Fresh fruit salad with orange honey dressing is an amazingly refreshing and satisfying dessert. A variety of fruit flavors and textures with loads of orange juice is an experience you are sure to love.
Rinse all the fruit and drain very well. Air dry or blot with paper towels.
Peel and cut all the fruit in bite size, making sure they are all of similar size. Cut the grapes into halves, if they are large. If using canned pineapple, drain the juices before using. Cut bananas and apples in the end, just before adding to the salad.
In a large mixing bowl, combine orange juice, orange zest and honey.
Add the fruits, such as strawberries, cantaloupe, grapes, pineapple, kiwis, apples, pomegranate arils and toss. Add mangoes, bananas and stir in gently. Top with raspberries and carefully incorporate into salad.
Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours before serving. If letting it rest overnight, then add the bananas and raspberries 1 to 2 hours before serving.
Add some mint leaves to the salad or use it for garnish, if you prefer.
First combine all other fruits with the dressing and then add soft fruits like bananas.
If using watery fruits such as watermelon, add that also towards the end.
Do not use frozen fruit for this recipe.
If you want a slightly thicker sauce, you can combine the dressing ingredients and cook it down at medium heat for about 2 to 3 minutes. Let it cool before using it.
Storage: Keep salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a couple of days. After that some of the fruits may become softer, and some colors may leach into the sauce, which may affect its appearance.
Make Ahead / Planning: Buy fruit fresh before making the salad. Plan on choosing the fruit such that they are optimally ripe when you make the salad. To make a large quantity, you can cut firm fruits that do not discolor and refrigerate one day ahead.