Easy Summer Salads – Where Fruit Salad Is King

Summer Salads for a Crowd or Outdoor Reception

These easy summer salads are perfect for your summertime meals, buffets, and BBQs, and if you like fruit, they’re even better than perfect!

Whether you’re cooking for yourself and your family or for a large crowd at a pot luck dinner, family picnic, or reception, incorporating fruit salad into your summer activity is a great way to keep it simple, keep it pretty, and keep it cool.

Fruit Salad Recipes – Easy Summer Salads for Family Size Gatherings

Seven Fruit Salad

Coated with Cherry Pie Filling and packed with both canned fruit as well as fresh berries and grapes, you can’t get any easier or any sweeter than this fruit salad recipe.


  • 1 can (29 ounces) sliced peaches, drained
  • 2 cans (11 ounces each) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 cup no sugar added cherry pie filling
  • 1 cup halved fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup seedless green grapes
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries


  1. In a large bowl, combine the peaches, oranges, pineapple, and pie filling.
  2. Add the strawberries, grapes, and blueberries.
  3. Stir gently.
  4. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve

Makes:  10 servings

Note:  How pretty this fruit salad is in a glass Pyrex bowl or a glass salad bowl set!  Most glass storage bowls like Pyrex bowls have lids so you can make your summer salads for BBQ get togethers too!

Glass Pyrex Bowl

Glass Pyrex bowls are also great for taking summer salads to a picnic or a pot luck at the church!

Simply Fruit in Yogurt

The nice thing about fruit salad recipes is that they are so healthy!  Why not make yours even healthier by adding a little yogurt?


  • 2 medium navel oranges, peeled and sliced
  • 2 kiwifruit, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes
  • 1 medium firm banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons brown sugar


  1. In a bowl, combine the oranges, kiwi, banana, and grapes.
  2. Divide among six serving bowls.
  3. Combine the yogurt and brown sugar; dollop over the fruit.
  4. Serve immediately

Makes:  6 servings

Vanilla Yogurt for Fruit Salad Recipes

Vanilla Yogurt Works Well for Most Fruit Salad Recipes

Carrot Pineapple Gelatin Salad

OK, so this one has some carrots too, but you’ll like the fruity flavor and you’ll be happy you got your veggies too!  Don’t you just love healthy summer salads like that!


  • 1 can (20 ounces) No Sugar Added Crushed Pineapple
  • 2 packages (.3 ounces each) sugar free lemon gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 medium carrots, grated


  1. Drain pineapple, reserving 1 cup juice; set pineapple and juice aside.
  2. In a bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water.
  3. Stir in cold water, vinegar, salt, and reserved pineapple juice.
  4. Chill until partially thickened, about 45 minutes.
  5. Stir in grated carrots and reserved pineapple.
  6. Pour in 6-cup mold coated with non-stick cooking spray.
  7. Chill until firm.
  8. Unmold to serve

Makes:  8 servings

Normal jello molds and ice rings work, but if you want to add some variety, you can also use silicone molds and baking pans of all sorts and shapes.  You will still want to spray with a non-stick cooking spray before you add the jello salad though.

Fruit Salad Recipes – Easy Summer Salads for a Crowd

Family Reunions, Church Picnics, Outdoor Wedding Receptions, and Neighborhood BBQs All Beg For Fruity Summer Salads for a Crowd!

Summer Salads for a Crowd or Outdoor Reception

Add some sweetness to your larger outdoor activities, receptions, and events!

Apple Pineapple Salad

This one is diabetic friendly too, so you don’t need to worry about whether it will bother any of your guests or not!


  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat margarine
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • Artificial sweetener equivalent to 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3 cups chopped apples
  • 2 cups green grapes
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted


  1. Drain pineapple juice into a saucepan.  Add margarine and lemon juice; cook over medium heat until margarine is melted.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into juice mixture, and bring the combined mixture to a boil.  Boil and stir for 2 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat and add sweetener, stirring.
  4. Cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  5. In a large bowl, combine pineapple, apples, grapes, and poppy seeds.  Add the dressings; toss to coat.
  6. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.
  7. Just before serving, gently toss in pecans.

Makes 16 servings and is easily doubled or tripled.

When making summer salads for BBQ and other outdoor events, make sure you remember to keep cold foods cold until they are served.  If you are not close to a refrigerator, use an ice cooler, picnic basket with ice packs, or large Coleman picnic cooler.  It’s always better ti be safe than sorry!

Coleman picnic cooler

Coleman makes great large picnic coolers for summer salads outdoors!

Melon and Grape Salad

This fruit salad salad for a crowd is an all time winner when it’s hot outside because nothing says “refreshing” more than these summer fruits!


  • 1 medium large watermelon, cut into cubes or balls
  • 3 honeydew melons, cut into cubes or balls
  • 3 cantaloupe melons, cut into cubes or balls
  • 1-1/2 pounds seedless green grapes
  • 1-1/2 pounds seedless red grapes
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 orange juice


  1. Combine melons and grapes.
  2. Combine sugar and juices; pour over fruit, and toss to coat.
  3. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
  4. Serve with a slotted spoon.

Makes:  Approximately 50 services (about 1 cup each)

Whether it’s hot weather outside or you’re just craving some of those beautiful summer fruit salads that will compliment any meal any time of the year, I hope these easy summer salads will do just the trick for you!

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