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14 Showstopping fruit salads that are almost too pretty to eat

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Celebrate summer's bounty with 14 knockout, colorful fruit salads

Nothing says "summer" like a super-fresh fruit salad. Brimming with peaches, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, plums and watermelon, these salads are simple to create but pack a sophisticated punch, in both presentation and taste. Ready for backyard barbecues and elegant dinner parties alike, they should make cameos at your next get-together, regardless of dress code.

1. Summer fruit salad with lime, mint and honey

Celebrate summer's bounty with 14 knockout, colorful fruit salads

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A simple dressing of lime, mint and honey really pulls together this easy, refreshing summer salad made with mounds of tart berries, sugary kiwis and tangy pineapple.

2. Mango, strawberry and avocado arugula salad

Celebrate summer's bounty with 14 knockout, colorful fruit salads

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Buttery avocado is a welcome surprise in this salad of mango, strawberry and peppery arugula topped with cilantro-lime dressing. The creaminess of the avocado plays with the tropical flavors of mango and sweet-tart strawberries to create a complex flavor that requires very little work.

3. Summer fruit salad with matcha-ginger vinaigrette

Celebrate summer's bounty with 14 knockout, colorful fruit salads

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A creamy-spicy coconut and ginger vinaigrette made with matcha green tea tops this heaping fruit salad of juicy strawberries, nectarines and mangoes.

4. Stone fruit salad with lemon-lavender syrup

Celebrate summer's bounty with 14 knockout, colorful fruit salads

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A flurry of lavender buds top this summer salad filled with plump, juicy stone fruit such as tart cherries, dewy peaches, luscious plums and velvety apricots.

5. Grilled plumcot salad with toasted walnut vinaigrette

Celebrate summer's bounty with 14 knockout, colorful fruit salads

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This tempting plumcot salad features a plum-apricot hybrid kissed with the smoke of the grill. The near-bursting-with-juice-and-sugar fruit is a genius foil for its bed of bitter kale. It's topped with salty goat cheese, then finished with a toasted walnut vinaigrette.

6. Honey grilled watermelon caprese salad

Celebrate summer's bounty with 14 knockout, colorful fruit salads

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This is like no caprese salad you've ever had. Triangles of watermelon are grilled with olive oil and honey and topped with tomatoes, pillowy mozzarella, fresh basil leaves and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

7. Healthy avocado fruit salad with chia-yogurt dressing

Celebrate summer's bounty with 14 knockout, colorful fruit salads

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Go healthy this summer with this avocado fruit salad with chia-yogurt dressing full of healthy fats and fiber. Chia seeds add an earthy touch to citrusy and juicy fruits, with just a touch of Greek yogurt for zip and real vanilla extract for a sweet balance.

8. Honey-lime rainbow fruit salad

Celebrate summer's bounty with 14 knockout, colorful fruit salads

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From bright red strawberries to deep violet grapes and the entire spectrum of colors in between, this honey-lime fruit salad runs the rainbow of fruit flavor — from tangy to sweet to tropical and back.

9. Quinoa, mint and stone fruit salad

Celebrate summer's bounty with 14 knockout, colorful fruit salads

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Sheep's milk feta cheese adds a subtle briny touch to roasted pistachios that top cherries, apricots, mint and quinoa, making this elegant stone fruit salad an exquisite creation fresh from the farmers market.

10. Roasted Brussels sprouts and pomelo salad

Celebrate summer's bounty with 14 knockout, colorful fruit salads

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This offbeat summer salad pairs exotic pomelo soaked in a warm mix of star anise and cinnamon syrup — combined with the distinct nutty flavor of roasted Brussels sprouts — for a pleasant departure from the more mundane fruit salads.

11. Watermelon fruit salad

Celebrate summer's bounty with 14 knockout, colorful fruit salads

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A simple dressing of agave nectar, mint and lime zest tops this juicy watermelon fruit salad complemented by the bursting flavors of blueberry and cherry for an easy and refreshing treat on a hot summer day.

12. Composed summer fruit salad

Celebrate summer's bounty with 14 knockout, colorful fruit salads

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In a pinch? This easy summer fruit salad is a luscious and fruity reminder that sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and a spectacular fruit salad requires nothing more than a sharp knife.

13. Nectarine and summer fruit salad

Celebrate summer's bounty with 14 knockout, colorful fruit salads

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A chilled glass of white wine is the perfect partner for this nectarine summer salad with crisp mixed greens and raspberry-shallot viniagrette.

14. Summer fruit salad with cinnamon-honey syrup

Celebrate summer's bounty with 14 knockout, colorful fruit salads

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Cinnamon-honey syrup is tossed with bite-size cubes of watermelon, ripe blueberries and raspberries and a bit of lemon zest for a fruit salad with a subtly spicy kick.

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