A Festive Fruit Salad with Lemon & Ginger

A Festive Fruit Salad with Lemon & Ginger

My best 4th of July memories are all about watermelon and pool parties. When I was younger, we used to go to the community pool and they hosted this relay race game where you’d swim across the pool trying to push a slippery watermelon with you. It was harder than you think, especially when you’re a little kid. Afterward they’d cut up the watermelon for all the kids to eat. Between the splashy water and the watermelon juices, well, it was all a big fun slippery summery mess.

All of these thoughts of watermelon made me immediately think “fruit salad,” followed by the realization that I never even posted a fruit salad on this site! I have salads with fruit in them, but this one is a salad that’s really all about the fruit. It’s pepped up with a lemon-gingery dressing, fresh herbs, and a few soft mozzarella cheese balls.

You may notice that I got a little crafty and cut my melons into star shapes – I used a 2-inch cookie cutter and I promise it wasn’t as fussy as it might seem :). Of course, you could just use a melon baller to save some time (and fun).

Happy long weekend!

4.8 from 4 reviews
A Festive Fruit Salad with Lemon & Ginger
Serves: serves 6
  • ½ honeydew, cut into about 15 stars
  • ⅓ seedless watermelon, cut into about 15 stars
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup mini mozzarella balls
  • 1 cup cherries
  • 1 loose-packed cup mint and basil leaves
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup raspberries
Lemon-Ginger Dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • ½ clove of garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. In a small jar, shake together the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, ginger, garlic, maple syrup, salt and pepper. Assemble the fruit, cheese and and herbs on a platter. Drizzle the dressing, gently toss and serve!
I used a 2" star cutter to make the melon stars.

This recipe was created in partnership with Whole Foods Market which is where I got all of the beautiful organic produce – on sale!

If you make this, let us see! Tag your photo with #loveandlemons on Instagram.


  1. Gemma from cookwarelab.net on said:

    I have never made this salad before. I will try this one and let you know. Thanks.

  2. Joana from letsmeetcafe.com on said:

    This looks very yummy. I hope it doesn’t take too much time to make it but my kids will surely love it. Thanks for the recipe. And Happy Weekend too.!! :p

  3. Mikaela from irisandhoney.com on said:

    Now that’s a beautiful salad! No 4th of July party is complete without watermelon!

  4. Savvy on said:

    my plan: make this salad for Beach Boys Concert @ Deer Valley; will be perfect picnic choice!! Thanks!!

  5. RO P. from intheknowwithro.blogspot.com on said:

    This looks like an amazing treat! Love anything with ginger and lots of fruit! Hugs…RO

  6. Catering in Den Haag on said:

    WoW! Great salad with all That colors. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Melissa from melodramaticadventures.com on said:

    What a beautiful salad. All salads should have stars in them.

  8. emile on said:

    Good presentation!!Loved the shapes. Easy to give it to the kids too. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Victoria Humbert on said:

    I have never tried this before. It was yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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