Creamy Fruit Salad with yogurt dressing is SO easy and guilt free delicious!
This Creamy Fruit Salad with Yogurt takes fruit salad to a whole new level of delicious! It is bursting with fresh fruit and dreamy, creamy key lime yogurt dressing. It’s fresh, sweet, tangy and of course – creamy! with a satisfying granola crunch. You can customize the fruit with your favorite fruits or with whatever you have on hand. This Creamy Fruit Salad with yogurt literally comes together in minutes! Just chop your fruit, add your yogurt and fruit salad is served! You can also chop all your fruit and stir in the yogurt in advance for an easy, make ahead potluck side, snack, breakfast or lunch or dinner side. No matter when you serve this Creamy Fruit Salad recipe, it will be a fresh, vibrant hit!
Creamy Fruit Salad
I absolutely love this Creamy Fruit Salad with Yogurt! It just says summer all over it with its rainbow of cheery chopped pineapple, strawberries, cantaloupe, blueberries and grapes – yum! Of course you could also add in mangos, oranges, apples, kiwis – anything goes – because its summer!
The fruit is bright and refreshing alone and then stir in a small container of key lime yogurt and the salad becomes silky and slightly sweet with a key lime kick.
Top it all with some honey almond granola (I get mine at sprouts), and you have instantly elevated your fruit salad (in 30 SECONDS) into something sweet and citrusy with a satisfying granola almond crunch!
So if you are going to any sort of BBQ/pool party/get together this summer and you are going to want to bring something easy, refreshing and delicious to share – something that screams summer – this Creamy Fruit Salad with Yogurt is the answer!
Healthy Fruit Salad with Yogurt
What I love just as much as how DELICIOUS this fruit salad with yogurt is, is that it’s healthy! NO cool whip, NO marshmallow cream, NO added sugar, NO cream cheese – just fresh fruit and yogurt dressing – and that’s all it needs! The fruit and yogurt are both stand-alone-fabulous and together they are exponentially YUMMY!
What’s in Creamy Fruit Salad?
For this Creamy Fruit Salad recipe, you will need:
- 1 16 oz. container Key Lime yogurt
- 1 small pineapple, chopped
- 1 cantaloupe, chopped
- 2 cups green grapes
- 1 cup strawberries, chopped
- 1 cub blueberries
- 1/2 cup honey almond granola – optional (I get mine in the bulk section at Sprouts)
I chose these fruits because of they’re juicy sweetness and shapes play beautifully together. I also like to choose fruits that don’t turn brown such as bananas or apples when I’m not coating the salad in a citrus vinaigrette. This allows you to assemble the Creamy Fruit Salad 100% ahead of time without worrying about them turning brown.
That being said, you can also substitute any of the aforementioned fruit with your favorites below:
You will want to toss bananas, apples, pears or any fruit that oxidizes in some pineapple juice (my fav juice for fruit because it’s not tart) before adding to the fruit salad.
This Fruit Salad with Yogurt is also delectable with added nuts, coconut or craisins.
Tips for Creamy FRUIT SALAD with yogurt
This Creamy Fruit Salad with Yogurt is incredibly simple to make and can be assemble din 15 minutes! All you have to do is peel, chop and stir! Here are a couple tips and tricks:
- Use ripe fruit. If your fruit ins’t ripe then your salad will taste bitter instead of sweet and fruity, so make sure you plan accordingly.
- Add honey. If you’re fruit is ripe but not as sweet as you like, then you can add some honey or sprinkle in some sugar. Make sure you start with a little, stir until completely incorporated before tasting and deciding whether or not you want more.
- Add lime juice. On the other end of the spectrum, if you would like a tangier creamy fruit salad, you can add a little lime juice to taste. Make sure you only do this after you’ve stirred in the yogurt.
- Chill your fruit. You can chill your fruit whole or after it’s chopped, but make sure to chill it for at least least 2 hours. Chilled fruit is everything in a fruit salad – no one likes warm fruit salad! Chilled fruit makes your entire creamy fruit salad taste bright, fresh and refreshing.
FRUIT SALAD YOGURT DRESSING
The dressing for this Creamy Fruit Salad couldn’t be any easier – just purchase a container of Key Lime Yogurt – that’s it! Key Lime yogurt is sweet, tangy and stand alone delicious but even more delicious with fruit! Key Lime Yogurt pairs so beautifully with fruit, I’ve already made a fruit dip out of it, so I thought, why not just turn it into a dressing?!
The yogurt dressing mingles with the juices from the pineapple to create the perfect silky, creamy consistency of sweet, tangy citrus delight. It enlivens and enhances the fruit without overpowering it.
How to Serve Creamy Fruit Salad
I love servings this Creamy Fruit Salad with Yogurt for parties because it is make ahead, stress free and always a crowd pleaser. In addition, I love making this fruit salad just to have in the refrigerator as a healthy snack or immediate side throughout the day. You do the chopping work once and get days of refreshing satisfaction.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DOES THIS CREAMY FRUIT SALAD SERVE?
This Creamy Fruit Salad makes approximately 13 cups. If each person has a one cup serving, it will serve 13 people. Of course, I could easily eat 3x that amount and a child will barely eat 1/2 a cup, so you need to take your audience into consideration as well as what else you are serving with it.
You can also double/triple this Creamy Fruit Salad recipe or halve it depending on the amount of people you want to serve. And, as you can see by the section below, I love leftovers of this fruit salad!
HOW LONG DOES FRUIT SALAD with yogurt KEEP?
This Creamy Fruit Salad stores well for 2-3 days in the refrigerator BUT the granola will soften. Also be aware, that the longer it sits, the softer the strawberries will become. I recommend only adding granola to your serving if you know there will be leftovers.
How to Use FRUIT SALAD with Yogurt LEFTOVERS
- Yogurt. Even though this Creamy Fruit Salad has yogurt in it, I still love adding it to vanilla yogurt so it is more yogurt with fruit instead of fruit with a yogurt dressing.
- Granola. Same with granola – I love adding this fruit salad to granola for even more crunch.
- Smoothies. You can freeze leftover fruit salad for smoothies. Simply divide any leftovers into individual sandwich bags, seal and freeze for later. Combine with vanilla yogurt, ice/or frozen banana, orange juice and sugar to taste.
- Slushies. You can also create an immediate slushy by adding your leftover creamy fruit salad to your blender along with ice and some honey or sugar.
- Popsicle. You can even make Popsicles! Puree the fruit salad, add honey/sugar if desired to taste and pour into Popsicle molds and freeze untit set.
CAN I MAKE CREAMY FRUIT SALAD AHEAD OF TIME?
- Yes, please do! This Creamy Fruit Salad is best if assembled and allowed to chill 2 hours in the refrigerator before serving (without granola).
- You can assemble and refrigerate the salad longer than two hours in advance but do not add the granola until ready to serve – we want it to stay nice and crunchy!
- You can prep the fruit salad 24 hours in advance by chopping all of the fruit and storing them in separate airtight containers or baggies so all you have to do is toss everything together.
Looking for more Fruit Salad Recipes?
- Pina Colada Fruit Salad
- Perfect Fruit Salad with Honey Citrus Dressing
- Tropical Winter Fruit Salad
- Winter Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Poppy Seed Dressing
- Watermelon Pineapple Fruit Salad
- Poppy Seed Chicken Fruit Salad Lettuce Wraps
- Grape Salad with Vanilla Yogurt Dressing
- Berry Salad in Honey Mascarpone
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