Healthy Fruit Salad Recipe, in take-along jars! + video

By Amanda Paa – Updated April 23, 2021
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*This healthy fruit salad recipe + video were created in partnership with non-gmo Opal apples. Watch for another recipe next month.

Being on-the-go quite often, I’ve found myself stuck in a rut of eating snack bars or tiny bags of airplane peanuts found at the bottom of my purse when on the verge of hangry. Both of those have saved me, but they lack a boost of fresh, satisfying energy.

I batch cook grains, beans, eggs, and pasture-raised meats for quick and healthy meals throughout the week, but why wasn’t I doing that for snacks? So I created these Healthy Fruit Salad Recipe, in mason jars, as a make-ahead star!

You can store the jars the refrigerator for up to three days, and slide into your bag as you run out the door or put in in your little’s lunchbox.

You can use any fruit you’d like, but I found a combination of pineapple, kiwi, blueberries, strawberries, and Opal apples. The best part? The fruit gets more flavorful, and juicer, the longer it sits. Yes, even the apples. THEY DON’T BROWN! And this isn’t because of something strange done to them while growing. The Opal variety, naturally resist oxidation, and are the first U.S. apple to be verified by the Non-GMO Project. Distinctively crunchy, floral, and and a sweet, tangy flavor.They’re in season right now (November-March), and you can find them at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods nationwide.

My two tips:

  • 8 ounce (half pint) mason jars are the perfect size because they keep the fruit stacked nicely on top of each other without much movement, and hold just the right amount of fruit.
  • You’ll want to build the layers in the order suggested, and tip the jars after you seal to allow the marinade to touch all the fruit. Enjoy!

video collaboration with Annie D’Souza

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Healthy Fruit Salad Recipe in Take-Along Jars!

These marinated fruit jars have a honey poppy seed dressing, and are a great meal prep staple.
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Prep Time :20 minutes
Total Time :20 minutes
Yield: 4 jars
Author: Amanda Paa




  • In half pint mason jars, create layers of fruit, starting with pineapple at the base, followed by the rest of the fruit in the order listed in the ingredients.
  • Whisk honey, lemon juice, and poppyseeds, then pour 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons over each jar in a circular motion. Seal jars, then tip upside down so that marinade goes through all layers.
  • Refrigerate for 3-4 days, remove when you want to eat, and tip jar once more upside down to distribute juices.
Healthy Fruit Salad Recipe with honey poppy seed dressing

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January 20, 2017


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  1. Georgina

    These have been on my mind since you posted the recipe months ago. I finally made them this weekend and they have been such a treat for me and my two-year old son. I made them with apples, nectarines, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries. Thank you so much for the sharing the recipe!

    • amandapaa

      Yay! I’m so glad you liked the fruit jars. So convenient to have on hand. xo

  2. Tessa | Salted Plains

    I love these little jars of sunshine. Such a wonderful idea for on the go as well. I find myself getting in a ‘bring an orange for a snack’ rut at work and this would be a welcome change-up. My mom makes a very similar marinade for a fruit salad – I can’t wait to try your version! xo.

  3. betty

    That video is everything! This looks amazing and like the perfect snack.

  4. Paula

    I love this idea..not sure where I can find the apples..I use these small mason jar for overnight oatmeal ,which is good ..And I do the salad in mason jars also..Can’t wait to try your fruit in a jar..

    • amandapaa

      hi Paula! you can get the opal apples at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s around the country. enjoy!

  5. Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons

    These look delicious! And healthy!

  6. Lauren Kelly Nutrition

    I can’t wait to try this! Such a great idea!

    • amandapaa

      saves me on busy days!

  7. thalia

    omg omg omg! i have to make these amanda! i adore the colour – and to marinate fruit is something i’ve actually never tried for some reason??!?? so perfect and healthy for the week! Xx

  8. michelle @ hummingbird high

    bahahah i think i just left you a facebook comment about the video. i can’t stop watching it. that honey drip is just mesmerizing! i love how clever this entire thing is. it’s like one of those fruit cups you used to get as a kid, but way healthier! xo

    • amandapaa

      oh gosh, yes those plastic fruit cups! i totally remember. these replace in a modern, healthy way for sure. :)

  9. Maria

    What a great idea to put them in mason jars.

    • amandapaa

      yes! no worries about them leaking, and easy to clean.

  10. Aysegul

    Oh that video.. How fun!
    I love these kinds of simple breakfast/snack recipes. I had no idea that apples that do not brown existed. I have got to check them out. :)

  11. amandapaa

    yes, those apples! and i love their flavor. not too sweet, which i find with other varieties.

  12. DessertForTwo

    Definitely making these for me and the lady babe for snack time! Love this idea! :)

  13. Alana

    Love these and especially love that video!!! Such a genius idea to batch snacks!!

    • amandapaa

      airplane peanut packets floating at the bottom of my purse …. you’ve been replaced.

  14. Sara @ Cake Over Steak

    These sound so frickin good!! Love the video too. ;-)

    • amandapaa

      desk lunch/snack win!