Close side view of finished veggie salad served on a white platter on a crisp green lettuce leaf.
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4.67 from 6 votes

Fruit and Vegetable Salad

Crunchy, tangy, and refreshing, this salad is delicious either as a side dish or a light entree on a hot summer evening!
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 148kcal
Author: Kristin

Ingredients

  • 2 medium cucumbers
  • 8 ounces strawberries
  • 8 ounces grapes
  • 1 small red bell pepper
  • 8 to 10 basil leaves (cut into strips)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons sunflower seeds
  • romaine lettuce leaves (optional, for serving)

Instructions

  • Chop the cucumber, strawberries, grapes, and red bell pepper into bite sized chunks.
  • Chop the basil leaves.
  • Juice the lime. In a small bowl, combine the lime juice, olive oil, and salt.
  • Place the chopped fruits, vegetables, and basil in a large bowl. Add the sunflower seeds.
  • Pour the dressing into the bowl and toss to combine everything thoroughly.
  • Spoon the salad onto romaine lettuce leaves for a fresh, pretty presentation.

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Notes

  • Make sure you pat the produce dry after washing. You don't want any extra liquid in the finished salad.
  • This dish is best eaten right after preparing it. If you need to, chop the fruit and veggies ahead of time and then store in the refrigerator. That way you can quickly combine everything right before serving.
  • If you need to make the fruit and veggie salad and then transport it to a picnic, it's a good idea to leave the sunflower seeds out until right before serving so they don't get soggy during the trip.
  • If you don't have a lime, you can use about 2 1/2 tablespoons of bottled lime juice instead.
  • Mix in some cooked chilled pasta for a heartier salad.
  • Substitute celery for cucumber, raspberries for strawberries, or carrot for red bell pepper, if your family would prefer any of those.

Nutrition

Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 472mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1075IU | Vitamin C: 80.8mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 0.9mg