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This easy Tropical Fruit Salad recipe made with fresh fruit and simple honey lime dressing is an easy side dish. This delicious fruit salad is perfect for cookouts during the summer months and goes with just about anything!

bowl of tropical fruit salad with mandarin oranges, kiwi, bananas, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries and honey lime dressing

If you have a variety of tropical fruit at your house, you can make this easy fruit salad recipe in just a few minutes. With its colorful mix of pineapples and delicious tropical flavors, this is the best fruit salad for summer.

This easy side dish goes well with burgers, steaks, grilled chicken, fish and just about everything else! It also doubles as a healthy dessert or healthy snack during warmer weather!

The nice thing about this summer fruit salad, like our Watermelon, Feta and Blueberry Salad and Marshmallow Fruit Salad, is that it’s so easy to prepare, and the kids can help with the prep work. Even the younger ones can help wash the fruit, slice bananas or peel the mandarin oranges.

Of course, they like to nibble as they work — who doesn’t? So, I just have to make sure there is enough fruit left over to go into the salad! 

What Fruit Goes in this Salad

I use our favorite tropical fruits in this colorful salad, combined with some of our favorite summer fruit.

  • Fresh Pineapple — make this easy salad easier and buy cut up fruit from your local grocery store
  • Fresh Kiwis
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Ripe Bananas
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Blueberries

You will also need a lime for the lime juice and honey to make the simple dressing for this fresh fruit salad recipe.

How to Make Tropical Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

blueberries and pineapple chunks in white bowl

Wash the fruit, and carefully cut the pineapple into small chunks. Peel the fuzzy skin off the kiwi fruit, and slice it thin.

I use as much fresh fruit as I can. But sometimes, I’ll buy a package of cut fruit from the store — think pineapple! Then, add the cut pieces of fruit to a large bowl.

The dressing for this easy tropical fruit salad recipe is super simple. I make an easy honey lime dressing for extra flavor. This simple fruit salad dressing also helps keep the bananas from turning brown.

Of course, you can leave the dressing off and just enjoy the natural sweetness of the ripe fruit.  If I don’t have a lemon or lime, I serve it as is and just add one banana to the top. 

honey lime dressing in small mixing bowl

Pour the dressing over the cut fruit, and gently mix until it’s well coated. Then, pop the salad into the fridge until you’re ready to serve it.

You’ve got to love how healthy and colorful this salad is! This is one salad that even my pickiest eaters eat without complaints!

summer fruit salad in white serving bowl

How to Store

Store this beautiful fruit salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator until your are ready to eat. Refrigerate any leftover fresh fruit salad for up to 3 days.

You can cover the serving bowl with plastic wrap or transfer leftovers to a separate container.

This delicious tropical fruit salad never lasts long in our house, though. Usually it’s gone before the next day!

bowl of cut up kiwi, pineapple, blueberries, strawberries, mandarin oranges and bananas

Recipe Variations

You can use a variety of fresh tropical fruits and sweet fruits in this tropical salad. Star fruit, passion fruit, dragon fruit, ripe mangos, cantaloupe are all great additions. Just use your favorite fruit.

If you don’t have a lime, you can use lemon juice or orange juice in the dressing. You can also add poppy seeds or use store bought poppy seed dressing in this colorful rainbow salad.

If you like coconut, sprinkle shredded coconut or toasted coconut over the salad before serving.

cut up summer fruit in a white serving bowl

Recipe FAQ

How long does fresh fruit salad last in the fridge?

This salad should last about 2-3 days before the fruit gets too soft. The dressing should help to preserve the bananas, but they turn mushy after a day or two.

Can I cut up fruit for salad the night before?

Yes, you can. Just keep the cut fruit in an airtight container or storage bags in the refrigerator. Add the banana the next day right before serving for best results.

5 from 7 votes

Easy Tropical Fruit Salad

By: Dee
This easy Tropical Fruit Salad recipe made with fresh fruit and simple honey lime dressing is an easy side dish. This delicious fruit salad is perfect for cookouts during the summer months and goes with just about anything!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8



  • 1 pineapple prepared and cut into small chunks
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • 4 kiwis peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 mandarin oranges peeled and divided up
  • 1 pint strawberries thinly sliced
  • 1 banana thinly sliced


  • 1 medium lime juice of
  • 2 tablespoons honey
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  • Prepare the fruit, and add everything to a large serving bowl
  • In a small bowl, mix the lime juice and honey until well combined. You can add another tablespoon of honey if you like it sweeter
  • Pour the dressing over the salad, and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve


You can use already prepared cut-up fruit from the store and canned mandarin oranges to make prep work easier. 
Add another tablespoon of honey if you like a sweeter dressing. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


Calories: 192kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 5mg, Potassium: 536mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 35g, Vitamin A: 453IU, Vitamin C: 152mg, Calcium: 62mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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I hope you enjoy this refreshing side dish as much as my family does. They say it’s the best tropical fruit salad ever and the next-best thing to being on a tropical island!

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Post was originally published in May 2015 and updated in April 2023.

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  1. Kiki says:

    The honey lime dressing is so delicious!! I never thought to make a dressing for a fruit salad but it elevated a very simple dish so much without making it too sweet. Love it!5 stars

  2. Sandra says:

    Such a delicious and refreshing salad!! Everyone loved it!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      So glad to hear this, Sandra. Thanks!

  3. Cathy says:

    Fruit salad is one of our favorites! Love this combo!