Watermelon Summer Berry Salad

Juicy watermelon, sweet seasonal berries & fresh lime zest all tossed in a simple honey-lime poppy seed dressing! This watermelon summer berry salad is light & refreshing & so perfect for summer!

A large wooden bowl filled with watermelon summer berry salad sitting next to a small jar of honey, fresh lime wedges and cherries

Fruit salads are so underrated in my opinion – but they make the BEST refreshing side dish for summer. This watermelon summer berry salad is one of our favorites that we make every year!

Ingredients used to make watermelon summer berry salad

Ingredients You’ll Need

Watermelon: Fresh or pre-cut watermelon both work for this recipe! (If using pre-cut watermelon, try to use pieces that are deep red in color. That means they’re the ripest!) We’ll usually cut a mini seedless watermelon if we’re using fresh.

Cherries: I love using dark red cherries for this salad!

Strawberries: An essential ingredient for any fruit salad!

Blueberries: Look for berries that are firm and plump for the best results! (They usually have the best flavor!)

Lime juice: Used as the base for your dressing! You’ll need about 3 limes (depending on how juicy they are) to completely coat the salad.

Lime zest: Don’t skip the zest! (It really elevates the lime flavor in your salad.) You’ll only need to zest ½ a lime so I’d suggest zesting one that’s already being used for your dressing.

Honey: Adds a hint of sweetness to your “dressing”!

Poppy seeds: A ½ teaspoon goes into your dressing and gives your salad a fun pop of texture!

A large clear bowl filled with fresh blueberries, cherries, strawberries, diced watermelon and lime zest sitting next to wooden salad tongs
Honey lime poppy seed dressing mixed in a small white bowl sitting next to a bowl of blueberries

How To Make Watermelon Summer Berry Salad

1. Prepare the fruit. Cut your watermelon into 1 inch cubes and add it to a large bowl. Then cut your strawberries in half (or quarters) and pit and cut your cherries in half and add them to the bowl with your watermelon. Then add your blueberries and lime zest.

2. Make the “dressing.” Next, whisk your dressing ingredients together until the honey dissolves.

3. Toss & serve! Pour your desired amount dressing over the fruit and toss the salad until it’s completely coated. Then serve immediately or let it chill in the fridge for 10-20 minutes before serving.

Helpful Tip! The longer your salad sits, the more moisture it will create in the bottom of the bowl. If you’d prefer your salad chilled, I’d recommend storing your fruit in separate containers in the refrigerator then toss the salad with the dressing right before serving.

A close up photo of watermelon summer berry salad tossed with honey-lime poppy seed dressing

Serving Ideas

Watermelon salads are a great option for any occasion! Here are a few ways we love to use it to help get you started!

  • It’s the perfect accompaniment for grilled meats (steak, chicken, burgers, etc.).
  • An easy side dish for barbecues or potlucks!
  • A refreshing fruit salad for breakfast or brunch!
  • Make it a fun summer dessert! Add you salad to a slice of angel food cake and top it with a dollop homemade whipped cream!
A watermelon summer berry salad sitting next to fresh cherries and lime wedges

Why you’ll love this watermelon salad recipe!

  • Healthy & refreshing! Juicy watermelon, fresh seasonal berries, zesty limes and a sweet honey lime dressing – the salad just scream summer! (Plus fresh fruit is full of vitamins and antioxidants too!)
  • Quick and easy! Just chop, whisk and toss it all together! This watermelon salad couldn’t be any easier to put together!
  • Perfect for parties! It’s always the first dish to go at any potluck, barbecue or dinner party!

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A watermelon summer berry salad sitting next to fresh cherries and lime wedges
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Watermelon Summer Berry Salad

Juicy watermelon, sweet seasonal berries & fresh lime zest all tossed in a simple honey-lime poppy seed dressing! This watermelon summer berry salad is light, refreshing & the perfect side dish for summer!
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fruit salad, honey lime poppy seed dressing, salad recipes, side dish, watermelon salad
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Caitlin

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • Make the dressing. Whisk the lime juice, honey and poppy seeds together in a small bowl or jar then set it aside while you prepare the rest of your salad.
  • Toss. Add the watermelon, strawberries, cherries, blueberries and lime zest to a large bowl and pour your desired amount of dressing over the top. Toss until the salad is coated to your liking.
  • Serve. Serve immediately or let the salad chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes before serving.
    (If prepping this salad in advance, I'd suggest storing the fruit in separate containers in the refrigerator then tossing the salad with the dressing right before serving.)

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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