Peach Berry Fruit Salad – A delicious summer fruit salad made from fresh peaches and berries with a bright, tangy dressing. It’s a beautiful side dish everyone loves! (Paleo or Vegan)
Summer produce season is THE BEST EVER. Can I get an amen? Watermelon, corn, berries, peaches, peppers, and so much more. It’s all AMAZING. I find myself pulling together as many fresh recipes as possible to make the most of it, and one of my favorites is a good fruit salad.
I think that fruit salad can be a deceptively tricky thing to put together. For one, there are so many different textures and flavors of fruit and I don’t feel like they all naturally go together.
But when they’re done right—with complementary textures & flavors and tied together with a yummy dressing—I think fruit salad can make one of the most delicious side dishes out there. Especially in summer.
This peach berry fruit salad is a perfect example. Fresh, ripe peaches (or nectarines) and juicy berries combine with a bright, happy dressing to make a summer fruit salad you’ll be eating all summer long on repeat.
My peach fruit salad is easy to pull together. Here’s all you need to get started…
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE PEACH BERRY FRUIT SALAD:
STRAWBERRIES. Gorgeous red strawberries make the base of this fruit salad. They’re usually pretty easy to find on sale this time of year and they add so much color!
BLACKBERRIES. Blackberries are kind of an unsung hero here. Their natural sweet-tart balance is SO GOOD with the other flavors in the salad. And, their texture holds up better in fruit salad than raspberries, which have a tendency to be more delicate.
BLUEBERRIES. Then, to round out the berries, I love adding blueberries. Their blue pop of color is so pretty here, and I think the flavor is perfect.
FRESH PEACHES (OR NECTARINES). Now, the star of the show: peaches! You can use fresh summer peaches or nectarines for this peach berry fruit salad. I recommend something ripe but not overly soft, so the peaches can hold up a little better in the salad.
MINT (OPTIONAL). I used to think I hated mint in my food until I learned I’d been using it wrong! A tiny bit of fresh mint doesn’t overpower this fruit salad. Instead, it wakes up all the other flavors and adds a subtle, refreshing note I love. (Don’t have it? Don’t like it? Feel free to skip it!)
MY FRESH LIME DRESSING. I’ve used variations on this dressing for most of my fruit salad recipes—mostly because it’s SO GOOD and makes everything taste better. You’ll need honey or agave + fresh lime juice to make the dressing. It’s just sweet enough and the citrus ties all the other flavors together.
MORE THAN JUST A SALAD—HERE ARE OTHER YUMMY WAYS TO EAT THIS PEACH BERRY FRUIT SALAD…
- SPOONED OVER YOGURT WITH GRANOLA. Leftover fruit salad is DYNAMITE spooned over yogurt with a little granola. Peach berry fruit salad softens a bit overnight and the mixture tastes fabulous with creamy yogurt and a granola crunch!
- SCOOPED OVER ICE CREAM. Yes, I’m totally advocating putting fruit salad on ice cream. Hear me out—the dressing makes this peach berry fruit salad a little saucy, and it tastes fantastic over a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
- WITH A DOLLOP OF WHIPPED CREAM. If ice cream seems like too much, you could also simply serve this with a dollop of whipped cream (or whipped coconut cream) as an effortless, unfussy dessert.
- SERVED WITH A SIMPLE SLICE OF CAKE. Or, you could spoon this mixture over angel food cake or my gluten-free lemon cake for a fabulous dessert!
- PURÉED INTO A SMOOTHIE. If I have leftovers, I love to purée them in a blender the next morning for breakfast. The taste is tough to beat!
FAQ + TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST PEACH BERRY FRUIT SALAD:
CAN I MAKE THIS IN ADVANCE? Not too far in advance. Since berries and peaches are both more delicate, I recommend making this within about an hour of eating it for the best results.
CAN I USE NECTARINES INSTEAD? Sure! Nectarines are a great option if they’re in better shape or easier to find than peaches. The flavor is so similar, it’ll be a perfect 1:1 substitute.
A TRICK FOR PEELING PEACHES. A ripe peach tends to peel pretty easily with a good sharp knife, but if you’d like another option blanching peaches like this in boiling water for a few seconds helps the skins come right off.
SWAP OUT THE DRESSING. If you’d like to play with the flavors a bit, you can use this orange dressing instead. It’s fabulous, too! (You can even add a little vanilla extract to the orange dressing for a creamsicle vibe!)
WANT MORE LIME? Add a bit of lime zest! A little goes a long way but really adds a bright citrusy punch. (The peel holds the essential oils which have more concentrated flavor.)
MORE YUMMY SUMMER SIDES TO LOVE:
- Bacon Broccoli Salad
- Farmer’s Market Quinoa Salad
- Refrigerator Dill Pickles
- Settler’s Beans (BEST Baked Beans Ever)
- Vegan Broccoli Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
- Taco Pasta Salad (Vegan + Gluten-Free Friendly)
- Thai Cucumber Salad