Tropical Fruit Salad

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Beat the summer heat with a fresh, colorful tropical fruit salad with a honey lime dressing – this is my favorite fruit dish to bring to picnics and cookouts – and its stylish, sweet, and always the first thing gone!

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Colorful Tropical Fruit Salad

Tropical summer salads are one of my favorite parts of summer entertaining – they are pretty, easy to whip up, and get kids eating fruit without extra sugar.

One of the reasons I love serving fruit salad is because it is a great way to add new fruits like dragonfruit and golden berries to a dish – so picky kids (and adults, lets be honest) can try new fruits without turning up their nose to them when they are mixed with strawberries and pineapple.

If you’re looking for an effortlessly elegant way to serve this salad, try popping it in a coconut, or the outside of the pineapple or dragonfruits after you’ve scooped out the fruit inside.

This fruit salad is best served chilled – but don’t worry much about serving temperature. The fruit will wilt in heat, but is safe to eat room temperature, making it a perfect easy side dish for taking to parties or even just a snack in the park!

How to Make Perfect Tropical Fruit Salad

First assemble the following ingredients:

  • Strawberries (1 lb.) – Sweet and slightly tart, strawberries add a vibrant red color and juicy texture to the fruit salad.
  • Pineapple (1 lb.) – Fresh pineapple brings a bright, tangy sweetness that enhances the tropical flavor profile.
  • Mango (1) – Juicy and fragrant, ripe mango adds a rich, tropical sweetness and smooth texture.
  • Golden berries (1 lb.) – Tart and tangy, golden berries provide a unique burst of flavor and a touch of acidity.
  • Dragonfruit (2) – With its striking appearance and mild sweetness, dragonfruit adds visual appeal and a subtle crunch.
  • Fresh lime juice – Fresh lime juice adds a zesty, citrusy tang that brightens and balances the sweetness of the fruits.
  • Honey – A drizzle of honey enhances the natural sweetness of the fruits and adds a light floral note.

Once you’ve gathered ingredients, we will use this method:

  • Add your chopped strawberries, pineapple, mandarin oranges, kiwi and blueberries to a large bowl.
  • Pour your desired amount of dressing over the top and toss until the salad is fully coated.
  • Cover the bowl and let your fruit chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. When you’re ready to serve, toss the salad in your dressing and serve immediately.

Tips for the Best Ever Tropical Fruit Salad

Choose Ripe Fruits: Select ripe, sweet fruits like mango, pineapple, papaya, kiwi, and passion fruit for the best flavor.

Variety of Textures: Include a mix of soft and firm fruits to create a pleasing texture contrast.

Uniform Sizing: Cut the fruits into similar-sized pieces for a visually appealing presentation and even distribution of flavors.

Citrus Juice: Toss the fruit with a bit of fresh lime or lemon juice to enhance the flavors -and also to prevent browning. If you don’t have any citrus juice, you can also toss in a bit of Sprite, which keeps fruit from browning, too!

Mint Leaves: Add fresh mint leaves for a refreshing burst of flavor and a pop of color.

Chill Before Serving: Refrigerate the salad for at least 30 minutes before serving to let the flavors come together.

Avoid Overmixing: Gently toss the fruit to avoid bruising and breaking up the pieces – if you’re too rough, it will turn to a chunky mush.

Add a Tropical Twist: Incorporate coconut flakes or a splash of coconut water for an extra tropical touch.

Serve in a Fruit Bowl: Use a hollowed-out pineapple or melon as a serving bowl for an impressive presentation.

Balance Flavor: Balance the sweetness with a pinch of sea salt or a dash of chili powder if you want a bit of a kick!

Garnish: Top with edible flowers or a sprinkle of toasted nuts for added texture and visual appeal. I LOVE to add edible flowers to summery salads.

Spicy Tropical Salad

If you’re looking for an unexpected twist to fruit salad, and your family doesn’t mind some extra zing, I absolutely LOVE adding chili lime to this salad.

Fruit salads are amazing with Tajin and similar chili-lime seasoning mixes – and I also love adding spicy tamarind chili mixes to fruit, as well!

Start by adding just a bit and tossing with fruit, then add additional spice to taste.

FAQs

How do I choose ripe fruits?

Select fruits that are slightly soft to the touch and have a sweet fragrance. For example, ripe mangoes yield slightly when pressed, and pineapples should have a sweet smell at the base.

How do I prevent the fruits from browning?

Toss the cut fruits with fresh lime or lemon juice. The acidity helps prevent oxidation and keeps the fruits looking fresh.

Can I prepare the fruit salad in advance?

It’s best to prepare and assemble the salad just before serving for optimal freshness. However, you can cut the fruits in advance and store them separately, then combine them just before serving.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Consume within one to two days for the best taste and texture – fruit gets mushy quick, and while its safe to eat, it’s not the best flavor.

Do I need to add a sweetener to the fruit salad?

If the fruits are ripe and sweet, you may not need additional sweeteners. However, you can add a drizzle of honey, lime juice, or even a sweet poppyseed dressing if desired.

Can I use frozen fruits?

While fresh fruits are ideal for the best texture and flavor, you can use frozen fruits if fresh ones are not available. Thaw them thoroughly and drain any excess liquid before using – excess liquid will make your fruit break down faster.

Can I add nuts or seeds to the fruit salad?

Yes, adding toasted nuts or seeds like coconut flakes, chia seeds, or sunflower seeds can add a delightful crunch and extra nutrition to the salad.

What to Serve with Tropical Fruit Salad

Grilled Chicken: Lightly seasoned or marinated grilled chicken pairs well with the fresh flavors of fruit salad.

Quiche: A savory quiche, especially with ingredients like spinach or cheese, balances the sweetness of the fruit salad.

BBQ Ribs: The sweet and tangy fruit salad can be a refreshing side to rich and smoky BBQ ribs.

Breakfast Burritos: A hearty breakfast burrito with eggs, veggies, and cheese goes well with a refreshing fruit salad.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches: The tangy and sweet flavors of fruit salad complement the rich taste of pulled pork.

Cheese Platter: A selection of cheeses, nuts, and crackers can be a delightful complement to the fruit salad.

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A bowl filled with a colorful tropical fruit salad consisting of sliced strawberries, pineapple, mango, dragon fruit, and golden berries, garnished with fresh mint leaves.
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Tropical Fruit Salad

This tropical fruit salad is a refreshing and vibrant mix of juicy, exotic fruits like mango, pineapple, strawberries, goldenberries, and dragon fruit bursting with bright flavors and natural sweetness.
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy side dish, tropical fruit salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 261kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell
Cost $8

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. strawberries sliced or diced
  • 1 lb. fresh pineapple diced
  • 1 mango diced
  • 1 lb. golden berries washed
  • 2 individual dragonfruit balled
  • Toppings optional: fresh lime juice and honey

Instructions

  • Assemble the salad. Add your chopped strawberries, pineapple, mandarin oranges, kiwi and blueberries to a large bowl.
  • If you are serving it immediately pour your desired amount of dressing over the top and toss until the salad is fully coated.
  • If waiting to serve cover the bowl and let your fruit chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. When you're ready to serve, toss the salad in your dressing and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1518mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 3757IU | Vitamin C: 63mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 3mg

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  1. Katherine says:

    5 stars
    Loved the addition of dragon fruit

  2. Katherine says:

    5 stars
    Loved the combination of fruits!