Fruit salad with vanilla dressing


  • ½ cup rockmelon, diced
  • ½ cup watermelon, diced
  • ½ red apple, sliced finely
  • ¼ cup cherries, halved
  • ½ cup strawberries, hulled and halved
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ vanilla bean, seeds scraped


To make it healthier, don't add the vanilla dressing. Dr Joanna McMillan School A to Z nutrition expert
  1. Combine the fruits in a large bowl, then drizzle with lemon juice.
  2. Mix the water, sugar and vanilla scrapings in a small saucepan and set over a medium heat.
  3. Boil for 2 minutes, until thickened, then pour over the salad.

Fruit salad with vanilla dressing

For the lunch box

Seal in an airtight container and place in a chiller bag with an ice pack. Remember to include a fork.

For busy mums and dads

This vanilla dressing will keep for up to one month refrigerated, so make a large batch and have it on hand. It is also great over ice cream for an after-dinner dessert.



'Fast' Ed Halmagyi

About the contributor

‘Fast' Ed Halmagyi is one of Australia's best-loved TV chefs and food authors. For the last seven years he has shared his unique take on achievable, time-conscious cookery with millions of viewers and readers through his television, newspaper, radio and publishing endeavours. Ed's motto is simple, "when you do less, the ingredients can do more!"

Ed is a busy chef – with appearances on television including ‘Fast Ed's Fast Food' on Better Homes and Gardens, as well as regular appearances on Sunrise and The Morning Show, Channel 7's popular daybreak programs. Ed's recipes can also be found in Cumberland newspapers, his own cook books Nove Cucina and Dinner in 10, and many magazine titles. Ed can also be heard on radio throughout Australia as the host of Better Homes and Gardens Radio, in Sydney as a regular guest on ABC local radio 702, and on the Gold Coast as the ABC's weekly chef presenting the ‘5 O'clock Panic'.



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Fruit salad with vanilla dressing

Serves: 2
Prep. time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 2 minutes



  • Egg free
  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free