Best Ever Boozy Fruit Salad

Dive into a burst of flavor with our Boozy Fruit Salad! A fusion of cantaloupe, blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, and pineapple soaked in Limoncello, for a refreshing, herb-kissed fruit extravaganza.

Boozy fruit salad on a serving bowl on a table.

Get ready to elevate your fruit game with our Boozy Fruit Salad! We’re talking about juicy cantaloupe, burst-in-your-mouth blueberries, strawberries, tangy kiwi, and tropical fresh pineapple. But wait, there’s a twist!

We’ve taken this fruity fiesta up a notch by soaking this vibrant mix in the citrusy embrace of Limoncello. To top it off, we’ve added a sprinkle of fresh herbs that not only add a pop of color to our summer fruits but also an extra layer of goodness. Each bite is a burst of flavors. So, grab a fork and dig in – this Boozy Fruit Salad is a little bowl of happiness waiting to be shared.

Reasons to Love This Fruit Salad

  • This summer fruit salad has a refreshing twist. The addition of Limoncello offers a unique twist to traditional fruit salads.
  • Boozy Fruit Salad offers a balance of sweet and tangy flavors, perfect for sweet cravings.
  • The use of fresh fruits and herbs provides a burst of natural freshness.
  • This salad is an adult treat. It offers a fun, adult twist to a favorite dessert.
  • This easy fruit salad recipe only requires minimal preparation. It’s a convenient choice for a quick, impressive side dish.

Recipe Ingredients

Fruit salad with Limoncello liqueur, garnished with mint.
  • Cantaloupe Melon: Provides a sweet and juicy base for the salad.
  • Strawberries: Add a fresh, sweet, and slightly tart flavor.
  • Blueberries: Contribute a burst of sweet and tangy taste.
  • Fresh Pineapple: Offers a tropical, juicy sweetness.
  • Kiwi: Brings a unique tartness and vibrant green color.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Variations

  • Fruity Variety: There are so many ways to make this fruit salad. You can include mandarin oranges, blackberries and a handful of grapes into your Boozy Fruit Salad. This salad also works beautifully with stone fruits like cherries, nectarines, peaches, apricots, and plums. Adding honeydew or watermelon also makes for a delightful salad. This blend adds varied textures and complementary flavors to your salad.
  • Crunchy Fruit Salad Twist: To enhance the texture with a bit of crunch, consider adding nuts like almonds or pecans or toasted coconut shavings.

How to Make This Boozy Fruit Salad

Step #1: Combine the fruit in a large bowl.

Step #2: Pour in the Limoncello and toss with a wooden spoon to coat the fruit pieces.

Step #3: Let sit for at least fifteen minutes to soak up the booze.

Step #4: Fold in the fresh herbs just before serving.

Boozy fruit salad, garnished with fresh mint.

Expert Tips

  • Cut Fruit into Small Pieces: Emphasize cutting the fruit into small, uniform pieces. This ensures even soaking in Limoncello and a delightful texture in every bite.
  • Efficient Kiwi Preparation: If you have trouble cutting up the kiwi, check out this link “How to Peel & Cut Kiwi.” Proper technique helps in preserving the delicate texture of the kiwi.
  • Organized Workspace Setup: Before starting, set out two large bowls. One bowl will be for the cut-up fruit for your salad and the other bowl will be for scraps (like melon rind, strawberry hulls, and kiwi peel). This organization makes the preparation process smoother and tidier.
  • Drain Excess Liquid: Before serving, drain any excess liquid using a fine mesh to prevent sogginess.
  • Gentle Tossing: Toss the salad gently to avoid mushy fruits; a delicate mix preserves the individual textures for a satisfying bite.
Boozy fruit salad, garnished with mint, on a serving bowl.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use frozen fruits in making Boozy Fruit Salad?

No. To achieve your best fruit salad recipe, it’s best to avoid using frozen fruits for this salad. Frozen fruits tend to become mushy and waterlogged when thawed, which can alter the salad’s texture and dilute its flavors. I recommend fresh fruits to maintain the desired crispness and taste.

Can I replace Limoncello with another type of liquor?

Yes, you can experiment with other fruit-flavored liqueurs like Cointreau or fruity vodka. The key is to complement the fruit flavors without overpowering them.

Should I add sugar or honey to the salad?

The fruits and Limoncello typically provide enough sweetness. However, if your fruits are less sweet, you can add 1-2 tablespoons honey or a sprinkle of sugar can be added to taste.

How can I create a non-alcoholic version of this salad?

Substitute Limoncello with a mixture of lemon juice and a bit of sugar or honey for a similar citrusy flavor without the alcohol.

Storage Info

You can store your Boozy Fruit Salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It’s best enjoyed within 24 to 48 hours, as the fruits will start to lose their texture and freshness beyond that. Freezing is not recommended, as it will significantly alter the texture of the fruits, making them mushy upon thawing. Always serve it chilled straight from the refrigerator.

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Boozy fruit salad on a serving bowl.

Best Ever Boozy Fruit Salad Recipe

Dive into a burst of flavor with our Boozy Fruit Salad! A fusion of cantaloupe, blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, and pineapple soaks in Limoncello, for a refreshing, herb-kissed fruit extravaganza.
4.4 from 88 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: European
Diet: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 148kcal
Author: Linda
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Ingredients

  • 1 small cantaloupe melon - peeled and diced small
  • 1 lb. strawberries - sliced
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 2 cups diced fresh pineapple
  • 3 kiwi - peeled, halved, and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 c. Limoncello liqueur
  • 4 Tbsp. minced fresh mint or basil
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Instructions

  • Combine the fruit in a large bowl.
  • Pour in the Limoncello and toss with a wooden spoon to coat the fruit pieces.
  • Let sit for at least fifteen minutes to soak up the booze.
  • Fold in the fresh herbs just before serving.

NOTES

Storage Info:
You can store your Boozy Fruit Salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It’s best enjoyed within 24 to 48 hours, as the fruits will start to lose their texture and freshness beyond that. Freezing is not recommended, as it will significantly alter the texture of the fruits, making them mushy upon thawing. Always serve it chilled straight from the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 395mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 2740IU | Vitamin C: 94mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg

Enjoy Responsibly. This post and recipe are intended for those of legal drinking age.

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  1. Ohhh I’m gonna make this for my party on Saturday! If I put the booze on it let’s say 4 hours before serving, is that bad? Should I wait until I get there before adding the booze?

    1. Hi Jackie,

      Marinating the fruit in Limoncello for a longer period, like 4 hours, will give the fruit more time to absorb the flavor and alcohol from the Limoncello. However, you should also consider the type of fruit you’re using and how it might react to the alcohol. For instance, more delicate fruits will become mushy if they are soaked in alcohol for too long.

      I suggest letting the fruit soak in Limoncello for at least fifteen minutes, which would be sufficient time for the fruit to take on some of the Limoncello flavor.

      If you’re concerned about the fruit becoming too soaked or losing its texture, you could wait until closer to serving time to add the Limoncello, like 30 minutes before serving.

      Remember to keep the fruit salad refrigerated if you’re not going to serve it immediately, especially in warmer weather. This will help keep the fruit fresh and tasty.

  2. 5 stars
    I do one with honey, lime, mint & Grand Marnier that’s awesome, but I can’t wait to try the limoncello!! I don’t care for melons, other than watermelon but that doesn’t seem a good substitute. What would you substitute the melon with?

    1. Hi Sally, if you don’t like cantaloupe, then use honey dew melon, but if you don’t like those either, then I would use watermelon. – Linda

  3. I just made lemon and orange cello. I’ll have to try this. I usually make a mango margarita for my fruit salad.

  4. What a novel idea! I honestly would never have thought to turn a fruit salad into something more in a such a way. Thanks for the post. Now all I have to do is see if anyone is up for trying something new~