July 3, 2022

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Red White And Blue Fruit Salad

You only need 5 essential ingredients  and a few mins of prep time to make this easy Red White And Blue Fruit Salad. It is a colorful festive fresh fruit dessert perfect for patriotic parties, summer BBQs and picnics.

Suitable for vegan and gluten free diets. Weight Watchers points included.

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This easy Red White And Blue Fruit Salad will make a fun and colorful addition to your Patriotic celebrations. It takes a simple fruit salad to a whole new level and will have everyone coming back for seconds. 

You can even get the entire family involved in making this as a 4th of July Fruit Salad or a Memorial Day Fruit Salad or for Labor Day. Grown ups slice up the fruit and the kids cut out the shape and whip up the dressing. Fun for the whole family right?

This easy recipe makes great dessert or side dish for summer picnics, BBQs, cookouts and more.

And if you like this you might want to make these 4th of July Fruit Kabobs and delicious Watermelon Fruit Bowl and easy Southern Grape Salad.

a plate of patriotic fruit salad, with berries, apple and melon in a bowl on a table

Why Make This Recipe

  • Kid-Friendly – This is a super healthy kids treat that will satisfy a sweet tooth instead of candy.
  • Easy – Prepare in advance so you can spend time enjoying Patriotic Celebrations.  
  • Pretty presentation – Adding fruit star shapes means you can pile this in a fruit bowl and still have a fun and very festive presentation.
  • Customizable – Customize with your favorite fruits – just bear in mind the colors.
  • Budget friendly – Made with affordable ingredients and you can use up leftover fruit.
fresh fruit - watermelon, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and apples on. table for making patriotic fruit salad

Ingredient Notes

Please use fresh fruit for this salad.

  • Watermelon – Try and use seedless watermelon if you can.
  • Berries – this recipe calls for a combination of strawberries, blueberries, and red raspberries.
  • Apples – use firm sweet apples if possible.
  • Citrus – use fresh lemon juice or fresh lime juice.
  • Maple syrup – add to your taste.
  • Cutters – optional star-shaped cutters.

How To Make 4th Of July Fruit Salad

Make this easy patriotic fresh fruit salad with everyday ingredients

Get full ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Slice the watermelon and apples into half-inch thick slices.
  2. Cut out the star shapes using different size cutters and add them to a large bowl.
  3. Make salad dressing by mixing lemon juice and maple syrup until combined in a small bowl.
  4. Add salad dressing to salad, toss and adjust sweetness if needed.
  5. Serve immediately or chill for a few hours before serving.

Fruit Salads Recipe Tips

  • For a fun effect use different sized cookie cutters for cutting out the star shape.
  • To avoid some of your white flesh fruit like apples and bananas turning brown, especially if you are not going to add dressing to them straight away, you should squeeze some lemon or lime juice over them.
  • Feel free to get mixed fresh fruit from the grocery store if you prefer.
side view of a red white and blue fruit salad on a white tables, with some fruit dotted about.

Delicious Variations

  • Use fresh orange juice as a salad dressing.
  • I love topping this salad with delicious shredded coconut.
  • Add some citrus zest to enhance the flavor.
  • Use sugar or if not vegan you can use honey as a sweetener.

What Fruit To Use

  • Red Fruit – red fruit choices include watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, red grapes, red currants, and cherries.
  • White fruit – you can use apples, pears, white peaches, and white melon. You can also use banana but these go a bit mushy, so I avoid using them.
  • Blue fruit – you can use blueberries, blackberries, purple grapes.

Make Ahead And Storage

  • Prep Ahead – This is a recipe that tastes nice after a couple of hours. Prep ahead about 2-3 hours beforehand, refrigerate and mix occasionally so flavors in the salad develop.
  • Store – Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours. It is best if you remove as much air as possible so probably easiest with a ziptop bag.
  • Freeze – I don’t recommend freezing this recipe.
horizontal view of red white and blue fruit salad with star shaped melon and star shaped apple slices in a bowl

Serving Suggestions

You can serve this red white ad blue salad as is for a healthier treat. Alternatively here are some food ideas you can serve it with like pound cake like this Cream Cheese Pound Cake and some ice cream.

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Print Recipe

Red White And Blue Fruit Salad

Make this easy patriotic fresh fruit salad with everyday ingredients

Prep Time10 mins

Cook Time0 mins

Course: Lunch

Cuisine: American, Western

Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Servings: 8

Calories: 151kcal

Instructions

  • Slice the watermelon and apples into half inch thick slices.

  • Cut out the star shapes using different size cutters and add to a large bowl.

  • Make salad dressing by mixing lemon juice and maple syrup until combined in a small bowl.

  • Add salad dressing to salad, toss and adjust sweetness if needed.

  • Serve immediately or chill for a few hours before serving.

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Nutrition

Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 460mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 1654IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg