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Fruit Salad Recipes: 17 Fresh Twists On The Classic Summer Staple (SLIDESHOW)

Wish you could eat a fresh fruit salad at every meal? We can't blame you: it's light, sweet, refreshing and best of all, highly nutritious. There's hardly a better summer snack!

Well, we have good news: fruit salad is not just for snacking anymore. Here are 17 new and unexpected takes on the perennial summer favorite, from ginger fruit salad wraps to pineapple coleslaw to tropical fruit breakfast pudding. There's a fruit salad twist for every day of the week — and then some.

Check them out and let us know how they stack up against your own signature fruit salad recipes in the comments!

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  • Orange-Almond Salad In Lettuce Cups

    Fix this distinctive fruit salad in just 10 minutes. As an alternative to lettuce cups, you can also use 2 cups of torn lettuce or mixed greens and toss all the ingredients together. Prep Time: 10 min Total Time: 10 min Servings: 4 <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/orange-almond-salad-in-lettuce-cups/c2f2e268-459b-4f67-933e-322da0d457a4?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Get the Orange-Almond Salad In Lettuce Cups recipe</a>

  • Granola Fruit Kabobs

    To serve this healthy snack, dip fresh fruit into yogurt, coating all sides. Roll in crunchy granola, coating completely. Prep Time: 10 min Total Time: 10 min Servings: 8 <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/granola-fruit-kabobs/34f343d9-cb0c-4cba-9534-734b8b9844b8?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Get the Granola Fruit Kabobs recipe</a>

  • Lime And Mango Coleslaw

    Creamy key lime yogurt is the delicious dressing for crunchy coleslaw with tropical flavor. Be sure the mango is ripe for the sweetest, juiciest flavor (its skin usually changes from green to yellow or reddish-pink when ripe). Prep Time: 10 min Total Time: 10 min Servings: 12 <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/lime-and-mango-coleslaw/2783b230-6af2-4366-aac2-2e12ba2187ad?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Get the Lime And Mango Coleslaw recipe</a>

  • Tropical Quinoa And Fruit Breakfast Pudding

    Enjoy this delicious pudding made using quinoa, tropical fruits and fat-free honey vanilla Greek yogurt -- a perfect dessert or breakfast. Prep Time: 5 min Total Time: 25 min Servings: 4 <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/tropical-quinoa-and-fruit-breakfast-pudding/b7c20cd2-25f1-4521-bfc1-baafa2e5d518?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Get the Tropical Quinoa And Fruit Breakfast Pudding recipe</a>

  • Escarole-Pear Salad

    An easy-to-make fruit and nut salad that's perfect as a crunchy side dish. For an even milder flavor, you can use romaine in place of the escarole. Prep Time: 15 min Total Time: 15 min Servings: 6 <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/escarole-pear-salad/cb7f1331-822f-4ede-b338-a2af612ce337?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Get the Escarole-Pear Salad recipe</a>

  • Pineapple Fruit And Rice Salad

    Every bite of this unique salad is refreshing! Sprinkle with walnuts for added crunch. Prep Time: 20 min Total Time: 20 min Servings: 6 <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/pineapple-fruit-and-rice-salad/9a8c827e-52bf-41e6-b5a3-d1b648d48e82?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Get the Pineapple Fruit And Rice Salad recipe</a>

  • Tropical Fruit, Rice And Tuna Salad

    Same old tuna salad? Not here! In this unexpected salad, tuna partners with brown rice and three fruits that get dressed-up with creamy yogurt. Yum! Prep Time: 15 min Total Time: 3 Hr 40 min Servings: 4 <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/tropical-fruit-rice-and-tuna-salad/438fe306-e412-4e2c-af40-6de8910ba887?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Get the Tropical Fruit, Rice And Tuna Salad recipe</a>

  • Strawberry-Peach Chicken Salad

    A tangy yogurt and fruit dressing tops off this chicken salad that's ready in just 15 minutes. You'll need a blender or fruit processor for the dressing. Prep Time: 15 min Total Time: 15 min Servings: 4 <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/strawberry-peach-chicken-salad/1e409082-3169-4d65-b1f7-75c395cafe6b?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Get the Strawberry-Peach Chicken Salad recipe</a>

  • Fruit And Pasta Salad With Yogurt

    Sweetly-dressed pasta and fruit make an out-of-the-box salad in just 30 minutes. Prepare pasta, fruit and dressing separately, then cover and store in the refrigerator for up to one day. Combine just before serving. Prep Time: 15 min Total Time: 30 min Servings: 8 <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/fruit-and-pasta-salad-with-yogurt/2224e79c-c2bb-4066-b3ed-cf1e52f8c484?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Get the Fruit And Pasta Salad With Yogurt recipe</a>

  • Sugar-N-Spice Dip

    Dress up creamy yogurt with brown sugar, cinnamon and honey for a fast-to-fix fruit dip. Prep Time: 15 min Total Time: 15 min Servings: 10 <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/sugar-n-spice-dip/19f1078c-1f76-43f3-b420-e639b68869b3?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Get the Sugar-N-Spice Dip recipe</a>

  • Pink Grapefruit And Ginger Salad Wraps

    James Beard Award-nominated Chef Peter Pastan from <a href="http://greenbeansalads.com" target="_hplink">Green Bean</a> in St. Louis shares this delicious salad recipe. To toast almonds, sprinkle in ungreased heavy skillet. Cook over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until almonds begin to brown, then stirring constantly until almonds are light brown. Prep Time: 15 min Total Time: 15 min Servings: 6 <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/pink-grapefruit-and-ginger-salad-wraps/0c0c90a8-7cd9-48d5-8f55-8f15399bdeb7?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Get the Pink Grapefruit And Ginger Salad Wraps recipe</a>

  • Pineapple-Berry Salad With Honey-Mint Dressing

    Honey and mint jazz up this quick-to-make berry and pineapple fruit salad with fresh tropical flavors. Pineapples don't ripen after harvest, so select fresh-looking pineapples with a sweet aroma. Prep Time: 15 min Total Time: 15 min Servings: 4 <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/pineapple-berry-salad-with-honey-mint-dressing/35b8b250-3662-4bc2-b630-572bede32341?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Get the Pineapple-Berry Salad With Honey-Mint Dressing recipe</a>

  • Key Lime-Fruit Salad

    What could be better than lots of fresh fruit topped with creamy yogurt? Just sprinkle with coconut and serve immediately. Prep Time: 15 min Total Time: 15 min Servings: 8 <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/key-lime-fruit-salad/be812bd4-85f3-4dd5-81d8-106d4d5be731?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Get the Key Lime-Fruit Salad recipe</a>

  • Lime-Mint Melon Salad

    A citrus twist to sweet fruity melons turns into easy salad -- a superb side dish. Tip: Instead of cubing the melons, cut into balls with a melon baller. Select a cantaloupe by smelling the soft stem end. A sweet aroma indicates ripeness. Prep Time: 20 min Total Time: 2 Hr 20 min Servings: 6 <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/lime-mint-melon-salad/c82c403e-0529-435e-b672-60fb6b00b2cf?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Get the Lime-Mint Melon Salad recipe</a>

  • Gingered Fresh Fruit Salad

    As pretty as a tropical paradise, this blend of fruits has a tangy-sweet honey-lime dressing. Shorten prep time by purchasing precut watermelon and cantaloupe. Prep Time: 25 min Total Time: 25 min Servings: 8 <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/gingered-fresh-fruit-salad/8341f985-da2c-4cf4-b2da-933a9eda3faf?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Get the Gingered Fresh Fruit Salad recipe</a>

  • Ambrosia Yogurt Parfaits

    Top this fruity and flavorful parfait with toasted coconut. To toast coconut quickly in the microwave, spread it in a shallow microwavable bowl or pie plate and microwave uncovered until golden brown. Prep Time: 10 min Total Time: 10 min Servings: 4 <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/ambrosia-yogurt-parfaits/e9abac0a-2211-464a-b9e3-1351fae1e956?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Get the Ambrosia Yogurt Parfaits recipe</a>

  • Poppy Seed Salad

    What's more inviting than fresh fruit? Fresh fruit tossed with an extra-special combo of honey, frozen limeade and poppy seed. Prep Time: 20 min Total Time: 20 min Servings: 8 <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/poppy-seed-salad/33f35061-418e-4a0d-9c7d-0560b218da44?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Get the Poppy Seed Salad recipe</a>

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