This incredibly Fresh Fruit Salad made with fresh pineapple and berries will be your new 'go to' for school lunches, snacks and side dishes! I'll even show you how easy it is to cut up a pineapple so that this fruit salad takes just 15 minutes to make!
This fresh fruit salad is a family favorite. Not only is it easy and delicious, but it's one fruit recipe that you can prep ahead of time. In fact, it's likely the best meal prep fruit option out there.
And it's so pretty that I've even served it in a glass trifle bowl and set it as the center piece. I'm all about keeping things simple 🙂
Thankfully, there is no need to add juice or make a sweet dressing. The juice from a ripe pineapple creates a natural dressing all on its own and I believe that it's the juice from the pineapple that helps the berries stay fresh longer.
I literally make this at least once a week, often twice. Sometimes I use mango instead of pineapple, but because pineapple is less expensive, easier to cut, and helps the berries stay fresh longer, I usually opt for pineapple.
Oh, and don't let the thought of cutting your own pineapple intimidate you. I have step-by step instructions down below showing you just how easy it is to do. Besides, buying a whole pineapple is much less expensive than buying it pre-cut.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Simple Recipe This recipe is made with fresh fruit and that's it! No dressing needed. 😅
- Quick and Healthy Fruit salad isn't just for making fruit and yogurt parfaits. In fact, it's such an easy snack or side dish that can be served with everything from a breakfast sandwich on busy mornings to grilled chicken or quesadillas on busy weeknights.
- Naturally Sweetened No added sugar, juice, or syrups.
- Kid-Approved Perfect for school lunches! Just be sure to pack it in a container with a leak-proof lid.
- Excellent side for kids with food allergies (gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free).
- Pineapple Either cut your own pineapple into pieces or purchase pre-cut fresh pineapple. Pineapple contains manganese, copper, various vitamins (including vitamin C), and fiber. It also contains bromelain, an enzyme that is thought to help with digestion and reduce inflammation.
- Raspberries High in antioxidants, phytonutrients, and fiber.
- Blackberries Blackberries are among the berries highest in antioxidants and fiber.
- Blueberries and strawberries Strawberries and blueberries should be eaten frequently. They contain anthocyanins, fiber, and vitamins.
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Here’s a quick overview of the steps to make this fruit salad. For the full list of ingredients and instructions, scroll down to the recipe.
- Use a fine mesh colander to rinse and drain the berries.
- If using strawberries, slice or quarter them. Set aside.
- Place pineapple pieces in a large bowl. If you are cutting up your own pineapple, be sure to use a sharp knife. For specific instructions on how I cut up a pineapple, scroll down to the section titled How to Cut a Pineapple Without Waste.
- Put berries on top of pineapple pieces.
- Carefully mix berries in with the pineapple.
Make this fruit salad in a large bowl. Serve it as a side with dinner and then divide what's left into several small lunch containers (see my lunch container pick above). This way, you'll have a delicious side to serve with dinner and fruit for school lunches set for days.
Kids can either eat it as is or sprinkle homemade granola on it. Yum-O!
- I have found Aldi to have the best prices on pineapple and organic berries.
- To save time, buy pre-cut pineapple pieces.
- The juice from freshly cut pineapple blends adds enough liquid and sweetness to the fruit. For this reason, an extra 'dressing' or 'syrup' is not needed.
- Pineapple does take a little work to cut. Consider this as a way to increase your level of N.E.A.T (non-exercise activity thermogenesis), lol!
- Mixing pineapple with fresh berries helps prevent the berries from going bad so quickly (likely due to the acid in the pineapple).
- Do not use moldy berries. In fact, moldy berries should not be eaten by anyone.
- I often soak berries in a vinegar water bath (vinegar mixed with water) for about two minutes before I rinse them because it helps remove any potential mold and bacteria.
- If you choose to soak the berries in a vinegar bath first, be sure to rinse them well with water after removing them from the vinegar water bath so they will not taste like vinegar.
There are various ways to cut a pineapple. I highlight the quickest way I have found (for me) to cut a pineapple below, and it seems to produce the least amount of waste. Do what works best for you.
I've included my favorite fruits to use in a fruit salad that are easy. Grapes are also easy and go well with pineapple. Mango, kiwi, and cut orange segments are also tasty additions to fruit salad, they just require more work to cut than berries or grapes and they don't seem to store as well once mixed.
For same day eating, you could use seasonal fruits to make a fruit salad with cut up apples, bananas, and/or pears, they just may not store well in the refrigerator.
Because most of the fiber is lost when juicing, eating fresh fruit gives you the satisfaction that comes from eating food and it will also help you to feel full longer.
How to Cut a Pineapple Without Waste
- Place the pineapple on it's side and slice off the top and bottom inch of the pineapple.
- Turn the pineapple so that it is sitting upright, with the bottom side down.
- Cut off the outer skin of the pineapple from top to bottom in strips, working your way around the entire pineapple.
- Next, cut the pineapple into four sections, cutting lengthwise along each side of the core.
- Lay each section on its side and slice, again lengthwise, into smaller sections.
- Then, cut into smaller pieces by slicing the other direction.
- Set the core aside and store it to be used in a smoothie another time.
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Fresh Fruit Salad
- 1 pineapple
- 3-4 cups berries 18-24 ounces of fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and/or strawberries)
- Cut up pineapple into small pieces.
- Place pineapple pieces in the bottom of a large serving bowl.
- Soak berries in a vinegar-water bath for two minutes, and rinse with water. Drain.
- Slice, halve, or quarter strawberries.
- Add berries to the pineapple and carefully mix through.
- Serve and enjoy!