Tropical Fruit Salad Recipe

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Tropical Fruit Salad Recipe

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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Cook Time

Prep timeReady inYields

30 min

30 min

Serves 8 people 1 cup fruit salad


  • 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 tablespoons honey
  • Juice of 1 lime


  1. Chop all ingredients except lime juice and honey, and place in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk together honey and lime juice until well blended. Pour over prepared fruit.
  3. Gently mix all ingredients together. Serve immediately or chill for later use.
  4. For added texture and flavor, chop up some macadamia nuts or toast some shredded coconut and sprinkle on top when serving.
  5. Stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container, this salad will keep for a few days.

Serving Tips

  • 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.

What Are Tropical Fruits?

Tropical fruits are fruits that only grow in tropical climates. The plants cannot tolerate frost.

Common tropical fruits include:

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 its 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.
  • 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

© 2013 Claudia Mitchell


mariha london on April 12, 2018:

thank you so much. this was so helpful!!!!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 14, 2015:

Hi Kristen - Now's the time to get some really nice fresh fruit, especially where I am. Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a nice weekend.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on August 13, 2015:

Great hub, Glimmer. I would love to make this fruit salad before summer's over in a month from here. Voted up for useful and delicious!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 30, 2014:

Thank you for such lovely comments brakel2. I too need to eat more fruits and vegetables and these types of salads always help me. Glad you stopped by to read and I appreciate all of the support!

Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on June 29, 2014:

I love fruit Glimmer Twin Fan. The recipe and the sauce make my mouth water. Most interesting are the facts about fruits. I need to eat more vegetables, and somewhere it says avocados can be either. That may not be true, but I do love avocados. Your presentation of your recipes fascinates me, and I know you put much work into the preparation. Pinning this hub. Blessings, Audrey

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 06, 2013:

Thanks Daisy - I love that sweet tart taste of the pomegranate and it is a little different. Unfortunately we do not get very good ones here in the winter. I am glad you enjoyed the hub!

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on March 06, 2013:


I've never thought to add pomegranate seeds to my fruit salads. I'm going to have to buy a pomegranate and try it.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 06, 2013:

Thanks so much Michelle - I just made some last night and will enjoy it for my breakfast!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on March 05, 2013:

Nothing healthier than a fruit salad! Thanks for sharing, Glim!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 02, 2013:

Thanks so much ESPeck. I appreciate the comments and support. Thanks for your feedback too! It was fun doing the apprenticeship with you.

Emilie S Peck from Minneapolis, MN on February 28, 2013:

Voted up and...well, tried to Pin it. I'll try again when Pinterest is cooperating with me.

Great hub! I'll have to try this one.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 13, 2013:

Thanks so much Sheri Faye. They are expensive here in Pennsylvania too. and yes, that dressing would work with any fruit salad. I appreciate the comments.

Sheri Dusseault from Chemainus. BC, Canada on February 12, 2013:

Sounds yummy. Living in Canada tropical fruits in the winter are very expensive, but I am sure that dressing would be great with almost all fruit. Thanks! By the way, great photo!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 12, 2013:

Hi pstraubie - I'm glad you'll be giving this a try. I am usually in the mood for some fruit salad and it always fun to mix it up a bit. Hope you are well.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 12, 2013:

I appreciate it shin_rocka.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 12, 2013:

I wish pineapple was on sale here. I like putting a twist on things and I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks for commenting.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 12, 2013:

Salads have become my food of choice lately. I am definitely adding this to my list as a fruit salad with all of these flavors will be divine for sure.Thank you for sharing this with us, Glimmer Twin Fan. I always find something yummy here...and the Valentine cake is so cute...great directions.

Sending Angels your way :) ps

shin_rocka04 from Maryland on February 11, 2013:

Very nice, clean, and healthy! Voted up!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on February 11, 2013:

This presentation is so pretty and wonderfully nutritious. This is an interesting twist on the usual fruit salads. Fresh pineapple was on sale the other day and now I must run out and get some. Beautiful pics.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 11, 2013:

Thanks so much Rebecca! I like the pomegranate seeds for the crunch too. Also a little tartness too. Glad you enjoyed the hub!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on February 11, 2013:

Beautiful Hub! I'll bet the pomegranate seeds give this tropical fruit salad a delicious crunch. Voted awesome and shared.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 11, 2013:

Hi teaches - I had fun researching all of those facts. I thought it was interesting that blueberries are related to azaleas. Enjoy your fruit salad and thanks for reading!

Dianna Mendez on February 10, 2013:

I love fruit salads and your suggestions are reminding me that I need to make one this week. I always for get that pumpkins are fruits. Thanks for reminding me. Voted up!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 08, 2013:

Thanks so much Mike! Healthy and it tastes good. Sometimes two don't always go together.

Mike Robbers from London on February 08, 2013:

Cool hub.. Banana, kiwi, pineapple... now this is what I call a healthy paradise :)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 08, 2013:

Thanks rajan! You are right. It's amazing how much a fruit salad can cool me during the summer, especially watermelon. I appreciate all of the support.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 07, 2013:

GTF, we usually make this tropical fruit salad in summer. It is a very effective coolant. The fruit facts are really interesting.

Voted up, useful, interesting and sharing.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 07, 2013:

Thanks Sunshine. I had never heard about ripening a pineapple upside down and some of the others until I was writing this. Up here the pineapples are not always the best so I am going to give that a try next time I buy one.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on February 07, 2013:

A pineapple is a berry? A strawberry is part of a flower? I learned something new today! Yay! I do ripen a pineapple upside down, it also helps distribute the juice throughout. During the spring and summer I always have a fruit salad in my fridge. Yummilicious hub!!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 07, 2013:

Hi vespa - I wish we had tropical fruit all year round. They do sell things in the grocery store but they are not nearly as good sitting on the grocery shelves for a few days. I appreciate the support!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 07, 2013:

Thanks so much tillsontitan! I cannot tell a lie, the title was one of the exclusives. :-) I appreciate all of the kind comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 07, 2013:

Thanks so much Michelle! I hope you enjoy your salad.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 07, 2013:

Thanks so much Suzie HQ! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. My salad is all gone now, so I'll have to make some more. Have a good day!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on February 07, 2013:

This recipe is just perfect for our area since we have tropical fruit year-round. I look forward to trying the dressing, something new for a change. Thanks for the link, too. I have linked to this Hub as well!

Mary Craig from New York on February 07, 2013:

You did an outstanding job with this title. This was not an easy one to write an entire hub on but you did and you did it with style. Your photos are great and instructional, and you included great lists to round out your salad making! Pat yourself on the back for this one for sure.

Voted up and awesome and interesting.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on February 07, 2013:

Sounds delicious, and I'm going to try some now! Thanks for sharing!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on February 07, 2013:

Hi Glimmer Twin Fan,

This is such a refreshing change to the berries type which I also love. The colors and textures of exotic fruit look so yummy, this is a winner for me!

Thanks so much for the links to my recipes. I so appreciate you doing that!! Great simple recipe that is packed with goodness. Loved all your interesting facts too!!

Votes, shares and pinned!!!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 07, 2013:

I appreciate the comments DDE. Enjoy your salad.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 07, 2013:

Hi FullofLoveSites - Thanks for the nice comments. Why wait until summer! With so many fruits available you ought to try to make one now.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 07, 2013:

Thanks Martin - Drink the water on the side or with some fruit in the water for a fruity drink? Either way sounds refreshing.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 07, 2013:

Thanks Nell! Enjoy your salad! I'm on my last bowl of mine right now.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 07, 2013:

Thanks GiblinGirl!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 07, 2013:

An fantastic idea for a fruit salad with many different fruit and so refreshing too. Thanks for this delightful fruit salad.

FullOfLoveSites from United States on February 06, 2013:

Fruit salads on a summer day! I love it... can't wait for the summer to try this! Up and useful/awesome and a following. :)

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on February 06, 2013:

Love it! try with sparkling soda water.

Nell Rose from England on February 06, 2013:

This is great, it reminds me of summer! I really have to make it now, fantastic!

CarNoobz from USA on February 06, 2013:

I never loved pineapple as a kid (not sure about your daughter), but when my wife makes it, she rubs it down with salt first to take away some of the tanginess (then rinses it before serving). Maybe that would help.

Also, my dad recently started grilling pineapples. Baste with butter and salt as the cook...OMG it's so good!

GiblinGirl from New Jersey on February 06, 2013:

Yum, my mouth is watering already.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 06, 2013:

My daughter will only eat one or two of these fruits, but I am trying really hard to get her to eat more. Thanks for reading CarNoobz.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 06, 2013:

Gypsy48 - I do like to have fruit in the morning too. It seems to perk up my day and like you, I tend to forget about fruit later in the day. Thanks for commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 06, 2013:

GoodLady - Thank you so much for your support and I am glad you enjoyed the hub. I bet that fruit is really delicious and sometimes it is worth it to splurge a little on a special treat.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 06, 2013:

I always appreciate your support Bill. I hope Bev enjoys it. Thanks!

CarNoobz from USA on February 06, 2013:

I love fruit salads on a hot day. So cool and refreshing, sweet and delicious. That's about the only kind of salad I can get my kids to love lol

Gypsy48 on February 06, 2013:

A great way to start your day with this nutritious colorful fruit salad. I try to eat fruit in the morning as I tend to forget about it later in the day. Voted up and thanks for sharing:)

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on February 06, 2013:

This is wonderful and so full of extra information. Love it all. Rome there's a terrific tropical fruits stand where the fruits come by boat from their foreign lands (and not by air). It costs a ton to buy the fruit, but the it is so amazing.

Pinned this and voting and sharing.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 06, 2013:

You lost me on this one my friend, but I can still support you. I'll give this to Bev because I know she will love it. I'm just not much of a fruit eater. :)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 06, 2013:

I appreciate all of the support and I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. I had some of this for breakfast this morning! That is my favorite perk of writing recipes.

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on February 06, 2013:

Tasty and nutritious! I'm definitely going to have to try this. Voted up and shared!

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