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Strawberry, Watermelon & Basil Fruit Salad

This refreshing fruit salad is perfect for a summer party. Made with only strawberries, watermelon and basil, it’s healthy, too!

4th of July strawberry, watermelon and basil summer salad

Strawberry, Watermelon and Basil Fruit Salad

One of my recent go-to salads has been this deliciously refreshing strawberry, watermelon & basil salad. It takes only seconds to come together and only includes the ingredients you see. Strawberries, watermelon and a fresh chiffonade of basil.

4th of July fruit salad: Strawberry, Watermelon and Basil salad

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Make sure the watermelon is cut into bite-size pieces then half or quarter the strawberries. Don’t be intimated by the word “chiffonade”. It’s just a way to cut – simply roll a bunch of basil leaves up tightly and cut width-wise to create ribbons.

This strawberry, watermelon and basil fruit salad has only 3 ingredients as is very refreshing in the summer.

Sprinkle the basil over the fruit and toss to combine.

Healthy 3 ingredient summer salad with fruit

The most refreshing summer salad with fruit

There’s plenty of other versions of this recipe out there that include added sugar, lemons and other ingredients. Trust me, you don’t need them. Fresh fruit is the star of the show here and doesn’t need any additional sweeteners. The basil pairs amazingly well with both the strawberries and watermelon to create the most amazing combination of flavors. Just try it. You have to taste it to know how insanely refreshing and summery this is.

A person tossing a salad made of strawberry, watermelon and basil in a square, white bowl

If you’ve been looking for 4th of July food or salad ideas, this fruit salad is perfect. The color is so vibrant and red. It makes for a great side salad but it’s also equally delicious as a dessert, which is how we’ve been eating it for the past couple of evenings.

This best ever fruit salad makes a great side for parties

Bring this dish along to any gathering or dinner this summer and I guarantee it’ll be the talk of the party!

Strawberry, Watermelon and Basil Fruit Salad

Strawberry, Basil and Watermelon Salad

4th of July food ideas: Red fruit salad with fresh basil
This refreshing fruit salad is perfect for a summer party. Made with only strawberries, watermelon and basil, it's healthy, too!
Jenna Shaughnessy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Serving Size 6


  • 1 lb strawberries washed
  • half seedless watermelon cubed
  • 15-20 fresh basil leaves cut into ribbons or finely chopped


  • Remove the tops from the strawberries. Cut into halves or quarters depending on their size.
  • Cut watermelon into bite-size cubs.
  • Chiffonade the basil leaves by rolling them tightly and cutting across the short side. This will result in thin ribbons.
  • Add the fruit and basil to a large bowl. Gently stir to combine.
  • Serve chilled. Lasts a couple of days in the fridge but the basil may wilt a little.


Use more or less fruit depending on how many people you're serving. When I'm making it for just my family, I only use 1/2 a lb of strawberries, a quarter of a watermelon and about 6 basil leaves.

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