This easy fruit salad with yogurt makes a delicious breakfast or a fresh, healthy snack. All you need to make this healthy fruit salad recipe are your favorite fruits, plain yogurt and a little honey. Your kids are sure to love it too!
Make this easy fruit salad with yogurt next time you crave a healthy snack
This is one of those recipes that seems too delicious to be so simple. It's great with breakfast, for snacking, or as a side dish for parties. It's also perfect for kids!
This healthy dish is made up of fresh fruit and a creamy dressing. The deceivingly sweet dressing is actually a simple mixture of yogurt and honey.
Try this healthy fruit salad recipe soon and your whole family is sure to love it.
How do you make a good fruit salad
The key players of a good fruit salad are:
- A good fruit mixture - choose fruit that blends well together and won't turn mushy too quickly. Cut fruit so they are uniform in size.
- A tasty dressing - something light and sweet.
The dressing is my favorite part of this healthy fruit salad recipe. Mixing plain yogurt with honey creates a dressing that is creamy, but also a perfect combination of tangy and sweet.
Most importantly, this yogurt dressing won't overpower the flavors of the fruit.
What are the best fruits for this healthy fruit salad recipe?
It's important to choose fruits with flavors that compliment each other. In other words, you don't want to mix too many fruits with overpowering flavors. The fruits I like to use in this recipe are:
- Mandarin oranges
I love using these fruits because they taste great together, they provide just the right amount of crunch and juiciness, and the colors are beautiful together.
This fruit salad is perfect if you are looking for a mandarin orange recipe
I love using mandarin oranges in this recipe for many reasons:
- They are easily segmented
- They won't turn mushy or release so much juice that your fruit salad turns watery.
- The citrus flavor of mandarins add a nice tartness that isn't overpowering.
Mandarins vs Clementines
If you're like me and you've ever wondered about the difference between mandarin oranges and clementines, clementines are actually a certain type of mandarin orange.
In fact, they're the smallest type. We call them Easy Peelers in the UK, but you may know them as Cuties if you live in the US.
Use whichever type of mandarin you prefer in this recipe - I like the clementines because their small size is more uniform with the sliced strawberries and grapes.
If you're looking for a new mandarin orange recipe or clementine recipe, give this one a try!
How to prepare this easy fruit salad with yogurt
How often can you say that washing and cutting your produce is the most difficult part of a recipe? It's true for this one!
Making this recipe is simple. First, prep your fruit. Next, mix the yogurt and honey and adjust the amount of honey to taste. Finally, gently mix the fruit and dressing together.
Can you see why this is one of my go-to recipes? Just three easy steps, and this dish is ready to eat.
Should grapes be cut for fruit salad
Cutting the grapes isn't totally necessary. However, I always cut them because I like to make the fruits a uniform size. I find that cut grapes make smaller bites that are easier to eat with a fork as well.
TIP: Grapes should always be cut into quarters for any small children eating this fruit salad.
How do you cut strawberries for fruit salad
I always start by cutting off the hull of the strawberry. Next, I look at the size of the strawberry. If the strawberry is small, I simply cut it in half. In contrast, I cut larger strawberries into quarters.
The goal is to cut the strawberries to match the size of the clementine slices.
TIP: If you really want to make the colors pop, you can cut off the white parts in the strawberry core so your fruit salad is more vibrant.
How to make the fruit salad yogurt dressing
Using yogurt creates a light, creamy dressing that ties your fruit salad together. I find this dressing compliments the fruit much better than the overly sweet and syrupy dressings used in some conventional fruit salads.
I love yogurt because it doesn't overpower the flavor of your fruit or make it seem sticky.
This recipe has a lot of room for customization, but I would really stick with regular, plain yogurt for the dressing.
Although the flavor of Greek yogurt works, I find the texture a bit too thick. Similarly, fruit yogurt would probably taste okay, but the color might not look as nice.
Of course, you can adjust the sweetness by using more or less honey.
Use non-dairy yogurt to make this fruit salad dairy free
If needed, one simple swap makes this fruit salad dairy free. Just use your favorite soy, almond or other non-dairy yogurt.
We make this recipe with soy yogurt quite frequently at home because my son can't have dairy. It makes a great dairy free dessert for kids with allergies!
This is a healthy fruit recipe for kids
This is a wonderful fruit salad recipe for toddlers and older kids. In fact, I like to keep a bowl in the fridge for my toddler who loves to snack.
Fruit salad is a great option if you want to encourage your kids to eat a variety of fruit. The creamy yogurt dressing (which also provides calcium) might even encourage the pickiest eaters to eat more fruit!
This salad is refined sugar-free, but it does contain sugar from honey. It's easy to reduce the amount of honey you use in this recipe if you want to limit the sugar.
Leave the honey out completely if any children under one will be snacking on this fruit salad.
How to make fruit salad for kids
To make fruit salad for kids, it's most important to:
- use healthy ingredients that are also kid-friendly and
- use fruits that kids enjoy eating.
Yogurt is is healthy for kids, and makes a nice dressing on the fruit.
This kid-friendly recipe also uses familiar fruits that kids often already love. Moreover, I cut the fruit so it's easier for little mouths to pick up on a spoon and eat. Other fruits like pomegranate seeds might be more difficult for small children.
For kids, make sure to cut the grapes in half. I would even recommend cutting grapes into quarters for kids under four.
Kids can help make this recipe, too!
I try to involve my toddler in the kitchen when I can, and we always have a lot of fun.
He was able to help quite a bit with this recipe. For instance, my toddler helped:
- cut the strawberries,
- slice the apples, and
- peel and separate the clementines.
He also loved stirring the honey and yogurt, and of course mixing in the fruit.
My son is 3, and he's a great helper! He loves using this set of kid-friendly knives.
For example, he can easily cut strawberries in half after I cut off the hull and lay them so the flat side is down. Before he slices apples, I just remove the core and place it on the cutting board surface down so it doesn't roll around.
When he was younger, I started by having him help cut with a crinkle cutter like this. This tool is easier for little hands and makes a great activity to work on fine motor skills.
How long will this fruit breakfast last?
This fruit salad keeps in the fridge for up to 2 days. It's the best eaten on day one, and then tends to get a little runny as the fruits release more juice.
Make this easy fruit salad to serve at your next brunch
I hope you try this recipe and love it as much as we do! With a busy family, it's nice to have a healthy snack recipe on hand that is also good for kids. The yogurt adds a nice touch that makes this fruit salad feel like dessert!
Other fruit breakfast recipes you may love
If you love this recipe, be sure to check out:
- Blood Orange and Yogurt Breakfast
- Puff Pastry Breakfast Tart (with strawberries, blueberries and raspberries)
- Healthy Peach Crips with Granola (vegan, GF)
- Fruit and Nut Breakfast Cups
Any questions? Feel free to ask in the comments below or email firstname.lastname@example.org. And I’d love to hear what your kids think of your easy fruit salad with yogurt in the comments below.
- 4 whole seedless clementines or mandarin oranges (also called Cuties or Easy Peelers)
- 2 whole apples - cut into ½ inch pieces
- 2 cups strawberries - hulled and cut into halves or fourths, depending on the size of the strawberries
- 1 cup red grapes - sliced in half
- ¼ cup regular plain yogurt (we use soy yogurt for dairy-free)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Peel the clementines or mandarin oranges and separate them into segments. In a large bowl, combine all the prepared fruit.
- In a small bowl, mix together the yogurt and honey until well combined.
- Gently pour the yogurt mixture over the fruit and fold everything together.
- Serve immediately.