If this isn’t the most beautiful, vibrant, and tropical fruit salad that you’ve ever seen, we don’t know what is. Serving it in the dragon fruit shell is completely optional, but it will definitely increase your like count on Instagram. The actual flavor of dragon fruit is mildly sweet, so long as it’s ripe. More often than not, people describe the taste as being a blend of kiwi and pear. The texture is even similar to that of a ripe kiwi. It’s a striking fruit, exhibiting a vibrant pink outside and a white flesh dotted with small black seeds.
Dragon fruit exhibits a rich nutritional profile, offering protein, fiber, iron, magnesium, and vitamins C & E. It also offers powerful antioxidants like betalains and carotenoids, both of which help to neutralize free radicals. Dragon fruit may be the featured ingredient in this fruit salad, but it’s not the only tasty, nutrient-dense fruit in the mix. Sticking with similar textures, we have the vitamin C-rich kiwi that offers a tart flavor that accents the dragon fruit. You need a couple ingredients to balance the tartness, though. You can’t simply bombard your palate with tart flavors!
Both the mango and papaya balance the tart flavors with their sweet and tropical flavors. Now, if you can get your hands on a Hawaiian papaya, your taste buds will thank you. They are much sweeter than your typical papaya that comes from Mexico, but have a slightly higher price tag. Last but not least, we round out the fruit salad with beautiful, luxurious strawberries. They set off all of the other ingredients in this fruit salad. In fact, you can make the argument that strawberries tie the dish together, but you be the judge of that and let us know in the comments below.
- Prep Time:10m
- Total Time:10m
- 1 dragon fruit, halved and cubed
- 1 c strawberries, sliced
- 1 mango, cubed
- 1 c papaya, cubed
- 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
- 1 star fruit, sliced (optional garnish)
- Cut the dragon fruit in half, spoon out the meat, and cube the fruit. Keep the shells as optional serving bowls or discard them.
- Add the cubed dragon fruit to a large bowl along with the rest of the fruit that you prepare.
- Toss to combine and add an optional squeeze of lime juice if you are feeling zesty.
- Gently place the fruit salad into the dragon fruit halves or serving vessels of your choice. Garnish with optional star fruit slices.