Dragon Fruit Salad

published May 19, 2022
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Dragon Fruit Salad Recipe

The next time your fruit salad routine is feeling kinda stale, jazz things up with dragon fruit.

Serves4

Prep10 minutes

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If your fruit salad is feeling kinda stale, here’s a winning strategy that will instantly jazz things up. First, pick up a fun fruit that you don’t buy all the time. Here, we’ve chosen dragon fruit, but go ahead and take a walk down the produce aisle and see what strikes your fancy. Next, grab a melon baller and scoop that fruit into bite-sized balls. The result is an exciting twist on that same-old, same-old fruit salad that will surprise your taste buds and looks gorgeous, too.

What Is Dragon Fruit? (And How to Buy It)

Also known as pitaya or strawberry pear, dragon fruit is named for its scaly, vibrant fuschia skin. It usually has white or deep red flesh with black seeds, although there’s also a less widely available variety with yellow flesh. The juicy edible flesh is soft and creamy with a delicate, mild sweet flavor often described as a cross between a pear and kiwi.

Dragon fruit is available at a growing number of grocers. It can be on the pricey side so it’s a good idea to pick the right one to add to your basket. Look for dragon fruit that’s plump with smooth, bright pink skin. Avoid fruit that have wrinkly, shriveled skin or drying scales (both indicators the fruit is a little past its prime), as well as those that are more pale green than pink, which are still underripe.

Dragon Fruit Salad Recipe

The next time your fruit salad routine is feeling kinda stale, jazz things up with dragon fruit.

Prep time 10 minutes

Serves 4

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1

    small cantaloupe

  • 1

    mini seedless watermelon

  • 2

    medium dragonfruits

  • 3

    medium kiwis

  • 6 ounces

    raspberries

Instructions

  1. Halve 1 small cantaloupe and scoop out the seeds. Using a melon baller, scoop out the flesh into a large bowl. Halve and scoop out the flesh of 1 mini seedless watermelon and 2 dragon fruits with the melon baller into the same bowl. Peel and thinly slice 3 kiwis and add to the bowl.

  2. Add 6 ounces raspberries and gently toss to combine.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.