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By Joey Hoffman

Throwing together a quick fruit salad is easy, sure — but it's worth taking the time to choose the perfect combo of fresh fruits, from plump berries to kiwi and even star fruit. Mix up a zingy dressing and suddenly, a simple standby becomes a dessert to remember.

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Secret fruit salad recipe from Rachel Schultz
Rachel Schultz

1. Secret fruit salad: The hidden ingredient in this juicy, berry-jammed fruit salad? Dry, instant vanilla pudding mix. Just sprinkle it over the fruit and stir for an extra flavor punch.

Fruit salad with lime-mint dressing from Garnish with Lemons
Garnish with Lemons

2. Fruit salad with lime-mint dressing: Subtly cool with a citrusy kick, the simple-syrup-based dressing in this recipe will enliven any fruits you choose to combine in your custom-mixed salad.

Fruit salad with watermelon-mint dressing from Crackers on the Couch
Crackers on the Couch

3. Fruit salad with watermelon-mint dressing: Nothing says warm weather like juicy watermelon and fresh mint. Together, they make an ingenious dressing for this fruit salad, made with plums, pears, apples, strawberries and oranges.

Boozy fruit salad from The Wanderlust Kitchen
The Wanderlust Kitchen

4. Boozy fruit salad: A Limoncello dressing is surely one of the best things ever to happen to a fruit salad.

Tropical fruit salad with sweet and spicy dressing from Garlic and Zest
Garlic and Zest

5. Tropical fruit salad with sweet and spicy dressing: Adding heat and spice to a tropical fruit salad makes perfect sense, and this recipe nails it with a vibrant dressing of honey, lime, jalapeno and ginger.

Spicy cantaloupe salad from More Stomach
More Stomach

6. Spicy cantaloupe salad: Fish sauce in a fruit salad? Better believe it. Throw in some basil, chili and lime, and you've got a dressing that gives a whole new dimension to a bowl of chopped cantaloupe.

Sparkling fruit salad from Magnolia Days
Magnolia Days