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Italian Fresh Fruit Salad

This Italian fresh Fruit Salad can be made with your favourite variety of Fresh Fruit. A refreshing bowl of fruit that is perfect for breakfast, brunch or even dessert. Make it extra delicious with a scoop of ice cream.

I knew with all the fresh fruit trees that are abundant in Italy, that my mother-in-law probably had a Fresh Fruit Salad ready to be served at any moment. Maria was a wizard in the kitchen from her frittele to her baccala to her many delicious pasta dishes. 

Fruit salad in a bowl.


 

My husband loves Fruit Salad or Macedonia as what it is called in Italy. Apparently the name is derived from the French word “Macédoine” which means a mixture of diverse ingredients.

To tell the truth this Fruit Salad is based on the best fruit salad I have ever had. I got to taste it when we were visiting family in Frosinone. I needed to know what was in that salad! So Zia told me she added a jar of her Frozen Strawberries (thawed) and a couple of tablespoons of her Homemade Limoncello.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Fresh fruits including bananas, apple, pear, strawberries, peaches, kiwi
  • Pineapple chunks in their own juice if desired
  • Lemon juice
  • Limoncello

How to make a Fruit Salad

I don’t know about you but there really is nothing like a fresh fruit salad in the warm weather months, the perfect and delicious way to fill up and cool down! The full instructions and ingredients are in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

In a large bowl add the chopped banana, apple and pear first, toss with the lemon juice. Add the remaining chopped fruit, the frozen or fresh sliced strawberries, toss with the limoncello. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or place in an airtight container and refrigerate before serving.

fruit salad chopped and mixed

Variations

I also like to include or substitute with apricots, cantaloupe, figs, guavas, grapes, honeydew, mangoes, nectarines, papayas, peaches,  persimmons, and even plums make for a delicious addition.

I like to use seasonal fresh fruit, I sometimes add a can of pineapple their own juice, this will give it a nice addition, especially if you need some extra juice.

In this Fresh Fruit Salad I added chopped banana, peaches, a pear, kiwi, an apple and of course a jar of my Frozen Strawberries that I saved from last year’s crop.

Fruit salad in a bowl and in a cup.

The frozen strawberries mixed with the juicy ripe fruit actually gave me enough juice, especially when I added  a couple of tablespoons of Limoncello. You can leave it out if you wish.

Recipe Tip

If you use apples, pears, bananas or even avocado in your fruit salad, you will want to keep them from turning brown after you have chopped them. Be sure to toss the fruit with the juice of half a lemon.

I like to make the Fruit salad a few hours or even the night before and let it sit covered in the refrigerator, that way the flavours mingle together.

    How To Store Fruit Salad

    Fruit Salad should be refrigerated in an airtight container. It will last for approximately 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

    What To Serve With Fruit Salad

    • It can be served with a little yogurt or even sweetened yogurt.
    • Or how about a dollop of a Chantilly Whipped Cream.
    • Spoon over a slice of pound cake with a spoonful of Whipped Cream for a Special Dessert.
    • Or how about topping with a scoop of Vanilla Icecream?
    • Or eat it like an Italian, spoon the fresh fruit salad into a bowl and grab a spoon.

    More Recipes Made With Fresh Fruit

    How ever you decide to eat or serve an Italian Fresh Fruit Salad I hope you enjoy it!

    Fruit salad in a glass bowl.

    Italian Fresh Fruit Salad

    Rosemary Molloy
    This Italian Fresh Fruit salad can be made with your favourite Fresh Fruit. A refreshing bowl of fruit, perfect for Breakfast or Dessert.
    Prep Time 20 minutes
    Chilling Time 2 hours
    Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
    Course Breakfast, Dessert
    Cuisine American/Italian
    Servings 4 servings
    Calories 198 kcal

    Ingredients
     
     

    FRESH FRUIT*

    • 1 medium/large banana (sliced)
    • 1 large apple (peeled and chopped)
    • 1 large pear (peeled and chopped)
    • 1 cup frozen sliced strawberries + juice (or fresh)
    • 3 medium peaches (peeled and chopped)
    • 2 kiwi (peeled and chopped)

    * Fresh Fruit, be sure to clean the fruit, you can leave the peel if desired.

      EXTRAS

      • 1-2 tables Lemon juice
      • 2-3 tablespoons limoncello (if desired)
      • 1 small can pineapple chunks with juice if desired

      Instructions
       

      • In a large bowl add the chopped banana, apple and pear first, toss with the lemon juice. Add the remaining chopped fruit, the frozen or fresh sliced strawberries, add the limoncello and gently toss to combine. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or place in an airtight container and refrigerate approximately 1-2 hours or even overnight before serving. Enjoy!

      Notes

       If you think you need more juice then you can add a can pineapple chunks with the juice.
      Fruit Salad should be refrigerated in an airtight container. It will last for approximately 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
       
       

      Nutrition

      Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 642mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 470IU | Vitamin C: 78.4mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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      Updated from April 6, 2019.

      7 Comments

      1. This is a delicious way of preparing fruit salad.
        I usualy use the same fruit and squeeze an orange or two for some juice.

      2. I make an Israeli version. All the same fruit plus blue and blackberries. A handful of walnuts and toss with a good quality plain or vanilla yogurt. People devour it. Almost any fruit but I stay clear of citrus.

      3. This looks delicious. Where would I get limoncello in the U.S.? Could I use frozen lemonade concentrate? Thanks for sharing.

        1. Hi Susan, wherever liqueur is sold I think you can find it. I wouldn’t use concentrate. Hope that helps.

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