Storified by ebanreb· Sat, Mar 23 2013 21:05:55
Fruit salad sometimes gets a bad reputation. To counteract that, try to find a salad that combines the best fresh fruits of the season with a dressing that enhances, rather than coats, it. Seasonal fruits are always best if you can get them. They will give you the most nutrition and you will get distinct flavors that will make the fruit salad sing.
Berries are excellent in fruit salad, provided they are in season. Fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries and cranberries all add their own unique touch to fruit salad. Berries have a lot of flavor and antioxidants. They are also low in calories, which makes them even more desirable.
Watermelon is a wonderful way to add a little extra sweetness. It is rich in vitamin C and fiber while remaining low in calories. Cantaloupe adds color, flavor, and nutrition. Full of vitamins A and C, it can add a lot to a fruit salad. Make sure you get a ripe melon. Locally grown cantaloupes usually have more flavor than those shipped in.
Kiwi may be fuzzy on the outside, but they are green and delicious on the inside. They are full of vitamins and add a nice astringency to your salad. Tangerines are also high in potassium and vitamin C. They add a nice flavor to the salad. If you cannot get them, you can substitute oranges or mangoes.