This EASY 4th of July fruit salad is made with honeydew star cutouts, a medley of juicy berries, and a bright honey lime dressing.

Looking for an amazing and simple 4th of July fruit salad? This is it! Check out this post for my tips to making the perfect summer BBQ side dish.

Fourth of July fruit salad in a bowl with fruit surrounding it


 

Fourth of July celebration planning is in full swing at our house. We’re all so excited for fireworks, parades, BBQs, swimming, and of course — some of my favorite patriotic recipes!

This easy red white and blue fruit salad is a great side dish for all patriotic holidays and summer holidays, including Labor Day and Memorial Day.

Honeydew, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries all come together in a sweet honey lime dressing that makes every flavor sing. It really takes an average fruit salad to the next level!

The honeydew stars are so easy to make and add such a fun touch to this dish. Just cut slices of honeydew with star cookie cutters, and the rest is a piece of cake!

I recommend making this delicious salad no more than four hours before eating, then keeping it stored in the fridge until ready to serve. There’s truly nothing better than a chilled, fresh fruit salad on a hot summer day!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Festive and fun
  • Sweet and light
  • Perfect for 4th of July BBQs
  • Simple ingredients

You also might like these favorite summer sides – tomato corn feta salad, potato salad, cucumber tomato salad, and gluten-free pasta salad.

You also might like these gluten-free 4th of july recipes or this gluten-free 4th of july dessert.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Here’s what you’ll need to make this fruit salad:

Fourth of July fruit salad ingredients on a countertop
  • Honeydew melon: Honeydew is a mild, sweet melon that is a perfect compliment to the berries in the fruit salad. It’s a pale green color that almost looks white, so it’s perfect for making star shapes! You could also use watermelon slice to create these stars, but I like the look of the white melons.
  • Strawberries: Sweet strawberries provide a nice red color that goes well with the Fourth of July theme. I like using sliced strawberries that are cut lengthwise into halves or quarters.
  • Raspberries: Raspberries are another essential fruit for this red, white, and blue fruit salad! Fresh is best!
  • Blueberries and blackberries: For the blue fruit, I like using juicy blueberries and blackberries. The combination adds more variety to the texture and flavor. But you can use one or the other, if you prefer.
  • Limes: Always use freshly squeezed lime juice for this fruit salad. It’s much more flavorful than bottled lime juice.
  • Honey: Honey balances the tartness of the berries and brings out even more of the sweetness. IT’s the secret to AMAZING fruit salad!

For more holiday salads, check out these recipes for thanksgiving fruit salad, easter fruit salad, pear goat cheese salad, halloween fruit salad and thanksgiving green salad.

How to Make 4th of July Fruit Salad

Lime zest, lime juice, and honey in a bowl
  • Whisk together the lime juice and honey. 
Honeydew melon cut into star shapes
  • Cut the honeydew into 1-inch slices. Use a small star cookie cutter to cut out stars. 
Fruit in a bowl
  • Add the honeydew stars, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and lime zest to a large serving bowl. 
Fourth of July fruit salad tossed in a bowl
  • Pour lime and honey over the fruit just before serving and mix to combine. Enjoy!

Storage Instructions

This Fourth of July fruit salad tastes best if eaten shortly after preparing. You can store it in the fridge in an airtight container, but the fruit will release some of the juices over time and could become soggy.

side angle shot of Fourth of July fruit salad in a bowl with fruit surrounding it

FAQs

What fruits don’t go together in fruit salad?

Fruits like pears, bananas, and peaches can become brown and mushy when cut up and combined with other fruits. For this reason, it’s best to avoid adding them to a fruit salad. It’s also best to avoid fruits that have pits (like cherries) and dried fruit should also be avoided.

What do you put on fruit salad to keep it from turning brown?

You can add lemon juice or lime juice to fruit salad to keep it from turning brown. You can combine the acidic juice with honey and zest to create a fruit salad “dressing”, or just squeeze the juice over the top of the salad and toss to combine. For optimal freshness, it’s always best to prepare fruit salad just before eating.

What is fruit salad made of?

Fruit salad can be made of many different types of fruits, including melons, berries, grapes, and more. Ideally, you should avoid fruits that could turn brown or mushy, such as pears, nectarines, peaches, or bananas. Otherwise, get creative and add your favorite fruits. Some of the most popular fruit salad combinations include raspberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon.

Expert Tips & Tricks

  • I love using this small star cookie cutter for the honeydew melon. It’s so festive and fun for the Fourth! If you don’t have a star cookie cutter, you can just dice the honeydew into cubes.
  • I highly recommend using both fresh lime juice and lime zest. The zest adds even more intense lime flavor and adds great color, too!
  • I love the combination of berries and honeydew in this Fourth of July fruit salad. But you’re welcome to use other red and blue fruits, if you prefer. Watermelon or red grapes could work well!
Fourth of July fruit salad in a bowl with fruit surrounding it and spoon scooping some out

More 4th of July Recipes

I hope you love this July fruit salad recipe as much as we do! If you try this festive fruit salad, be sure to leave me a comment/rating below. I’d love to hear from you! 

Fourth of July fruit salad in a bowl with fruit surrounding it
5 from 4 votes

4th of July Fruit Salad (Honey Lime Dressing!)

Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
This EASY 4th of July fruit salad is made with honeydew star cutouts, a medley of juicy berries, and a bright honey lime dressing.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe honeydew melon
  • 16 ounces strawberries
  • 8 ounces blueberries
  • 6 ounces raspberries
  • 6 ounces blackberries
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Instructions 

  • Cut the honeydew into 1-inch slices. Use a small star cookie cutter to cut out stars.
  • Add the honeydew stars, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and lime zest to a large serving bowl.
  • Whisk together the lime juice and honey. Pour over the fruit just before serving and mix to combine. Enjoy!

Notes

RECIPE NOTES
  • I love using this small star cookie cutter for the honeydew melon. It’s so festive and fun for the Fourth! If you don’t have a star cookie cutter, you can just dice the honeydew into cubes.
  • I highly recommend using both fresh lime juice and lime zest. The zest adds even more intense lime flavor and adds great color, too!
  • I love the combination of berries and honeydew in this Fourth of July fruit salad. But you’re welcome to use other red and blue fruits, if you prefer. Watermelon or red grapes could work well!
 

Nutrition

Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 547mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 157IU | Vitamin C: 76mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg

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MS Nutrition

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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Everyone loves to have a refreshing side dish for our 4th of July celebration and this fruit salad is on our list! So delicious and addicting!

  2. 5 stars
    The star shapes make it so fun & festive!! Love all the fruit in this salad & the flavor comes together so deliciously!

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