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The Best Ever Fruit Salad

The best ever fruit salad coated in a simple fruity dressing. Perfect for potlucks, summer parties, or a side dish to your meals!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 as a generous side dish
Author Chelsea



  • 2 large oranges (2/3 cup fresh orange juice (154g) and 1/2 teaspoon zest)
  • 2 large (79g) lemons (1/3 cup fresh lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest)
  • 1/4 cup (47g) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon poppyseeds


  • 2 clementines peeled
  • 2 cups (257g) fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 3 kiwis, peeled, halved, and sliced
  • 1 cup (168g) seedless grapes
  • 1 cup (150g) blueberries
  • 2 cups (275g) mangoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup (148g) blackberries
  • 1 cup (127g) raspberries


  • Bring the orange juice and zest, lemon juice and zest, and brown sugar to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer until slightly thickened (about 5 minutes). Remove the dressing from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract and poppyseeds. Set aside to cool completely.
  • Remove the stems from strawberries and chop into large chunks. Add to the bowl.
  • Thoroughly drain the mandarin oranges, remove the stems and thinly slice the strawberries, and peel the kiwis, halve them, and then thinly slice them. Remove the grapes from the stems.
  • In a large bowl, add in the prepared mandarin oranges, sliced strawberries, sliced kiwis, grapes, blueberries, mangoes, blackberries, and raspberries.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and lightly toss the ingredients together.
  • Return to the fridge to allow to cool and let the flavors meld.
  • Serve after the salad has been chilled, tossing once more.