This Watermelon Berry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing is a summer salad recipe that you don’t want to miss. It’s a gorgeous salad that screams summer and can be eaten as a side dish or even a main course. If you haven’t noticed, watermelon is all the rage right now. Forget what you know about cucumbers and tomatoes in drinks and learn how to incorporate
Watermelon Berry Summer Salad
Bursting with sweet, colourful fruit and fresh, cooling mint, this vibrant watermelon salad recipe is so easy to make and delicious you’ll want to serve it all summer long.
Hello there! I know it’s not quite summer time for another couple of months, but I couldn’t help, but post this tasty and easy watermelon and berry salad that’s perfect to eat during the warmer months.
It’s totally refreshing, naturally sweet and tart, and pretty to look at too. Don’t you just love a colourful salad?
Along with the summer fruits, mix in a little bit of rich pure honey, cooling mint, and bright fresh lime juice, and you’ve got a delicious fruit salad that’s lovely to serve as a side dish or healthy dessert.
I hope you enjoy this recipe for Watermelon Berry Summer Salad!
How do you prepare this easy watermelon salad?
(Complete ingredient amounts and instructions available in the recipe card down below).
The “hardest” part is chopping up the watermelon. Everyone has a different way of cutting up one.
Here’s how I chopped up my watermelon:
First I quartered the watermelon lengthwise. Then I take one of the quartered watermelon pieces and sliced the watermelon (just to the rind) to make 1/2 to 1-inch wedges.
I then made three slices lengthwise on both sides of the watermelon (see photo above). Last, I took a knife and sliced in between the rind and the pink flesh to separate the chopped pieces of watermelon from the rind.
Then you remove the green leafy tops (hull) from the strawberries and slice them up. Don’t forget to give your berries a rinse under cold water.
Thinly slice up your fresh mint. TIP: The easiest way is to bunch up your mint leaves into a log and then slice to create thin ribbons.
Place the fruit into a long bowl, drizzle the honey and lime juice on top, and sprinkle the mint onto the fruit as well. Then gently toss all the ingredients together. Now it’s ready to enjoy (or refrigerate until you are ready to serve).
Overall, this refreshing watermelon salad:
- Is fresh and delicious: sweet, bright, and refreshing!
- Is colourful: red, pink, blue, and green ingredients look so pleasing to eat.
- Is quick and easy to assemble.
- Has only seven ingredients: You can add more or less types of berries if you chose.
- Can easily be halved or scaled up to make more.
- Is perfect to serve at a picnic, barbecue, or at a get-together or to make for meal prep.
- Is wonderful as leftovers (cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days).
- Is vegetarian and gluten-free too.
Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad
A foolproof berry watermelon fruit salad, packed with four kinds of berries, fresh cherries, and juicy watermelon. Always a crowd-pleaser, this healthy fruit salad couldn’t be easier to make and is full of sweet, summer flavor.
Summer Isn’t Over Yet…
I typed those words shortly before the grey morning sky dimmed and a powerful wind storm howled in, tossing pine branches against the house, scattering debris across the yard, and knocking out power for the rest of the day. The trees have begun to change color, the air outside noticeably chillier, and I’m feeling like calendar be damned, maybe Summer is over, at least for our corner of the Pacific Northwest.
Nonetheless, we’re still enjoying the tail-end of Summer produce – sweet corn and figs, melons and berries, late-season tomatoes and peppers from the garden, and so many peaches and plums and nectarines – so I’m sneaking in one last warm-weather staple before apples and pumpkin spice and cozy soups elbow their way in.
Why you’ll love this simple berry watermelon fruit salad
Summer is the season I do my best to avoid cooking, at least in a formal way, tossing out written recipes in favor of big, kitchen-sink salads with whatever vibrant, flavorful veggies we’ve harvested from the garden or hoarded from the farmer’s market. Simple grilled proteins with more veggies. Piles of fruit and berries – I think I’ve consumed my weight in berries over the past few months, eaten raw by the handful or roasted under quick crumble toppings.
This berry watermelon fruit salad is exactly the sort of non recipe I make over and over again, all Summer long. Peak season fruit doesn’t need a whole lot (or often anything) to be spectacular – in this case just a light squeeze of fresh lime juice and a quick toss together before being eaten with a big spoon, preferably al fresco…
WATERMELON FRUIT SALAD
Tired of the usual fruit salad? Our summer Watermelon Fruit Salad with strawberries, raspberries, cherries and a lime mint dressing is a refreshing, flavorful spin on classic fruit salad. With fresh berries, juicy watermelon, and a tart dressing to tone down the sweetness, your guests will thank you at your next outdoor BBQ.
🥗 WHY WE LOVE THIS RECIPE
- Insanely refreshing: This watermelon fruit salad is perfect for a hot day. The juiciness of the watermelon and the freshness of the berries makes this salad super refreshing.
- Addictive: Every time we make this, it disappears in about 15 minutes. It’s totally delicious, and the tangy lime and mint dressing keeps every bite interesting.
- Super light: This watermelon fruit salad is the perfect side dish at a BBQ because it’s so light that it won’t fill you up, even if you go back for seconds (or thirds!). It’s also great as a refreshing, easy dessert or snack on a hot day.
Here’s everything you’ll need to make this watermelon fruit salad:
📋 INGREDIENT NOTES
- Watermelon: Watermelons can be hit or miss, so be sure to pick a good one. Some tips:
- Your watermelon should feel heavy for it’s size (this means it’s super juicy).
- It should have a nice yellow (almost the color of a slightly ripe banana) splotch on it from where it was resting on the ground.
- Try knocking on it – it should provide a nice “bounce” and have a hollow sound.
- It shouldn’t be shiny.
- Fresh mint and lime: Using fresh mint and freshly squeezed lime juice will provide the refreshing notes that are key to this salad’s addictive flavor.
- Agave: feel free to sub with another liquid sweetener like honey.
🔪 STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS
(1) Make the dressing: whisk together 2 tablespoon agave, 2 tablespoon lime juice, 1.5 teaspoon lime zest and 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped mint.
(2) Prep 4 cups of watermelon and 1.5 cups each of cherries, raspberries, and strawberries and place in a large bowl. Drizzle dressing over top and lightly toss.
(3) Garnish with some torn mint.
💭 EXPERT TIPS AND FAQS
- Not a fan of mint? This watermelon fruit salad is also fantastic with fresh basil!
- Fresh lime and mint go a long way in taking this watermelon fruit salad to the next level. They really enhance the flavor of fresh watermelon and berries, making this the most flavorful fruit salad you’ll make all summer!
- If you have a cherry pitter, use it! It will make prep much easier. If you don’t have a cherry pitter, you can use a chopstick to easily remove the pits. Remove the stem and hold the cherry firmly in your hand. Stick the chopstick through the middle of the cherry and the pit will pop out of the bottom.
- We like making this salad in a big serving bowl or platter, and then serving it family style at the center of the table.
- We recommend eating this watermelon fruit salad immediately after you make it. As this salad sits in the fridge, the fruits continue to release moisture, making the salad soggy and watery. It still tastes good, but the textures are best when served fresh.
- To add a note of saltiness, feel free to add crumbled feta cheese (vegan or regular) to this salad.
- We love the monochrome pink/red berries and watermelon in this salad, but you can absolutely switch it up by adding in different berries like blueberries or blackberries, or even mango, pineapple, kiwi, peaches, etc.