How Long Does Fruit Salad Last? [Shelf Life & Storage Tips]

How long do Fruit Salad

Fruit salad is something we all crave after every hot day. I mean, it is a healthy option than ice cream. 

There are swamps of recipes for fruit salads on the internet, such as Filipino salad.

You decided to try out a recipe for your family; unfortunately, you had some leftovers.

It’s completely fine. But you should be aware of your fruit salad’s shelf-life to ensure you won’t waste it. 

You have nothing to worry about. You landed on the article you didn’t even know you needed. 

I am here to answer all your queries regarding how long fruit salads generally last and how to store them for proper preservation to avoid spoilage. 

Don’t have time, here’s an answer. 

On CounterFridge Freezer
Fruit Salad 
Cut Fruit Salad 2 to 3 hours 5 days 6 to 8 months 
Filipino Fruit Salad2 hours 1 week 3 to 6 months 

How long Does Fruit Salad Last in the Fridge? 

Fruit Salad is the healthiest way to feed your kids fruits. Use colorful fruits like dragon fruit, grapefruit, and avocados to add flair to your fruit salad, do not make it bland by just using pineapple and apples. 

If you want your fruit salad to last longer, make sure that you do not use acidic fruits.

There is a high chance that your fruit salad would go bad if you do so. 

Filipino Fruit Salad 

Filipino fruit salad tops almost all other fruit salads, at least for me. It’s a creamy, sweet condensed milk and mostly fruit cocktail.

How long do Filipino Fruit Salad last  
Shelf Life of Filipino Fruit Salad

FYI: Here, a cocktail doesn’t mean that it has alcohol. It’s just cut fruits in a can.

As you see, Filipino fruit salad doesn’t only consist of fruits, it also has dairy products such as cream and condensed milk. 

Hence, storing your Filipino fruit salad in the fridge becomes more crucial. It would go bad so quickly that you will only recognize it if kept out. 

If kept properly, your Filipino fruit salad will surely last for around 1 week in the fridge. 

Cut Fruit Salad 

Fruit salad is always an excellent option for a side dish or as an appetizer. 

Store it in the fridge if you have made some at home and won’t want to eat it within a few hours. 

Your fruit salad will stay in the best possible condition in the fridge. 

If stored with the utmost care, your fruit salad will last around 5 days in the fridge. 

How long do Cut Fruit Salad last  
Shelf life of Cut Fruit Salad

How long does Fruit Salad Last in Freeze?

If you want to prepare fruit salad as a dessert for your family in the coming weeks instead of cake or ice cream, you surely can.

How you ask, by storing your fruit salad in the freezer. Yes, you can freeze your fruit salad. 

Irrespective of the kind of dressing your fruit salad has, it will freeze perfectly.

If it has cream or milk, you will have a much more tasty option than ice cream. 

Just be careful of the fruits you are using. Certain fruits won’t freeze well, such as bananas or certain berries ( well, technically banana is a berry, if you know what I mean, you know what I mean)

If taken the proper storing precautions, your fruit salad will last anywhere between 6 to 8 months. 

How Long Does Fruit Salad Last Out of the Fridge?

Some fruits would last well outside at room temperature, some wouldn’t last as well as others. 

So, if you are not going to or won’t be able to keep your fruit salad in the fridge, use fruits such as grapes, mangoes, kiwis, etc. 

If you have already used fruits that go bad quickly at the outside temperature, do not leave them outside for more than 2 hours. 

Especially if you have added dairy products to your fruit salad mix, avoid keeping it at outside temperature. Maximum of 2 hours, and that’s it.

Can you make your Fruit Salads a Night Before? 

Oh, hell yeah! The great thing about fruit salads is that they are tasty and with exciting flavors. The worst thing about fruit salad, it takes a lot of time to cut the fruit. 

You plan to eat fruit salad in the morning for breakfast but do not want to go through all the hassle.

You can make some at night and store them in the fridge. The next day you just have to focus on eating your fruit salad. 

If you have pre-made your fruit salad for the coming weeks, store it in the freezer in batches so that you can just thaw the required amount in the fridge the night before. 

And the next morning, it will be all good to eat. 

Tips to Make your Fruit Salad Last Longer 

You want your delicious homemade salad to last longer, won’t you? Here are some tips that will help you keep your salad fresh for longer. 

You just need to know some simple tricks, and you will be all ready. 

Never keep your fruit salad uncovered. It significantly affects the lifespan of the salad. Unless you are serving the salad, store it in the refrigerator by covering it properly. 

If storing in the freezer, use a good quality freezer bag to prevent any freezer burns. Keep the required amount in the fridge for at least 8 hours to thaw. 

To prolong your salad’s life, try using fruits like apples, pineapple, oranges, or even peaches or mangoes over fruits like bananas, raspberries, and strawberries. 

The latter-mentioned fruits dry up quickly and will have lesser shelf life than the former-mentioned fruits. 

Another trick is not to cut the fruits used into too small of pieces. Larger pieces won’t leak as much juice as small pieces, and thus, they will be fresh for a longer time. 

Remember – Fruits with edible skins can be cut while keeping their skins. 

The most amazing way to maintain longevity is to use lemon juice. As lemons are filled with citric acid, they stop your fruits from getting oxidized. 

Also, yes! Browning of fruits won’t occur when you use lemon juice in your salad.

Storing Fruit Salad in air-tight container
Storing Fruit Salad in air-tight container

Preserving fruit Salad for a Week 

A few ways will help you store your salad for a whole week while maintaining its taste!

1. You have to refrigerate your salad properly. Storing your salad in an airtight container will extend its shelf life and last longer than at room temperature. 

Note – Bananas will go brown soon. So, cut and add banana pieces to your salad right before serving. 

2. Adding citric acid through the fruits like oranges and pineapple helps keep your salad fresh for a longer time and adds a new taste to it as well. Apples and pears, especially, will be safe from browning if you add the juice of pineapples, oranges, or lemons to your salad. 

3. This one is a unique method, as, in this method, you are required to prepare a syrup. Don’t worry; you only need half a spoonful of water, half a spoonful of white sugar, and one/two tablespoons of squeezed lemon(fresh).

Here, adding herbs like mint is an option too. 

After adding all the ingredients, toss them in a pan and heat them until the sugar is dissolved.

Now, all that remains is to add this freshly prepared syrup to your salad and you will be able to enjoy salad for days to come!

Tip – when using this method, fruits that are tart are recommended. (Fruits, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, pineapple, etc.)

How to know if your Fruit Salad is bad?

Here are some indicators which will tell you if your fruit salad has gone bad.

They are – 

1. If the odor seems to be unpleasant, it is time for you to discard the salad. The fruits might have gone bad, so that the odor may be off the salad.

2. When you notice a change in the appearance or the flavor of the salad from what it initially was, you should throw your salad away immediately.

3. When you notice mold formation on your salad, trash it away without tasting it! Do not risk your health and say goodbye to your salad.

Conclusion 

I hope I have answered all your queries regarding the shelf-life and storage of fruit salad. 

If you have any such queries about other salads, we have a list of articles to check. 

Remember Safe eating is Fun eating. Follow us for more such articles. 

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