Fresh fruit salad, it’s the perfect complement to any dish – sweet, succulent, juicy and colourful enough to add life to your table. Whether you’re tossing in berries or adding some watermelon into your fruit salad bowl, it pays to stand out by serving fresh and crisp fruit that crunches or melts with each bite.
After all, your guests (and yourself) will appreciate the freshness transforming an ordinary fruit salad into an extraordinary masterpiece.
Depending on how busy your day is, you may want to do yourself a favour and prepare well ahead of time. The need to cut up countless of fruit in small bits and pieces isn’t only tiring but also time-consuming and when you have only so much time to prepare all the other dishes, preparing your fruit salad the night before can pay off.
The problem is, with most fruit, the thought of overnight storage becomes problematic with fear of the fresh and crisp being taken out of the fruit. In most cases, the fruit will sink in and lose its freshness and shape if cut open for more than a couple hours.
For those who are wondering how to keep fruit salad fresh overnight, the real hack is in how you prepare and store your fruit.
How to prepare fruit for overnight storage
When we say preparation, it all comes down to the tools you use to prepare your fruit. Using razor-sharp and thin cutting tools work best with a preference leaning toward stainless steel knives.
The reason behind sharp and thin is to keep the cutting surfaces as minimal and clean thus mitigating the surface area of fresh fruit exposure.
A good way to preserve fruit is by adding acids at the time of your preparation. The best types of acids to add to your fruit salad can be found naturally in lemons, limes, oranges and pineapples.
Avoid mixing any syrup, sugar or salt in your fruit salad if you intend to keep it overnight.
Doing so will lead to the bleeding out of water in the fruit which will leave you with soggy and wilted fruit that has lost shape and freshness.
How to store fruit salad overnight
One of the tricks to keeping fruit salad fresh overnight is in separating the fruit into fresh and crisp vegetable bags of their own and then mixing them the morning after when you’re ready to eat.
The idea behind this method of separation is to avoid any cross-contamination between fruits as certain nutrients from one fruit may react with another fruit to cause it to ripen or wilt faster.
Alternatively, if you’re looking to mix your fruit salad together beforehand without separating the fruit into individual fresh and crisp vegetable bags, you’ll want to settle with a plastic salad container.
The obvious point of keeping fruit salad fresh overnight is to refrigerate it. It is essential to note that fruit salads that are stored in the fridge can keep for up to 3 to 5 days.