Watermelon Summer Berry Salad

The best fruit salad for summer! Easy to make, super refreshing and the perfect side dish for potlucks and cookouts!

Watermelon berry salad in a white bowl tossed in a honey lime poppy seed dressing

What’s the number one thing you think of when I say summer fruit?? For me, it’s gotta be watermelon! Watermelon smoothies, watermelon side dishes, watermelon flavored drinks – watermelon, watermelon, watermelon…I want it all! Which is why this watermelon summer berry salad is one of my favorites dishes to make during this time of year! It’s sweet and tangy, bursting with fresh fruit flavor and the addition of watermelon gives it that perfect juicy crunchy bite!

Summer fruit salad  in a white bowl spinkled with lime zest

Ingredients for watermelon berry salad

  • Watermelon: Fresh or pre-cut watermelon both work great for this recipe!
  • Cherries: I love using dark red cherries (instead of rainier) for this salad because they’re a little less sweet and won’t overpower the rest of your ingredients. (The dressing is sweet enough!)
  • Strawberries: Look for ones that are bright red with no brown spots for the best results.
  • Blueberries: A little more mild in flavor, but really helps to tie all your berry flavors together.
  • Fresh lime juice: Used as the base of your “dressing”. I would suggest using fresh limes for the best results. Bottled lime juice tends to be more sweet and can throw off the flavors in your salad.
  • Lime zest: Adds even more lime flavor!
  • Honey: Adds sweetness to the “dressing” and helps to bring out the natural sweetness from your fruit too!
  • Poppy seeds: Adds a little nutty twist to your dressing and lots of nutrients too! (Fun fact for the day: Poppy seeds are high in magnesium, calcium and fiber!)
Watermelon summer berry in a white shallow bowl surrounded by lime wedges, blueberries and wooden salad tongs

How to make a watermelon summer berry salad

  1. Cut up your fruit and and make your “dressing”.
  2. Add your fruit and lime zest to a bowl and drizzle your desired amount of dressing over the top. Toss your salad until everything is fully coated.
  3. Serve immediately!

How easy is that right?!

Tip: The longer your salad sits, the more moisture it’ll create in the bottom of your bowl. (That’s because there’s such a high moisture content in watermelon!) So if you’re making this fruit salad for a party, I’d recommend throwing it all together right before you leave or even waiting to add the dressing until you get there.

Close up photo of a summer fruit salad made with watermelon, cherries, strawberries and blueberries tossed in a lime poppy seed dressing

Serving ideas for your watermelon fruit salad

Best part about fruit salads? They’re so versatile! Check out these fun ideas!

  • Perfect as a side dish for grilled meats (steak, chicken, burgers, etc)
  • A refreshing fruit salad for breakfast or brunch
  • Or even scoop some over a slice of angel food cake with homemade whipped cream for a light and summery dessert!

Why you’ll love this watermelon salad recipe

  • Quick and easy! Just throw your ingredients together in a bowl, add some dressing and your salad’s good to go! (Use pre-cut watermelon to save on even more time!)
  • Healthy & refreshing! Fresh fruit is full of vitamins and antioxidants and the addition of poppy seeds in the dressing adds even more nutrients too!
  • Perfect for parties! Everyone loves fruit right?! So this easy fruit salad is always the first dish to go at any potluck, cookout or bbq!

Need it gluten free? Great news, it already is!

Need it dairy free? Great news, it already is!

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Watermelon berry salad in a white bowl tossed in a honey lime poppy seed dressing
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Watermelon Summer Berry Salad

Juicy watermelon and fresh seasonal berries are all tossed in a simple honey lime poppy seed dressing! It's easy to make, super refreshing and the perfect side dish for summer!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: 30 minutes or less, American
Keyword: berry, cherries, dairy free, easy, gluten free, honey lime vinaigrette, salad, watermelon
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Caitlin


  • 4 cups watermelon, cubed
  • 1 cups strawberries, halved or quartered
  • 1 cups dark red cherries, halved
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • ½ tsp lime zest (about ½ a lime)
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 3 tsp honey
  • ½ tsp poppyseeds


  • Whisk your lime juice, honey and poppy seeds together in a bowl. Set it aside.
  • Add your fruit and lime zest to a large bowl and drizzle your desired amount of dressing over the top. Toss the salad until everything is fully coasted. Serve immediately.

One Comment

  1. This dressing is genius. Why had I never put a dressing on a fruit salad before?? I made this (with slightly different fruit) for a dinner with my parents and everyone loved it. So creative!

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