party and it was so yummy. I loved the hint of lime and honey. It is not overpowering at all but adds so much to the fruit. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Angie says:

    WoW!! Looks so scrumptious!! I am going to a cookout this weekend…think I’ll be bringing this as my dish to pass!!

  18. Amy says:

    My family loved this salad. I think I would like it better with fresh pineapple, since the canned ends up making the salad soggy in a hurry. Unfortunately I read the part about not preparing more than an hour before you serve it after I had prepared the salad at around 2 for a 7 o’clock dinner. Next time I will read all the instructions before I start. LOL! The flavors of the lime zest and honey give the salad such a tasty kick! Thanks for posting this one. It’s a new fave! πŸ™‚

    • Mel says:

      Amy – I agree with you – I think fresh pineapple would make this salad even better. Thanks for checking in with your review!

  19. Julianne says:

    Excellent excellent. Had this with mashed potatoes and your Honey Roasted Chicken tonight. This was SO good. The lime and honey addition is what I have been missing my whole fruit-salad-making life and didn’t know it. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to go back to just a bunch of fruit thrown together without the lime and honey. Yay for another winner!

    • Mel says:

      Julianne – thanks for weighing in. Please plan on making this for me in MT. And the chicken, too. I’ll put my feet up and watch the kids and you can cook. Deal?

  20. Loralee says:

    Hey, we are going to make a fruit pizza, and mix the poppy seeds, lime zest, and honey into the cream cheese, and put it all on top of a giant snickerdoodle cookie. Dessert heaven. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  22. What a lovely tropical fruit salad! It makes me want to be in summer

  23. MaryAnn says:

    This is my favorite way to serve fresh fruit in the summer. But instead of poppy seeds, I add finely diced, fresh mint. It is AMAZING! You should try it with the mint!

  24. Kristen says:

    OH MY…another winner! I just had to comment and let you know that this is by far the best fruit salad I’ve EVER had, hands down…simply no comparison! I also love how simple it is to throw together! Since my first sampling of it (and the portion was much bigger than a sample size) one week ago, I crave it constantly and have made it almost every day this past week! Thank you so much Mel for another keeper!!! I get excited with each new recipe that you post because I know you’ll never let me down! THANK YOU!!!

  25. Shana says:

    I made this yesterday for an Easter dinner with friends. It was great! The lime zest and honey made it special. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Julie B. says:

    I have made your yummy fruit salad at least a dozen times. Every time I have served it to guests I get asked for the recipe. This is the best fruit salad ever!!

  27. Amy M says:

    This was so tasty! I usually don’t like fruit salad but tried this with Thanksgiving dinner and it was a big hit. Both my 1 and 3 year old inhaled it which is always a bonus. The honey lime dressing is so simple and would be yummy on almost any fruit combination. This is a great potluck dish. Also, the leftovers don’t look pretty but they still taste great. I’m eating 3 day old leftovers as I type this and am enjoying every bite.

  28. Deb says:

    I changed this recipe a bit and used raspberries in place of the strawberries but I think I would have liked the strawberries better. I also think it could have benefitted from sitting for awhile before eating so the flavors could meld. But, it was a nice sweet and fruity accompaniment to a savory meal. Thanks!

  29. Brianna says:

    I love this salad and have made it many times and everyone always loves it…well, except a few kids who were a little freaked out by the poppy seeds. I don’t add kiwi because I don’t like it and wouldn’t know how to pick a ripe one anyway. But, I wanted to mention too that a few times, I haven’t had strawberries on hand, so I’ve used apples instead. Weird, I know, but still good. They don’t turn brown because of the pineapple juice I think, and we still love it!

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  31. Jessi says:

    Just got done making and eating this for Easter dinner. It was FANTASTIC! My store was out of kiwi and I forgot to pick up the mandarin oranges, so all I put in it was fresh pineapple, strawberries, and grapes. Both my sister and mom commented that they are definitely going to be making this recipe, too. Now I’m off to find a recipe that uses lime juice to use up the lime!

  32. Annie says:

    Thanks for the recipe. We made it for Easter, and it was lovely.

  33. Kathy says:

    I made this for a potluck today at church and it was fantastic!

  34. Holly says:

    I thought I didn’t need a recipe for fruit salad. Boy was I wrong. The lime zest is a brilliant addition!

  35. sofaia says:

    Made this for 4th of July and again the following weekend. The addition of the lime zest is incredibly delish! Mel, you have officially become my one shop stop for mouth watering recipes. Thank u, thank u, thank u from my tummy to yours!

  36. Jenn W. says:

    I think that every time I make a fruit salad now, I will be adding a touch of honey and some lime zest. It just brings the fruit salad to a whole new level of delicious!! Another winner from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe!!

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  38. Katie says:

    My cousin brought this to a family reunion, and it was a hit! One bite and I knew it had to be the same fruit salad I’d had bookmarked for ages. Sure enough, I asked her where she got the recipe and she said Mel’s Kitchen Cafe! After raving about your recipes and swapping our favorites to look up later, we got back to eating this fantastic fruit salad πŸ™‚ I love that the dressing is subtle, but full of flavor. It didn’t take away from the flavor of the fruit at all. I will definitely be making this one again!

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  40. Deb says:

    Made this again and listened to my previous comments and used the strawberries this time, they were perfect. I also made it the night before and really thought that added to the flavor. Love the combination of fruits, thanks Mel!

  41. Carrie says:

    I made this for Easter and loved it! I usually don’t use a recipe for fruit salad because I think fruit was fabulous on its own but this was a great change for a fancier occasion.

  42. fmandds says:

    Mel, I made this for my nephews birthday party and we all enjoyed it. I left the poppy seeds out though. My mom who doesn’t like honey in the slightest ate it, said she’d eat honey this way only.

  43. Sarana says:

    loved this salad!. i too did without the kiwi. I had fresh pineapple on hand to use. my husband almost made me leave out the lime zest but he was glad he didn’t stop me. kid & hubby approved makes it a keeper in my book! thank you!

  44. Sophie says:

    Can syrup be used instead of honey?

    • Mel says:

      Sophie – you’ll have to experiment. I don’t know what kind of syrup you mean and I’ve always used honey but I’m sure this could be varied with good results.

  45. Marie says:

    How many serving would you say this salad serves and how big of a serving? I’d like to make it for a RS dinner. Thanks

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  47. Bryan says:

    This was awesome! My wife loved it even more than I did!

  48. Janette says:

    Would this work with chia seeds instead of poppy seeds?

  49. Mimi says:

    So love this! Didn’t make it until this summer, but after making it once . . . I’m hooked and have made it repeatedly. I’ve found that it’s delicious with just about any fruit combination. With it being summer, I’m using a lot of fresh fruits and everywhere I take this salad I am praised. Thanks for another yummy and healthy recipe. I’m passing it along on my blog tomorrow (with my favorite combination of fresh fruits) . . . just had to share! Thanks!! You are the best!

  50. Jennifer says:

    A-mazing!!!! My fruit-hating son tried it (I bribed him with dessert to get him to try this) and he LOVED IT. Asked for seconds and for me to make some for his lunch the next day. He tried 5 different fruits that he swore he wouldn’t like and loved them all thanks to YOU!! Not to mention everyone else loved this too, we are addicted now. πŸ™‚

  51. katie says:

    I made this tonight. So amazingly delicious. It made the fruit pop. Thanks, Mel.

  52. Lilly says:

    I served this salad to a group of six. They all loved it. Two male guests (one a retired judge, the other a retired high-ranking naval officer) loved the dressing so much they tipped up the bowl and slurped up what had settled to the bottom! Best kind of compliment!

  53. Steph says:

    I have a similar fruit salad recipe that is one of my favorites. I have been saving recipes from your blog for several days now; I am really impressed! It is so nice to find a great collection of recipes that have been tested, most of them are quick, and your instructions are perfect. Nice work, and thanks for providing this terrific collection for all of us who must cook if we want to eat πŸ™‚ so we might as well cook something yummy.

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