Fun Fruit Salad Ideas

Wake up a favorite summer side dish with smart tips and five surprising recipes. How sweet is that?
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Grilled Melon & Escarole Salad with Prosciutto

A few minutes on a hot grill intensifies the sweetness of fruit and lends it a kiss of smoke. Plus, a gorgeous platter of grill-marked fruit looks impressive on the table.

Grilled Melon & Escarole Salad with Prosciutto

Grilled Melon & Escarole Salad with Prosciutto

Plum & Goat Cheese Carpaccio with Mint

You've tried watermelon with feta -- but don't stop there. Rich, creamy cheese is a natural partner for sweet, juicy fruit, and it'll make your salad feel more substantial, too.

Plum & Goat Cheese Carpaccio with Mint

Plum & Goat Cheese Carpaccio with Mint

Red Fruit Salad with Balsamic Vinegar & Basil

Take a cue from green salads and drizzle your fruit with dressing: The acidity balances the sweetness of the fruit and ties all of the ingredients together.

Red Fruit Salad with Balsamic Vinegar & Basil

Red Fruit Salad with Balsamic Vinegar & Basil

Berry-Peach Salad with Cardamom, Coconut & Pistachios

Tame tangy fruit with warm spices, like cardamom or cinnamon; balance sweet fruit with something spicy, like chili powder or cayenne. The spices' flavors will get more potent as the mixture marinates, so start with a dash, then taste and add more if desired as the fruit sits.

Berry-Peach Salad with Cardamom, Coconut & Pistachios

Berry-Peach Salad with Cardamom, Coconut & Pistachios

Mango-Tomato Salad with Chile Vinaigrette

Vegetables add savory notes to sweet fruit salads, as well as a welcome crunch. You can also experiment with chopped fresh herbs to boost the vegetable flavor.

Mango-Tomato Salad with Chile Vinaigrette

Mango-Tomato Salad with Chile Vinaigrette