Put all grapes and berries (except strawberries) in a large mixing bowl.
Chop all other fruits into bite-size pieces. For reference, each piece should be a little bigger than your thumbnail.
Arrange them on a platter, put into individual bowls or Tupperware, or serve out of the bowl (coat the bowl with lemon juice to naturally sweeten the fruit-this will retard any browning [oxidizing] as well due to the citric acid and ascorbic acid - FruitFresh or crushed Vitamin C tablets will do the same thing).
Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled. Enjoy!
Try adding in a little bit of maple syrup- it's delicious!
Not sure which fruits will taste good together? Don't worry! Throw in a few fruits and it'll taste great. As a general guide, berries taste good with everything, strawberries and kiwis are a common pair, and Mandarin oranges add flavor to anything.
If you happen to use watermelon, make it into a bowl to hold the salad - cut it lengthwise a couple of inches off-center, use a melon baller to scoop out the edible part, and then later put the finished salad into the hollowed-out melon. Use the other piece as a lid, if you like.
To make a cocktail style fruit salad, add between 1 and 2 cups of good quality orange juice, and between 3 tablespoons and 1/3 cup of sugar, all depending on the amount you are preparing.
Bananas turn brown quickly. If you expect to have leftovers, cut up the bananas and coat them lightly with lemon juice before mixing with the rest.
If you are using apples, try to use lime juice, or keep the salad refrigerated to prevent the apples from turning brown.
Be careful when chopping fruits- knives are sharp and when mishandled can be dangerous. Sharper knives are actually safer. The sharper your knife, the less likely it is to slip and cut you!
Beware of the food allergies of your guests.
It's advisable that you wash your fruits thoroughly before preparing your salad, to remove any traces of pesticides.