Tropical Fruit Salad Recipe
There is nothing more refreshing than a fruit salad on a hot summer day. A colorful fruit salad can also brighten up a bleak winter day.
Usually these salads are made up of grapes, strawberries and other common fruits that are readily found at any grocery store.
Why not jazz up your next fruit salad a bit and add tropical flavors. Your family will love this exotic twist on the traditional version.
For those of you who are from a tropical area, this recipe, with fruits that are easily obtained at your local market, is perfect for you.
No matter what area of the world you are from, give this recipe a try. It tastes great, it's easy to make, and it's incredibly healthy. You will not be disappointed.
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- 2 cups pineapple chunks, fresh or canned
- 2 cups melon, chopped
- 1 cup mango, chopped (appx. 1 mango)
- 1 cup papaya, chopped (appx. 1 papaya)
- 1 cup oranges, segments
- 1/2 cup kiwi, sliced (appx. 2 kiwi)
- 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
- 2 tbsp honey
- Juice of 1 lime
- This salad is just as good without the dressing. Just add the juice of one lime for a zesty flavor and to keep the fruit looking fresh.
- Any fruits can be substituted or added.
- If adding bananas, add them when ready to serve. Sliced bananas turn brown and soft very quickly and do not look very appetizing after a while.
- Chop all ingredients except lime juice and honey, and place in a large mixing bowl.
- Whisk together honey and lime juice until well blended. Pour over prepared fruit.
- Gently mix all ingredients together. Serve immediately or chill for later use.
- For added texture and flavor, chop up some macadamia nuts or toast some shredded coconut and sprinkle on top when serving.
- Stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container, this salad will keep for a few days.
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What are tropical fruits?
Tropical fruits are fruits that only grow in tropical climates. The plants cannot tolerate frost.
Common tropical fruits include:
- Melon (certain types)
- Oranges (certain types)
There are many other tropical fruits, however many of them are difficult to find in various parts of the world.
If you are lucky enough to have access to some of them, add them to your salad for a different twist.
For in depth nutritional information on some of the fruits listed above, click on the name of the fruit.
Interesting fruit facts
- A strawberry is really part of a flower.
- A banana tree is an herb.
- Tomatoes, pumpkins and avocados are fruits.
- 1 kiwi has 2 times as much vitamin C as an orange.
- Speed up the ripening of a pineapple by standing it on it's head.
- Dried fruit has more calories than fresh fruit.
- Blueberries are related to azaleas.
- A nectarine is a peach without fuzz.
- Cherries are members of the rose family.
- A pineapple is a berry.
- The strawberry is the only fruit that grows its seeds on the outside.
- Apples float because they are made up of 25% air.
- Lemons have more sugar in them than strawberries.
- Pears ripen from the inside out.
Data from fruitsinfo.com, factmonster.com, fruitbouquets.com, marksdailyapple.com and fruitcorp.com
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