Home » Recipe Index » Seasonal » Thanksgiving Recipes

Fall Fruit Salad

Fall fruit salad is crisp and juicy, sweet yet tangy, and spiced to suit the season! Serve with breakfast or to wrap up a flawless Thanksgiving meal. 

This post may contain affiliate links. If you click on a link and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. For more information, please read my disclaimer.

overhead shot of fall fruit salad on a wooden spoon

The cool, crisp breeze and warm, comforting colors are the best parts of the fall season… Other than the food, of course!

If you love warm spices and filling feasts, then September, October, and November are no doubt your favorite months of the year.

And dessert isn’t left out – not even the fruit salad! Pears and apples are orchards’ highlights this time of year.

Blackberries fall off the bushes, bursting with juice, and a couple of firm grapes pull it all together with their sweetness.

Save This Recipe!
Enter your email and we'll send this recipe right to your inbox. Plus you'll get amazing recipes in our newsletter!
Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.

With a helping of crunchy pecans, you won’t be able to stop until the bowl is empty!

You don’t need to feel guilty about this dessert. No processed ingredients, no added sugars.

Aside from the orange juice we use to keep things fresh, we’re working with all natural nuts and produce.

Perfect for families old and young, plus everyone in between!

Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post: 

  • How to prepare a deliciously sweet and tart fruit salad for fall!
  • Some other great fruits that you can add to the mix for extra flavor.
  • The best ways to keep your autumn fruit salad fresh and delicious in the fridge before serving.

A refreshing fall fruit salad isn’t just sweet! It’s a little sweet, with some sour and tang mixed in.

Not only does it highlight those fruity flavors, but it stimulates your appetite and keeps you coming back for more!

ingredients to make a fall fruit salad

How to Make Fall Fruit Salad

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Dice the apple and pear and transfer them to a small bowl. I like to use an apple slicer to get perfectly even slices with no hassle before I dice.

bowl with fall salad ingredients

STEP TWO: Sprinkle the cinnamon and pour orange juice into the bowl, then stir until the diced fruit is completely coated.

STEP THREE: Transfer the seasoned fruit mixture to a larger bowl and add the grapes, blackberries, and pecans. Toss everything together. 

stirring fall fruit salad

STEP FOUR: Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least two hours. (You can serve immediately, but I find the flavor is better after a couple of hours marinating together.)

STEP FIVE: Serve chilled, and enjoy! 

Can You Cut Fruit Salad The Day Before?

You can absolutely prep this fall fruit salad the day before. The orange juice in the mix will preserve and prevent the apples and pears from turning brown once tossed. 

To keep the fruit as fresh as possible, be sure to store in an airtight container.

The less air that the apples and pears are exposed to, the less they’ll brown in the meantime. But the orange juice will go a long way in preventing it!

And if you’re waiting to combine all of the ingredients until serving, then you can try tossing the apples and pears in some lemon juice (or the orange juice) to help keep them fresh.

Lime juice works, too – anything acidic!

How Do You Keep Fruit Salad From Getting Soggy?

Again, a good airtight container is your best friend in the kitchen! It maintains the right moisture without the fruit getting absolutely soaked.

Stored properly, an autumn fruit salad will last for up to 3 days in the fridge.

fall fruit salad in a white bowl

What Kind of Fruit Is For Thanksgiving?

Two of the most popular autumn fruit salad ingredients are apples and pears. Blackberries are another great fall and winter fruit, but are especially delicious in the fall!

Some other really popular Thanksgiving fruits are raspberries, mandarin oranges, or clementines.

What Fruits Can You Not Put In A Fruit Salad? 

Anything that’s especially mushy isn’t fit for a fruit salad – particularly if you’re going to chill the mixture for a couple of hours ahead of time like we do with this fall fruit salad.

Bananas are a good example of a mushy fruit that browns a bit too easily. 

I also wouldn’t recommend peaches. They’re a bit too slippery to enjoy alongside others, and they will easily overtake the flavor of the mixture.

And they certainly aren’t seasonal in a fruit salad for fall!

wooden spoon holding fall fruit salad

Substitutions for Fall Fruit Salad

Any apple will work – I use Honeycrisp, but that’s just my preference. Use Gala for sweetness or Granny Smith for extra tart flavor.

The same goes for pears! I like Bartlett, but Asian, Bosc, or Anjou pears add plenty of juice and flavor.

Prefer less sweetness? Swap out the orange juice with lemon juice, and replace the pecans with walnuts.

I find that this really helps you appreciate the natural sweetness found in the fruit.

fork with fall fruit salad

Other Fall Recipes You’ll Love:

wooden spoon holding fall fruit salad

Fall Fruit Salad

Samantha Erb
This Fall Fruit salad has a perfect balance of crispness, juiciness, sweetness, and tartness, and is seasoned perfectly for the season. Good for breakfast or as a sweet side at Thanksgiving.
4.46 from 24 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 169 kcal


  • 1 medium apple diced
  • 1 Bartlett pear diced
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup red grapes seedless
  • 1 6-ounce package of blackberries
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces


  • Add the diced apple and pear to a small bowl.
  • Pour in the cinnamon and orange juice and stir until the apple and pear are coated.
  • In a large bowl, pour in the apple and pear mixture, the grapes, blackberries, and pecans, and toss.
  • Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.
  • Serve chilled.


Serving: 1gCalories: 169kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gSodium: 2mgFiber: 5gSugar: 16g
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


About Samantha

I’ve always had a love of cooking and creating new recipes, so it only made sense to create a food blog so I could share those recipes with you. This site is designed to provide easy and flavorful recipes with as little ingredients as possible. That means you still get great flavor combinations without all that extra time and effort. Read more...

2 thoughts on “Fall Fruit Salad”

  1. This recipe sounds amazing and I was looking for something different to serve with Thanksgiving dinner. Your recipe is only for 4 servings. If I want to make a big batch for 16 servings, would I just x everything by 4? Would 4 teaspoons of cinnamon and 4 tablespoons of fresh orange juice be enough to cover the fruit?

4.46 from 24 votes (24 ratings without comment)

Leave a Comment

Recipe Rating


as seen on promo graphic


as seen on promo graphic