This Berry Fruit Salad with citrus glaze is slightly sweet and oh-so-refreshing. Made with fresh berries and tossed in a light simple orange glaze, it is the perfect simple side dish or light dessert for your next summer barbecue or potluck.
Berry Salad With Citrus Glaze
We want to let you in on a little secret - all that it takes to turn an ordinary bowl of fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries into something special is three ingredients. Seriously, you will have everyone asking you for this Berry Fruit Salad recipe - it's that good.
The fruit salad glaze coats every inch of each berry. It's got a lightly sweet orange and lime flavor that brightens the fruit without being overly sweet.
I love bringing this Berry Fruit Salad to 4th of July get-togethers because it’s super quick and easy, and you can’t go wrong - everyone loves fruit. If you’re feeling fancy, you can toss a little goat cheese and fresh mint onto the top. Or else enjoy as is for the perfect gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan snack on a hot summer day (or any time of year, for that matter).
Ingredients in Citrus Glaze For Fruit Salad
- Orange Juice - fresh squeezed or store bought will work great. You can also substitute pineapple juice for something a little more tropical.
- Sugar - we use granulated sugar in this recipe, but you could also substitute honey for some of the sugar.
- Lime Juice - fresh squeezed lime juice has the best flavor. You can also save some of the lime zest to sprinkle over the berry salad before serving.
How to Make Berry Fruit Salad
- Prepare the fruit. Wash and remove strawberry hulls, then cut into bite-sized pieces if berries are large.
- Boil the syrup. In a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, add the orange juice and sugar. Bring to a boil and continue to boil for 1 minute.
- Cool. Remove the glaze from the heat and add the fresh lime juice. Stir, then let the glaze cool to room temperature before transferring to the cooler until you are ready to use.
- Serve. To serve, arrange berries in a large bowl or serving dish, and drizzle the citrus glaze over the top. Add just enough to lightly coat the berries. Gently toss, and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Berry Salad Variations
Any fruit will taste great in a fruit salad, but some hold up better than others. If you plan on saving any leftovers, you may want to skip fruits like apples that turn brown quickly, or super ripe bananas that will turn mushy.
Some of our favorite fruits to use are:
- Mandarin oranges
- Melons (cantaloupe, watermelon or honeydew)
Other yummy additions include:
- Honey (to replace some of the granulated sugar)
- Lime zest
- Pineapple juice (instead of orange juice)
- Fresh mint or basil
- Goat cheese
Frequently Asked Questions
You can make your glaze up to a week in advance and store it in the fridge.
Most of your fruit can be prepped a day or two in advance if you would like. However some fruits, like apples, bananas, and watermelons, will either turn brown and mushy, or release a ton of water if left to sit. We recommend holding off on prepping those until just before serving.
Puree the fruit along with yogurt or kefir and make smoothies
Puree the fruit and pour into ice cubes or popsicle molds
Make a breakfast parfait by adding yogurt and granola to the fruit
Freeze the fruit for later
You want to be sure to boil the orange juice and sugar for a minute or so to give time for the sugar to cook and the juice to reduce slightly. If you don’t boil the glaze first, you’ll end up with a watery mess instead of a delicious syrup.
- Refrigerator: Store in an airtight container in the cooler for up to 3 days. It’s best to store the fruit and the glaze separately, however if you have already combined the two you may just find a little extra liquid at the bottom. It will still taste great!
Berry Fruit Salad Recipe
- 4 cups Strawberries quartered
- 2 cups Blueberries
- 1 cup Blackberries
- 1 cup Raspberries
Citrus Glaze for Fruit
- ⅔ cup Orange Juice
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 large Lime juiced
- Wash and remove strawberry hulls, then cut into bite-sized pieces if berries are large.
- In a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, add the orange juice and sugar. Bring to a boil continue to boil for 1 minute.
- Remove the glaze from the heat and add the fresh lime juice. Stir, then let the glaze cool to room temperature then transfer to the cooler until you are ready to use.
- To serve, arrange berries in a bowl or serving dish and drizzle the citrus glaze over the top. Add enough to just lightly coat the berries. Toss and serve immediately. Enjoy!
More Easy Summer Recipes
- Fruit Pizza
- Grilled Chicken BLT Salad
- Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad
- Wedge Salad Kabobs
- Mint Lemonade
- More Salad Recipes
- More Easy Desserts
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This Glazed Fruit Salad is slightly sweet and oh-so-refreshing. Made with fresh berries tossed in a simple orange glaze, it is the perfect gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan snack on a hot summer day.