Honey-Vanilla Yogurt Fruit Salad – Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Simple and delicious, this honey-vanilla yogurt fruit salad takes fresh fruit + cream to a whole new (healthier!) level…it’s a great way to change up every day fruit salad!

Honey-Vanilla Yogurt Fruit Salad

Chalk this recipe up to something that definitely should not taste as good as it does.

I mean…it’s fruit. And yogurt. About as uncomplicated as you can get.

But something deliciously magical happens when creamy plain yogurt is mixed with a smidge of honey and vanilla and then dolloped over fresh fruit.

If you are in the camp of persons who don’t believe fruit salad needs a recipe* (don’t worry, I’ve been there), this simple yogurt fruit salad might change your mind.

*I’m using the term “recipe” quite loosely; if you take a glance at the ingredients and directions below, you’ll see it’s simple as can be.

These other favorite fruit salad recipes might change your mind, too:

Honey Lime Fruit Salad
Citrus Glazed Fruit Salad
Creamy 5-Cup Fruit Salad

Honey-Vanilla Yogurt Fruit Salad

I always like to have a really yummy fruit salad at holiday dinners.

Not because anyone really needs it (or ever asks for it) with all the other food weighing down the table.

But I do it because it makes me happy to see the bright, fresh colors…and it’s often a great contrast to more decadent food.

However, fruit salad is a staple of our weeknight dinners, too.

Honey-Vanilla Yogurt Fruit Salad

Granted, sometimes it’s just cut up apple slices arranged artfully on a plate (read: piled as high as they can get as a contest to see if they’ll tip on the way to the table).

Or maybe pineapple and strawberries thrown together in a bowl. Fruit salad coming atcha!

But a fruit salad as simple as this honey-vanilla yogurt fruit salad also easily makes the cut for a simple side dish.

Sometimes a complete meal (something like this Chicken Pot Pie or Mexican Haystacks) just needs a quick side dish to round everything out.

And this yogurt fruit salad is a perfect choice.

Honey-Vanilla Yogurt Fruit Salad

I’m kind of already thinking ahead to our Christmas Eve menu, and I’m 99% certain this fruit salad will be there.

On a personal note, I hope everyone is enjoying/surviving/soaking up this holiday season.

I’ve been trying to make an intentional effort to slow down the pace of life as the weeks lead up to Christmas and focus more on building memories with Brian and the kids…and also looking outward and seeing the need this time of year.

I’d say that effort is going…so-so. But I’m trying!

Tomorrow is Brian’s 40th birthday (what??), and I’m excited to give you the update about the festivities (basically, what we’ll be eating to celebrate)!

Honey-Vanilla Yogurt Fruit Salad

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Yield: 4-6 servings

Honey-Vanilla Yogurt Fruit Salad


  • 2 cups plain yogurt (not fat-free; see note)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large apple, cored and small diced
  • 1 cup (about 6 ounces) blueberries
  • 1 cup (about 6 ounces) raspberries
  • 2 cups (about 12 ounces), strawberries, hulled and cut in half or diced
  • 1-2 cups (about 6-12 ounces) green grapes, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  1. Whisk together the yogurt, honey and vanilla extract. Set aside.
  2. Combine all the fruit in a serving bowl. Toss with lemon juice and gently mix.
  3. Serve fruit individually in bowls/plates and dollop with a spoonful (or two!) of yogurt. Or, if you don’t anticipate leftovers, toss the fruit and yogurt together for a creamy mishmash of fruit salad.


My main advice for this recipe is to choose a yogurt with a really creamy texture. Some fat-free or lowfat yogurts have a gritty texture, which is no good here. We want creamy! Extra creamy. 

It probably goes without saying, but if you have a favorite already-flavored storebought honey vanilla yogurt (thinking of the Greek God’s brand, which is good and super creamy + decadent, but sometimes a little pricey), it could easily sub for the plain yogurt mixture in the recipe. The great thing about whipping it up yourself (plain yogurt + honey + vanilla) is you can control all those elements for the perfect flavor combo.

Also, the fruit here is adaptable – just avoid really juicy fruits which will water down the yogurt.

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