4th of July Fruit Salad Recipe (Red, White, & Blue!)

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Looking for the perfect 4th of July fruit salad recipe? Dive into this delicious salad featuring watermelon, honeydew, and a burst of berries. Perfect for summer cookouts, barbecues, and patriotic celebrations.

Patriotic fruit salad recipe with watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.

When you think back on summer barbecues or cookouts as a child, is there one dish that stands out in your mind more than others?

For me, it’s fruit salad. 

I’m not sure why it’s something that stands out in my mind, but there was always a big bowl of refreshing fruit salad sitting on the table alongside burgers, pulled pork, and all the other summer side dishes. 

Maybe it was the vibrant colors, the chilled fruit on a hot day, or the contrast of sweetness against the savory barbecue flavors that made it unforgettable. 

Whatever the reason, fruit salad has become synonymous with summer gatherings for me, a staple that adds a touch of freshness and healthiness to BBQ’s.

As I grew older, I realized my love of fruit salad wasn’t just about the taste, but also about the memories it evoked and the sense of nostalgia it carried with it. 

And so, when I had my own family and began hosting summer cookouts and barbecues, I knew fruit salad was an absolute must on the menu.

This year, I wanted to take our summer fruit salad a step further. I wanted to create a fruit salad that not only tasted delicious but also captured the spirit of the season. 

That’s how the idea for this 4th of July fruit salad recipe was born. With star-shaped watermelon and honeydew melon cutouts, nestled among vibrant berries & cherries, it’s a dish that celebrates America in the most delicious way possible.

If you’re looking to add a patriotic twist to your summer picnics, then this star studded fruit salad is for you. It’s easy to make, bursting with flavors the whole family will love, and guaranteed to be the star of your 4th of July celebrations!

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What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • The watermelon stars and honeydew cutouts make this a great side dish for patriotic holidays like Memorial Day weekend, Flag Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day.
  • Made with juicy, fresh fruit, this salad is incredibly refreshing making it perfect for hot summer days.
  • While the recipe includes melon, fresh blueberries, sweet strawberries, raspberries, and cherries; you can easily customize it with your favorite fruits or whatever’s in season.
  • This salad not only tastes delicious but also provides a nutritious boost to your summer diet because it’s packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
  • Despite its impressive presentation, this easy side dish is surprisingly a cinch to make. It requires minimal prep time and just a few simple ingredients found at your local grocery store.
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Festive Fruit Salad Ingredients

This vibrant fruit salad isn’t just for the 4th of July, it’s a versatile dish that’s a perfect addition to all your summer celebrations.

July fruit salad recipe with watermelon, honeydew melon, berries, and cherries.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need…

  • Watermelon: Juicy watermelon is a quintessential summer favorite with its vibrant red color and refreshing taste.
  • Honeydew Melon: Known for its pale green flesh and subtle sweetness, its mild taste complements the other fruits perfectly.
  • Strawberries: With their bright red color and juicy texture, fresh strawberries are a classic summer fruit that bring a burst of sweetness to the salad. 
  • Blueberries: These tiny, antioxidant-rich fresh berries pack a powerful punch of flavor and color. Blueberries add sweetness and a pop of blue colors to the red, white, & blue salad.
  • Raspberries: These delicate, ruby-red little jewels are both sweet and slightly sour. Their juicy texture and tangy taste elevate the freshness of the dish.
  • Pitted Cherries: Their deep red hue and sweet-tart taste provide a delicious contrast to the other fruits. Make sure the cherries are pitted before adding them to the salad. You don’t want anyone biting into a pit…ouch!

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How to Make a Red, White, & Blue Fruit Salad

Cut the watermelon and the honeydew into 1″ slices. Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut the melons into stars.

Using a small star cookie cutter cut watermelon & honeydew melon into star shapes.

Cut out the strawberry stems and then cut the strawberries in quarters lengthwise.

Fresh red strawberries cut into quarters for a patriotic fruit salad recipe.

Combine the melon stars, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and pitted cherries in a large bowl.

Patriotic fruit salad recipe is the perfect addition to summer picnics or 4th of July celebrations.

Serve immediately at room temperature, or refrigerate for a chilled fruit salad.

A delicious salad with star shaped watermelon & honeydew melon plus berries and cherries.

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Tips & Tricks

  • Select ripe, sweet fruit for the best flavor and texture. Look for watermelons and honeydew melons that feel heavy for their size, and berries that are plump and brightly colored.
  • For maximum refreshment, chill the fruit in the refrigerator before assembling the salad. A cold fruit salad is incredibly refreshing on a hot summer day at a July 4th picnic.
  • When cutting out star shapes from the watermelon and honeydew, use sharp star cookie cutters for clean, precise edges. 
  • Be gentle when tossing the fruit salad to avoid smashing the berries or breaking apart the star shaped melon pieces.
  • For an extra burst of flavor, you can add fresh herbs like mint or basil to the fruit salad. The fresh herbs will complement the sweetness of the fruit and add a refreshing element to the dish.
  • Get creative with garnishes to create a fun twist to this salad recipe. Sprinkle with shredded coconut, drizzle with honey or a balsamic reduction, or top with a dollop of Greek yogurt.

Can I make this patriotic fruit salad recipe in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the components of the fruit salad in advance, such as cutting out the star shapes from the watermelon and honeydew melon.

However, assemble the salad and toss the fruit together just before serving to maintain its freshness and texture.

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How long will this fresh fruit salad last in the refrigerator?

This fruit salad is best enjoyed fresh, but leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-5 days.

Keep in mind that the texture of the fruit may change slightly over time, so it’s best to enjoy it as soon as possible.

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FAQs: Red, White, & Blue Salad Recipe

I definitely recommend using fresh fruit for this recipe, but you can use frozen fruit in a pinch. You want to make sure to thaw and drain any excess liquid from the frozen fruit before adding it to the salad.

Absolutely! What is so great about this recipe is that you can customize the fruit salad by swapping out any of the fruits with your favorite fruit or with what might be in season. Red grapes, crisp apples, cantaloupe, pineapple, mango, and kiwi are all great options for adding variety to the salad.


I do not suggest freezing this fruit salad. Freezing will alter the texture making it mushy and unappealing. Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container and eat within a day or two for the best flavor.

Fresh fruit salad with star shaped fruit for patriotic holidays and summer cookouts.

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Red, White, & Blue 4th of July Fruit Salad

Enjoy the refreshing flavors of summer with this 4th of July fruit salad recipe featuring juicy watermelon and honeydew melon cut into star shapes, paired with a medley of fresh blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and cherries. Refreshing, easy to prepare, and customizable; this salad is perfect for patriotic celebrations and summer cookouts.
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Prep Time:15 minutes
Total Time:15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Medium Watermelon
  • 1 Medium Honeydew Melon
  • 2 cups Strawberries
  • 1 cup Blueberries
  • 1 cup Raspberries
  • 2 cups Cherries pitted

Instructions

  • Cut the watermelon and the honeydew into 1" slices. Use a star shaped cookie cutter to cut the melons into stars.
  • Cut out the strawberry stems and then cut the strawberries in quarters lengthwise.
  • Combine the melon stars, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and pitted cherries in a large bowl.
  • Serve immediately at room temperature, or refrigerate for a chilled fruit salad.

Notes

  • Select ripe, sweet fruit for the best flavor and texture. Look for watermelons and honeydew melons that feel heavy for their size, and berries that are plump and brightly colored.
  • For maximum refreshment, chill the fruit in the refrigerator before assembling the salad. A cold fruit salad is incredibly refreshing on a hot summer day.
  • When cutting out star shapes from the watermelon and honeydew, use a sharp cookie cutter for clean, precise edges.
  • Be gentle when tossing the fruit salad to avoid smashing the berries or breaking apart the star shaped melon pieces.
  • For an extra burst of flavor, you can add fresh herbs like mint or basil to the fruit salad. The fresh herbs will complement the sweetness of the fruit and add a refreshing twist to the dish.
  • Get creative with garnishes to make your fruit salad unique. Sprinkle with shredded coconut, drizzle with honey or a balsamic reduction, or top with a dollop of Greek yogurt.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 6g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 824mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 3270IU | Vitamin C: 88mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 4th of July, Berries, Cobb Salad, Fruit Salad, Melon
Servings: 8
Calories: 250kcal

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3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Yum! This looks delicious Heidi, and so pretty too. Perfect for a patriotic summer party. I’m going to share your recipe in my weekly recap tomorrow!

  2. 5 stars
    One of my favorite summer recipes! It’s delicious and refreshing. The star shaped watermelon & honeydew melon is so fun, festive, and patriotic!

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