Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad & The End of Summer

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.

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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.

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

Happy September! Are you excited Autumn is on its way? Or is it still sweltering where you are? We have some catching up to do!

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Summer Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad


Description

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.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 4 cups watermelon, cubed
  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 1 pint cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1/2 pint blackberries
  • squeeze of fresh lime juice

Instructions

Cut all of the fruit into bite-sized pieces. Add to a large mixing bowl, and gently toss together. Top with a squeeze of fresh lime juice, to taste. Serve chilled.


Notes

While not required, a cherry pitter makes quick work of prepping the cherries. I don’t use mine often, but when I need it, it’s invaluable!

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21 Comments

  1. 11.5.20
    Catelyn Thomas said:

    i can’t wait to try this

  2. 9.17.18

    What a healthy way …. Thank you so much !

  3. 6.30.18
    Erin said:

    Any idea how far in advance I could make this? Day ahead ok? I don’t really want it to macerate…

    • 7.7.18
      Laura said:

      Hi Erin! I wouldn’t make it more than a day in advance. I often make it a couple hours ahead or the morning of. Just wait to squeeze the lime until right before serving.

  4. 6.12.17
    sonny norrell said:

    WE WILL TRY THIS SALAD. IT READS THAT IT WOULD BE GREAT…..THANK YOU…SONNYE

  5. 5.19.17

    very delicious..perfect for church…and ladies prayer groups..

  6. 4.26.17
    tammy said:

    i really love how pretty and yummy this looks ..definitely NOT boring 🙂 I am trying this for a college graduation party for 2 of my girls tomorrow..Thank you!

  7. 2.10.17
    Marjorie said:

    I would like the carbohydrate and fiber count please, this summer fruit salad looks wonderful!

  8. 9.15.16
    Madonna said:

    This is such a great fruit salad.

  9. 7.16.16
    Chriz said:

    Beautiful pictures and the salad sounds yummy!

  10. 9.9.15
    Heather Rhind said:

    A good LCHF recipe

  11. 9.2.15
    Kelly said:

    It is still hot here so this salad looks so refreshing. I’m ready for fall and fall temperatures!

  12. 9.1.15

    I keep going back and forth on if I’m ready for fall or not. One one hand I’m ready for cooler temps, but on the other hand I don’t want to lose all the amazing produce available now…Beautiful salad.

    • 9.2.15
      Laura said:

      I’m in the same boat 🙂 Thanks, Nicole!

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