Have you been asked to bring fruit to your next potluck meal? Forego the predictable grocery store fruit tray and bring this easy Fruit Salad with Lime Mint Syrup instead.

Can fruit be unexpected? It can with this easy Fruit Salad with Lime Mint Syrup. Perfect for potlucks!Everyone loves fruit, right? It’s always a staple at any gathering. And while there are times when grabbing a precut fruit tray from the grocery store is totally warranted, spend a few extra minutes and prep this Fruit Salad with Lime Mint Syrup the next time you bring fruit to a party. Trust me; the unique addition of the Lime Mint Syrup turns the typical into something totally crave-worthy.

Most fruit salads are extremely predictable. The biggest variation is usually the fruit itself, and that all depends on what looks good at the grocery store or farmer’s market that day. But this Fruit Salad with Lime Mint Syrup will leave guests scratching their heads and asking about the unexpected flavor from the citrus and herb sauce.

The subtle lime mint flavor in the syrup is extremely complementary to almost any fruit. I usually try to toss in some kiwi fruit when I make this salad. I don’t always buy kiwi because it can be tart, but it achieves a perfect balance of sweetness and tartness with this herbal syrup.

Tip: While I adore fruit salads, all the peeling, chopping, seeding and hulling the fresh fruit is always a bit of a chore. The strawberry huller makes life so much easier because I can give that job to the kids and not have to worry about someone injuring themselves with a paring knife.

The Lime Mint Syrup is super easy to prepare (plus it can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks – a great make-ahead option). Fresh mint leaves and lime rind are steeped in a simple syrup and strained so only the herbal notes of the mint and the zesty lime flavor remain. Cool completely and pour the syrup over the fruit right before serving.

Then watch this “ordinary” Fruit Salad with Lime Mint Syrup disappear.

P.S. Need to bring something else besides fruit to your potluck? Don’t miss our suggestions for How to Build a Better Veggie Tray and How to Build a Better Meat and Cheese Tray.

Bypass the tired grocery store fruit tray and impress your guests with this easy Fruit Salad with Lime Mint Syrup instead!

Fruit Salad with Lime mint dressing in glass bowls garnished with fresh mint.

Yield: 8-10

Fruit Salad with Lime Mint Syrup

Fruit Salad with Lime Mint Syrup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed mint leaves
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 8 - 10 cups of bite-sized fruit


  1. Bring water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Make sure all of the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and add mint leaves and lime zest. Let steep for 15 minutes and strain. Chill.
  2. Add fruit to a large bowl. Pour dressing over top and gently stir to combine.


The lime mint syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 814 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 22mg Carbohydrates: 207g Fiber: 26g Sugar: 142g Protein: 11g

Bringing fruit to your next potluck? Skip the grocery store fruit tray and make this easy Fruit Salad with Lime Mint Syrup instead!