Summer’s most delicious fruits are combined in this Basil Lime Fruit Salad that makes a perfect addition to any BBQ or picnic! This refreshing salad is dressed up with a basil lime dressing to provide the perfect balance between tangy and sweet.
Hang on to the joy of summer, and savor every last minute of flip flop season with this Basil Lime Fruit Salad! Juicy strawberries, fresh peaches, perfectly ripened mango, and chunks of the tangy/sweet kiwi are taking center stage. The added basil lime syrup gives this salad that extra something to make it really special.
Since most of us have spent so many summer nights at home, it’s time to go out with a bang and celebrate all of summer’s goodness. We definitely do that with this fruit salad!
Our family has enjoyed this on numerous occasions already this season, especially since warming up the kitchen to make a side dish has not been on my “to-do” list. Instead we’ve been enjoying simple produce and yummy salads. Mainly using this as a pairing with anything grilled. But another bonus? My kids have often reached for this during breakfast, or packed this with them as they head outside to play.
How to make Basil Lime Fruit Salad:
Start by gathering up your fruit. You can also adapt these fruits and swap out to a few of your personal favorites. I will say, this combination is on point!
Cut around the pits of each fruit, and cut into chunks. I keep the skin on my peaches, by peel the skin off of the mango and kiwi. You can assemble the salad in a layered look if you have a trifle bowl, or just toss into a large bowl. I personally love the layered look if I am serving to guests!
The simple syrup is made by finely chopping basil, adding lime juice, the freshly grated lime zest, and some honey.
Toss in the simple syrup to coat the fruit. Serve immediately, or chill for up to 8 hours. I personally like my fruit fresh, but the lime and honey syrup help preserve this salad for a few days. Another bonus to the syrup!
We love to serve this alongside anything grilled. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Pecan Pesto
- The BEST Grilled Pork Tenderloin
- Grilled Taco Burgers
- Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Pineapple Mint Marinade
For the ultimate picnic meal, serve alongside my Avocado Chicken Salad with Bacon!
Because of the lime syrup, you can store this for up to 3 days in the fridge in an air tight container.
Basil Lime Fruit Salad
For the fruit salad:
- 6 medium sized peaches
- 6 kiwi
- 2 large mangos
- 1.5 lbs strawberries
For the syrup:
- 1/4 cup finely chopped basil
- 1 tbsp honey
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 tbsp freshly grated lime zest zest of 1 lime
- To begin, prepare your fruit. Peel the skin of both the kiwi and mango. A potato peeler works well for this. Chop the fruit into small pieces, around 1/2 inch in diameter.
- Layer your fruit in the bowl, and then toss to combine altogether.
Prepare the syrup: Chop the basil into small fine pieces, squeeze the juice of 1 lime, and grate the lime peel using a microplane zester. Add honey, and whisk together to combine.
Pour syrup over fruit, and stir to coat. Serve immediately, or chill for up to 8 hours before serving. This salad tastes best served within the 8 hour window, but can still hold up for a few extra days in the fridge.