Italian Fruit Salad Recipe (Macedonia di Frutta)

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Italian Fruit Salad Recipe (Macedonia di Frutta)– The Macedonia di Frutta brings back fond memories of warm summer time in Italy. This easy fresh fruit salad adds sweetness and serves as a refreshing palate cleanser, leaving you feeling satisfied and rejuvenated.

Serve as a dessert after enjoying- Spianch and Ricotta Lasagna and Roasted Vegetable Orzo.

Italian Fruit Salad in a large serving bowl. mint as decoration and large serving spoon int he bowl.
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In my family, the Macedonia di Frutta is a popular dessert for its simplicity and versatility. It’s a quick and easy way to showcase the abundance of fresh fruits, creating a colorful and beautiful dessert. My Zia Rosella adds a splash of white wine to hers and makes a fruit cocktail.

Whether enjoyed after a hearty pasta dinner, as dessert to your grilled chicken, or as a light snack on a hot day, this fruit salad always brightened our spirits and satisfied our cravings.

I am excited to share this authentic recipe Italian-style fruit salad recipe with you. So, let’s dive into the world of Macedonia di Frutta and enjoy this delightful fruit salad as a refreshing addition to any meal at any time of year and add winter fruits.

You will also love my Mexican Fruit Salad Recipe.

Italian Fruit Salad Recipe (Macedonia di Frutta)- in a bowl with a fork in it ready to eat. Big bowl of fruit salad in background.

Simple Ingredients

Use ripe seasonal fresh fruits for the best results!

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  • Oranges
  • Apples
  • 2 bananas
  • Grapes (seedless)
  • Strawberries
  • Kiwis
  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon Zest
  • Orange juice  
  • Granulated sugar or Honey (optional)
  • Fresh mint leaves, for garnish (optional)

See the recipe card for quantities.

How to Make Italian Fruit Salad Recipe (Macedonia di Frutta) Step-by-Step Photos

Enjoy this perfect light dessert at the end of any meal.

How to make Italian fruit salad recipe- chopping all the fruit and adding it to the bowl.

Begin by preparing the fruits. Peel the oranges and separate them into segments. Core the apples and cut them into small cubes. Peel the bananas and slice them into rounds. Remove the stems from the grapes. Hull the strawberries and cut them into halves or quarters, depending on their size. Peel the kiwis and cut them into bite-sized chunks.
In a large mixing bowl, combine all the prepared fruits, including the kiwi. Toss gently to mix them.

How to make Italian fruit salad recipe- adding the marinade to the fruit in the bowl.

Squeeze the lemon juice over the fruit salad. If desired, sprinkle the granulated sugar on top to enhance the sweetness. Toss again to ensure the fruit is evenly coated.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or transfer the salad to a lidded container. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together and the salad to chill.

Before serving, give the fruit salad a gentle stir. Garnish with fresh mint leaves if desired.
Serve the Macedonia di Frutta chilled as a refreshing dessert or a light snack. It’s perfect for warm summer days or as a healthy addition to any meal.

Italian Fruit Salad in a large serving bowl. mint as decoration and large serving spoon int he bowl.

Variations

  • Tropical Fruit Salad: Add a tropical twist to your fruit salad by incorporating mango, papaya, and passion fruit. Replace the oranges with freshly squeezed pineapple juice for an extra tropical flavor.
  • Stone Fruit: When in season, add fresh peaches, apricots, nectarines, or plums.
  • Citrus Delight: Embrace the citrus flavors by combining different citrus fruits such as grapefruits, tangerines, and blood oranges. Their tangy and refreshing notes will add a zesty twist to your fruit salad.
  • Berry Blast: Amplify the berry flavors by focusing on a berry-centric fruit salad. Include an assortment of berries like blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and cranberries. Their vibrant colors and tangy sweetness will create a burst of flavors.
  • Minty Fresh: Infuse freshness by adding finely chopped fresh mint leaves to your fruit salad. The mint will complement the sweetness of the fruits and provide a refreshing aroma.
  • Nutty Crunch: For a textural twist, sprinkle some toasted nuts like almonds, walnuts, or pistachios over the fruit salad. The nuts will add a delightful crunch and an extra layer of richness.
  • Creamy Indulgence: For a more indulgent variation, serve the fruit salad with a dollop of freshly whipped cream, lemon sorbet, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The creamy addition will create a delightful contrast to the juicy fruits. You can even serve it over cottage cheese.

Feel free to experiment and customize the fruit salad according to your preferences and available fruits. The beauty of Macedonia di Frutta lies in its versatility, allowing you to create a combination of fruits to suit your taste buds.

Italian Fruit Salad Recipe (Macedonia di Frutta)- in a bowl with a fork in it ready to eat.

Serving Bowl

How to Store Leftover Fruit Salad

  1. Refrigerate: Fruit salads should always be stored in the refrigerator to maintain freshness and prevent spoilage. The cold temperature helps preserve the quality of the fruits and extends their shelf life.
  2. Airtight Container: Transfer the fruit salad to an airtight container with a lid. This will help maintain the salad’s texture, prevent it from absorbing odors from the refrigerator, and protect it from contamination.
  3. Separate Juice: If your fruit salad has accumulated some juice at the bottom of the container, try to separate the juice from the fruit.

Top tips

  • Choose ripe and seasonal fruits: Opt for ripe and in-season fruits to ensure the best flavor and sweetness in your fruit salad. Fresh and juicy fruits will elevate the taste and overall experience.
  • Use a variety of textures and flavors: Aim for a balance of textures and flavors by incorporating fruits with different textures, such as crisp apples, juicy oranges, and soft bananas. This variety adds interest and complexity to the salad.
  • Add lemon juice to prevent browning: Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the fruits to prevent them from browning. Lemon juice acts as a natural preservative and adds a touch of tanginess to the salad.
  • Customize the sweetness: If desired, you can add a small amount of granulated sugar or a drizzle of honey to enhance the natural sweetness of the fruits. Taste the salad first to assess the sweetness of the fruits before adding any sweetener.
  • Allow the flavors to meld: After mixing the fruits and any additional ingredients, refrigerate the salad for at least 30 minutes to an hour. This resting time allows the juices of the fruit to meld together, creating a delicious sauce.
  • Garnish with fresh mint leaves: Just before serving, add a few as a garnish. The aromatic scent of the mint enhances the overall presentation and adds a touch of freshness to each bite.
Italian Fruit Salad Recipe (Macedonia di Frutta)- in a bowl with a fork in it ready to eat. Top down view.

FAQs

How to prevent bananas from going brown in a fruit salad

To prevent bananas from going brown in fruit salad, you can either add them to the salad just before serving or coat them with lemon juice to minimize oxidation. The acid in the lemon juice acts as a natural barrier, preventing the bananas from turning brown.

Can I make fruit salad ahead of time?

Yes! You can make fruit sald ahead of time. It is best to make fruit salad no more than a few hours in advance to maintain the freshness and quality of the fruits. The closer to serving time you prepare the fruit salad, the better it will taste and retain its vibrant colors.

Can I freeze fruit salad?

Freezing fruit salad is not recommended as the texture of the fruits can change significantly upon thawing, resulting in a mushy consistency. It is best enjoyed fresh for the best taste and texture.

Can I use canned fruits for fruit salad?

Yes, you can use canned fruit for fruit salad if fresh fruits are not available or if you prefer the convenience of canned fruits. However, remember that canned fruits are often softer and may have a different texture than fresh fruits. It’s recommended to drain the canned fruits well before adding them to the salad to remove excess syrup or juice. Additionally, choose canned fruits that are packed in their own juices or in water rather than heavy syrups to reduce added sugars. Fresh fruits generally provide the best flavor and texture, but using canned fruits can still yield a tasty fruit salad.

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Italian Fruit Salad Recipe (Macedonia di Frutta)– The Macedonia di Frutta brings back fond memories of warm summer time in Italy. This easy fruit salad adds sweetness and serves as a refreshing palate cleanser, leaving you feeling satisfied and rejuvenated.

  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 oranges
  • 2 apples
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 cups grapes (seedless)
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 3 kiwis
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (optional)
  • Fresh mint leaves, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Begin by preparing the fruits. Peel the oranges and separate them into segments. Core the apples and cut them into small cubes. Peel the bananas and slice them into rounds. Remove the stems from the grapes. Hull the strawberries and cut them into halves or quarters, depending on their size. Peel the kiwis and cut them into bite-sized chunks.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the prepared fruits, including the kiwi. Toss gently to mix them.
  3. Squeeze the lemon juice over the fruit salad. If desired, sprinkle the granulated sugar on top to enhance the sweetness. Toss again to ensure the fruit is evenly coated.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or transfer the salad to a lidded container. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together and the salad to chill.
  5. Before serving, give the fruit salad a gentle stir. Garnish with fresh mint leaves if desired.
  6. Serve the Macedonia di Frutta chilled as a refreshing dessert or a light snack. It’s perfect for warm summer days or as a healthy addition to any meal.

Notes

Add other fruits that are in season, such as stonefruit, berries, and watermelon.

How to Store Leftover Fruit Salad

Refrigerate: Fruit salads should always be stored in the refrigerator to maintain freshness and prevent spoilage. The cold temperature helps preserve the quality of the fruits and extends their shelf life.

Airtight Container: Transfer the fruit salad to an airtight container with a lid. This will help maintain the salad’s texture, prevent it from absorbing odors from the refrigerator, and protect it from contamination.

Separate Juice: If your fruit salad has accumulated some juice at the bottom of the container, try to separate the juice from the fruit.

  • Author: Elena
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: NA
  • Category: Sweet
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian

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