Simple Red Fruit Salad

Red fruit salad, arguably better than old-school fruit salad. Made with plump strawberries, sweet cherries, lemon zest, and coriander brown sugar. Five ingredients. So good.

Simple Red Fruit Salad

A favorite red fruit salad, and arguably so much better than old-school fruit salad! It's perfect as spring rounds the bend into summer. A simple, seasonal fruit salad made with plump strawberries, sweet cherries, lemon zest, and coriander brown sugar. Five ingredients. So good.

Simple Red Fruit Salad with Strawberries, Cherries, Lemon, and Brown Sugar

And when I say simple, I'm not kidding. For a bit of something special, I ground a bit of brown sugar with coriander seeds to add to the fruit, liking the way the coriander's citrusy, green notes played off the flavor of the strawberries and cherries. Just a little tweak, but enough to bring a hint of unexpectedness to a bowl of radiant, seasonal fruit. If you're stuck on traditional fruit salad, consider making the jump to a red fruit salad!

Simple Red Fruit Salad with Strawberries, Cherries, Lemon, and Brown SugarFruit Salad

I first started making this fruit salad in the early days of the QUITOKEETO project, when a lot of it was happening at the house. Laugh/ cry. Friends would stop by and just shake their heads. The towers of boxes, the tape guns, the bins of items we'd sourced - it was all a bit much. We did many shipments from the dining room and kitchen island, and I thought you might like a look at the process. But, in the midst of it all, we would always try to break for a quick lunch.  This ruby-hued beauty came out of one of those lunches.

Simple Red Fruit Salad with Strawberries, Cherries, Lemon, and Brown SugarSimple Red Fruit Salad with Strawberries, Cherries, Lemon, and Brown SugarSimple Red Fruit Salad with Strawberries, Cherries, Lemon, and Brown Sugar

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Red Fruit Salad

4.65 from 17 votes

While this is great shortly after tossing all ingredients together, it's also wonderful a day or so after - as the fruit continues to macerate.

  • 1 pound cherries, pitted*
  • 1 pound strawberries, cored
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon whole coriander seeds, or more to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons natural cane sugar (or brown sugar)
  • bit of lemon zest, bit of fresh lemon juice
Prepare the Fruit
  1. Tear most of the cherries in half, and leave the remaining cherries whole. Place in a large bowl with strawberries.
Make the Coriander Sugar
  1. Toast the coriander seeds until fragrant in a dry skillet, then crush in a mortar and pestle until finely ground. Work the sugar into the coriander one tablespoon at a time. 

Assemble the Fruit Salad
  1. Sprinkle the mixture over the fruit along with the lemon zest, and toss gently with your hands. Season with a bit of lemon juice, set aside for at least ten minutes, and enjoy.


*To pit cherries use a cherry pitting tool, or a clean pair of needle-nosed pliers.

Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
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Looks delicious! Coriander is an interesting addition.

Simple Sustenance

Great looking salad Heidi! I adore cherries but they are so fattening that I have to avoid them for the most part. I just bought two of your cookbooks, and I must say that I am very excited about trying these recipes. I was disappointed however that a lot of the ones you have on the site here weren't in the books. I love, love, love your soups. So I print those out and I will just stuff them into the book until I can make a binder for them. I am still very happy with the books. Beautiful to look at, drool-worthy on every account. Thank you for keeping them reasonably priced as well. (most of my money goes to organic food!) Thanks again. Some day I hope to be able to get something from your little Seymour store (feed me Seymour!) and love it forever. Fingers and toes crossed for your new place. I live only 3 hours west of you in the foothills of the Sierra. Sonora.....


How delicious! Don't have cherries today, but a basket of strawberries and a lemon in my fridge are screaming for coriander right NOW. Thank you!

Sue from Pleasanton

good luck with finding a new space, i know from experience that it is both exciting and nerve-racking. i absolutely adore quitokeeto. on your first go round i purchased nikole herriot's cake flags. they have been sitting in my living room waiting for this july, until they'll be placed on top of me and my fiance's wedding cake. thank you for having bins of favorite things they're always so interesting and unique!

HS: Love hearing this Lindsey - and, most importantly, huge congrats!


coriander--brilliant! Only you could have a house full of boxes and it looks beautiful.


I hope the space works out for you! I can only imagine how much stuff you must have squirrelled away given the number of boxes you're packing in the photos. As for your salad, it looks beautiful, red is my absolute favourite colour.

Jennifer @ Delicieux

That looks like one hell of a project, but also so much fun! And the salad, mmmm! When I read about the strawberries and saw lemon juice, it reminded me of when I was to visit some of my family in Italy. We were the served the simplest yet most delicious dessert: Chopped strawberries with a lemon and sugar dressing thad added extra zing and that lovely sweetness to it :D The coriander seeds in this sounds interesting! I bet it is lovely though :) I hope you have a nice day! x J @ WolfItDown


Lovely salad Heidi and Bev you are funny!


And I just got my smock! I love it!


Oh Heidi, this fruit salad sounds so, so good. Love the idea of adding coriander to fruit! It will be awhile before any cherries make their way to markets around here, but I will have to try this! Hope your new space works out. Goodness, those are a lot of boxes!


Well, A) I love that bowl. B) I love your hair pulled back and that shirt. C) I sound like a creep so I'm moving on to food. D) That fruit salad is stunning and makes me weepy. E) Look at all those boxes! F) The end. G) I had to say the alphabet out loud to make sure I had the right letters in order.

Bev @ Bev Cooks

I hope your new almost-spot works out for you. Fingers crossed! I can only imagine how much STUFF you have to find a place for. And I love strawberries and cherries. Two fave fruits, for sure.

Averie @ Averie Cooks

All that matters is that you're loving the project! I'm glad y'all will get your own space soon (fingers crossed!), but I hope you're happy with QuitoKeeto! :) Love the addition of coriander here. I can always count on you for new, delicious ways to serve healthy food. I'm so grateful!


What a simply beautiful fruit salad. I love cherries and can't wait until they start coming in to the markets in the UK. The flavour from the coriander seeds sounds amazing. I hope things work out with your space and that you get your home back again soon!


Wow! This looks so beautiful with just a few ingredients. I'm going to have to find some good cherries that are in season!

Diane @ Vintage Zest

I often add coriander to sweet orange recipes, but loving the sound of it with berries and cherries! Yum. *fingers crossed for you too* xx

Emma Galloway

oh, that trolley, piled high with b+w boxes! fantastic. (in the looking. not in the hauling, oh my.) love the coriander angle here. i imagine cardamom would be differently lovely. simple, fresh, good. good luck on the new digs!


What a beautiful salad.. Love the idea of keeping it shades of red.


Gorgeous ruby colors! And the addition of the coriander is just genius! Love your work, Heidi. xoxo

Nourish Your Roots

Haha! Oh my! I certainly am crossing my fingers that the space ends up working out!

Jade Sheldon

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