There is nothing more classic for a summer side dish than a fruit salad. The key is knowing how to make a fruit salad that is delicious yet healthy. Fruit has got you covered on both ends! Here are some of the absolute best fruits that you can use to make the best fruit salads.
Citrus is a cornerstone of any fruit-based treat. Why? They provide a flavor and an acidity that is unrivaled by the rest of the fruit world. There aren’t very many kinds of citrus, but they range widely in their level of sweet/sour flavor. Their textures, however, are generally similar. Oranges are citrus and are packed with healthy vitamin C. They also happen to be the only citrus fruit that is naturally quite sweet, making it a must-have for a great fruit salad. If you wish to get tangier, you could also include lemons, limes, or grapefruits. But be cautious! Lemons and limes are sour enough that whole slices can be unpleasant to eat in a salad. Instead, try just mixing in some lemon or lime juice, or grating the skin a little to add some zest.
Fibrous fruits are healthy for different reasons – but they are just as delicious, if not more so! Fibrous fruits are great for healthy teeth. They provide the fiber and nutrition necessary to keep you going strong. They include pears, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, mangos, and more. Clearly, you have a lot of tasty options to choose from. Try and choose the fruits that will go well together in both texture and flavor. Mixed berries are a common popular choice in a fruit salad. Just make sure you avoid the grocery option that includes added sugar to keep it healthy.
Melons are a great final ingredient for your fruit salad. They are usually large, hydrating, sweet, and healthy, with lots of fruit flesh ready to be cubed up and eaten inside one single affordable melon. You can choose from watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew, contrasting their simplicity with the zest of citrus or the punch of some berries. All in all – they’re a great way to round it all out.
Fruit salads are a classic hit. They’re easy, tasty, and can be made in bulk for lots of people to share on a porch during a summer afternoon. If you get a good group of diverse, healthy fruit, you’ll find yourself making fruit salad all the time!
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