Strawberry Fruit Salad with Mint and Pistachios is a refreshing, healthy dessert your spring and summer potlucks need. Full of fresh strawberries and a delicious poppy seed dressing, this is a swimsuit season friendly treat. Try it for your next brunch or picnic, everyone will rave about this fruit salad!
Growing up, my mama would make THE best spring/early summer treat known to mankind:
Fresh Challah Bread. As French Toast. With cinnamon sugar. Rhubarb compote. And a huge bowl of delicious strawberry fruit salad. If I was lucky, there was even fresh custard to douse everything in.
We would have it for dinner sometimes because… Why not? And we ate it out on the balcony overlooking the backyard of our city apartment, birds singing in the trees and my little brother probably crying about one thing or the other.
I absolutely adored that strawberry salad, so now with spring fiiinally dawning on us (she says now, but just watch me eagerly waiting for Fall/Winter again come August, ha!), I’m enjoy making strawberry fruit salad for my own babies so, so much.
We generally love fruit salad all year long (Winter Fruit Salad ftw!), but it’s especially fun when it’s warm out and fresh fruit is available in abundance. I pack it all mixed into Summer Fruit Salad, into Berry Cheesecake Fruit Salad and into Greek Yogurt Fruit Salad… So good.
But I do love a nice mono-salad like this strawberry one, too!
Why this Strawberry Fruit Salad is amazing:
- It looks special. The contrast between the red fruit and the green mint and pistachios is pretty impressive! Come to think of it, it would probably make for a good Christmas salad. But we usually have it for things like Easter and Mother’s Day brunch!
- It’s refined sugar free. I don’t understand sugary fruit salad at all. My poppy seed fruit salad dressing is sweetened with orange juice and a touch of honey for a healthy spring and summer treat.
- You can make it ahead. I recommend adding the mint and pistachios right before serving though. If you’re planning to leave the salad in a cooler on in the fridge for a few hours, do make sure to leave the strawberries quite chunky. If you slice them too thin, they’ll get soggy much quicker.
Oh and P.S: If you’re a fruit salad fanatic like I am, you might want to make a large batch of this dressing and keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days. That way you can make fruit salads all the time, but skip the step of having to make new dressing every time.
And if you’ve made it enough times and want to switch it up a bit, this strawberry fruit salad is also delicious with my Greek Yogurt Fruit Salad Dressing, my Creamy Fruit Salad Dressing or my Creamy Poppy Seed Fruit Salad Dressing – all of them are also refined sugar free, made with healthy ingredients and absolutely swimsuit-friendly!
Now let me just quickly give you a rundown of how this salad comes together. Also, that “rundown” is about 3 steps. Yep, that easy!
How to make Strawberry Fruit Salad:
- Prepare the dressing and keep in the fridge in a tightly sealed jar until ready to use.
- Wash and prep the strawberries and add them to a bowl.
- Add the dressing and carefully toss. Sprinkle on mint and chopped pistachios just before serving.
If you want to read about how to make the best-ever fruit salads, read on in my Ultimate Guide to Making the Best Fruit Salad!
Really, that is it. This is a healthy spring/summer treat you can make in 15 minutes, tops. It’s the perfect fresh side dish for Easter, Mother’s Day brunch or BBQ parties.
I mean, just in case you need ideas for Easter and Mother’s Day brunch, this salad is perfect to go with Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Waffles. Or add even more strawberry goodness to my all-time favorite Strawberry Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast! You can also just layer it in parfait glasses with Greek yogurt or homemade custard. Yum, yum!
Just watch out for yourself and be the first person to serve themselves from this fruit salad. Otherwise? You’ll get passed an empty bowl.
Get the Strawberry Fruit Salad recipe:
Strawberry Fruit Salad with Mint and Pistachios
For the dressing:
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- Zest of ½ lemon
- ⅓ cup honey
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tsp poppy seeds
For the salad:
- 2 pounds fresh strawberries hulled and sliced
- Handful fresh mint leaves optional
- Chopped pistachios optional
- Make the dressing: Whisk together all ingredients for the dressing and chill until ready to use.
- Make the salad: Mix the prepared strawberries with the dressing. Add mint and pistachios just before serving.