Creamy yogurt fruit salad is a fresh, vibrant treat and is incredibly easy to make with fresh fruits and greek yogurt dressing. It makes a perfect breakfast or a healthy snack.
Most kids don't enjoy eating plain cut fruits and certainly, they either run away from the fruit bowl or find excuses to not eat them!! In fact, adults also often feel that eating fresh fruits every day is boring.
Transform plain fruits into something interesting in no time with a few basic ingredients and without much hassle.
Get kids on board and see the magic happening right in front of your eyes. You would have never imagined that your once fruit-hating kid has started liking the same fruits in a different avatar! The best part is that it is healthy and made with fresh fruits. Bonus points are that kids get to consume probiotics from yogurt and essential nutrients from fruits and nuts.
Greek yogurt dressing takes the fresh fruit salad up a notch with its interesting flavour profile. Cardamom adds a lovely warm flavour. Lemon juice prevents fruits from browning.
A simple extra step is all worth it to make kids eat fruits. Strawberry yogurt bark, strawberry frozen yogurt, mango mousse and strawberry fool are a few interesting ways to make humble fruits appetising.
- Fruits: Strawberry, banana, green grapes, apple, plums, orange, pomegranate and lemon.
- Nuts and Dried Fruits: Almonds, raisins
- Dressing: Greek yogurt, maple syrup, green cardamom.
See the recipe card for quantities.
How to make a fruit salad with yogurt dressing?
Add the yogurt to a bowl and whisk well.
Add the maple syrup, cardamom and stir until well combined.
Keep it aside.
In a large bowl, add all the fresh fruits, lemon juice and stir well.
Now add the dressing and stir until all the fruits are well coated.
Enjoy creamy and delicious fruit salad with yogurt and nuts.
Walnuts and pecans could be substituted for almonds.
Plain Greek yogurt could be replaced with flavoured yogurt such as vanilla yogurt for extra flavour.
Cinnamon can be used instead of cardamom.
Honey or agave syrup can be used instead of maple syrup.
Use any fruits that you have on hand - kiwis, berries, mango, pineapple and cantaloupe.
Sunflower seeds and dried fruits such as cranberries, apricots add crunch and flavour to the salad.
Tips and Tricks
Do not skip the lemon juice as it elevates the flavour of dressing and keeps fruits from browning.
Ensure not to let the fruit salad sit outside for a long period of time as the yogurt dressing might go sour and taste unpleasant.
Keep the salad in the fridge until ready to serve to maintain the freshness of fruits and yogurt.
How to store creamy fruit salad
Yogurt and fresh fruits don't last quite a long, definitely not more than maybe a day. Because fruits such as bananas and apples start to brown, strawberries get soft and nuts lose crunchiness. Try to finish it off in a day.
I wouldn't recommend freezing leftover fruit salad.
If you are planning to make the fruit salad ahead of time, then chop all the fruits except the banana, mix in lemon juice to prevent browning and store them in the fridge in an airtight container. Prepare the yogurt dressing and store it separately in the fridge. When ready to serve combine the fruits, dressing, fresh banana, nuts and dried fruits.
Use it up in fruit yogurt parfait. Replace fresh fruits layer with salad.
Transform it into a fun canapé dessert. Fill up the phyllo cups with this fresh fruit salad, and garnish it with glazed cherry or chocolate chips to make it more appealing for kids. If you plan to make your own phyllo cups then check out my yogurt cherry Phyllo cups recipe for step-by-step instructions.
Make healthy overnight oats for breakfast with yogurt fruit salad. Either use salad instead of mango or use it as an extra layer in my mango overnight oats.
Most of the fresh fruits go well with yogurt- apple, banana, berries, peach, grapes, pomegranate, kiwi, oranges, mango and the list goes on! Use whatever fresh fruits you have on hand. Actually, this creamy fruit salad is a great way to use up fruits that would otherwise get rotten over time and end up in the bin.
No frozen fruits don't hold up the shape, texture and taste won't be the same as fresh. Some fruits such as berries turn mushy. Perhaps the salad doesn't look appealing with mushy and unshaped fruits.
Coat fruits with lemon juice to keep fruit salad fresh for a longer period of time. Citric acid from lemon helps prevent oxidation processes that cause fruits to turn brown.
Both plain and flavoured yogurt works well in a salad. Use yogurt that's fresh and well within its expiry date. Greek yogurt gives a creamy texture and lovely taste compared to normal yogurt.
Flavoured yogurt imparts additional flavour to fruit salad.
Regardless of whether you use homemade or store-bought yogurt, ensure it is not too sour.
📖 Recipe Card
Creamy Yogurt Fruit Salad
1 Cup = 250ml ; 1 Tablespoon = 15ml ; 1 Teaspoon = 5ml
- 131 gms (or) ¾ cup Strawberries hull and slice into half
- 112 gms (or) ½ cup Grapes slice each into half
- 40 gms (or) ⅓ cup Pomegranate arils
- 1 Banana peeled and cut into rounds
- 1 Apple cored and cut into cubes
- 1 Plums pitted and cut into cubes
- 1 Orange peeled, white pith removed and segmented
- Lemon juice from half lemon
Nuts and Dried Fruits
- 6-8 Almonds slivered
- 1 Tablespoon Raisins
- 135 gms Greek yogurt
- 1 Tablespoon Maple syrup
- 2 Cardamom pods crushed
- Add the yogurt to a bowl and whisk well.135 gms Greek yogurt
- Add the maple syrup, cardamom and stir until well combined.1 Tablespoon Maple syrup , 2 Cardamom pods
- Keep it aside.
For Fruit Salad
- In a large bowl, add all the fresh fruits, lemon juice and stir well.131 gms (or) ¾ cup Strawberries, 112 gms (or) ½ cup Grapes, 40 gms (or) ⅓ cup Pomegranate arils, 1 Banana , 1 Apple, 1 Plums, 1 Orange , Lemon
- Now add the dressing, nuts, dried fruits and stir until all the fruits are well coated.1 Tablespoon Raisins, 6-8 Almonds
- Enjoy creamy and delicious fruit salad with yogurt and nuts.
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