Hello again! It’s Alicia from The Baker Upstairs, and I’m so excited to share this totally delicious summer recipe with you today! This watermelon berry salad is so sweet and refreshing, and it’s the perfect side dish for summer picnics or barbecues. It’s simple and quick to make, and is the perfect way to enjoy all that ripe summer fruit!
Every year I both look forward to and dread summer time. On the one hand, I love that things are more carefree and easy. The kids are out of school, and we don’t have to wake up early or stick to a strict schedule. There’s time to explore, to take things slow, and we don’t have as many little things to worry about. On the other hand, I’ve never been very heat-tolerant, and I hate that every day it’s so hot that I just want to climb into the refrigerator with a cold Diet Coke and never come out. We’re lucky to have air conditioning (most of the homes in our area don’t have it), but even with the air conditioner going, the top floor of our house is uncomfortably warm in the late afternoon and evening hours.
Since our kitchen is unfortunately on the upper floor, it makes me very reluctant to want to cook anything when it’s so hot. I tend to rely a lot on my slow cooker and Instant Pot for cooking meals, since they’re easy to use, and don’t heat up the whole house. When it comes to side dishes, though, we usually just stick to fresh fruits and vegetables. They’re in abundance during the summer, and I love how bright and fresh everything is. This watermelon berry salad is one of our favorite ways to enjoy the summer fruit, and I love that we can have a delicious side dish without heating up my already-too-warm kitchen. It takes just a few minutes to make, and it’s the perfect complement to any summer meal!
Watermelon Berry Salad
The full recipe is at the bottom of this post, but here’s what you’ll need:
I’ve found that, a lot of times, the simplest recipes really are the best. This watermelon berry salad is no exception! Since it’s such a simple recipe, it’s important to start with really good fresh fruit. Find a nice, ripe watermelon, some plump juicy berries, and a fresh lime. You’ll definitely taste the difference!
Chopping up all of the fruit takes a few minutes, but the dressing is simple and quick to make. I’ve found that it’s easiest to whisk together the lime juice and honey in the bottom of the bowl, then add the fruit and toss gently until it’s all coated in dressing. The combination of honey and lime really amps up the flavors of the fruit, and makes this salad totally irresistible!
You can definitely serve this salad right after making it, but I absolutely love it after it has chilled in the fridge for an hour or so. The flavors all blend together a little, and I like it well chilled. It’s best when it’s eaten the day that it’s made, because the fruit will start to get a little soggy and break down after it sits in the fridge overnight. My kids actually like it better that way, though! As it sits, the fruit will release some of its juices, and my kids love to drink the juice from the bottom of their fruit salad bowls.
This simple watermelon berry salad is one of our favorite summer recipes! I like to make a big batch and keep it on a low shelf in the fridge so my kids can help themselves to a snack of fresh fruit throughout the day whenever the craving strikes. It’s a great way to make sure they’re getting some nutrition alongside all the popsicles and ice cream we seem to consume during the summer. You can also easily sub in any other summer fruit that you like to change things up a little. We love this salad with fresh peaches, cherries, raspberries, and/or kiwis. This salad is one of my favorite summer side dishes!
This watermelon berry salad is so sweet and refreshing, and perfect for summer picnics and potlucks! It takes just a few minutes to make, and tastes totally amazing!
- 4 cups cubed watermelon
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 2 cups strawberries, chopped
- zest of one lime
- juice of one lime
- 2 tablespoons honey
- In a large bowl, whisk together the lime zest, lime juice, and honey.
- Gently toss the fruit with the dressing. Refrigerate until ready to use.