Tropical Fruit Salad
Most people associate fruit salad with dessert. At least I do anyways. Very seldom is fruit salad thought as a salad. Yes there are salads made in many variations with some fruit embedded in it. A while ago, I was eating out at a cafe with an old acquaintance. When she ordered fruit salad, she was shocked when the waiter asked her which dressing she would like to go along with it. Dressing for a fruit salad doesn’t seem as unusual as it sounds. I made fruit salad dressings using yogurt, honey, and a bit of lemon juice. For this tropical fruit salad recipe, I decided that a salad dressing wouldn’t be necessary. And yes, eating cut up assorted fruit is much more preferred as a dessert to me. Fruit is a healthy alternative to satisfy your cravings for sweet things and appease your sweet tooth. I’m always delighted when tropical fruit is in season.
Made from cantaloupe, pineapple, mango, peaches, and cherries, this tropical fruit salad is refreshing, zingy and perfect for a hot summer day. You don’t have to travel very far to enjoy a taste of tropical paradise. Combined with a mixture of local and tropical fruit, this tropical fruit salad makes a great big bowl, big enough to feed a crowd so it’s perfect to bring to a picnic, potluck or to serve at a backyard BBQ. This is easy enough for anyone to make – if you can use a knife, you can make this salad. You can choose from your own combination of fruit for this easy fresh fruit salad. Feel free to add papaya, starfruit, kiwis, melon, bananas, coconut shavings or other berries if you find any. If making it for a party, you should consider serving your fruit salad in a pineapple or watermelon boat. Layer them in a wine or tequila glass for a touch of elegance. Or just casually serve it out of a salad bowl. Simplicity is one of my strong points after all.
For this recipe, you will need:
- 1 pineapple cut into chunks
- 1 lbs of cantaloupe cut into cubes
- 1 cup of fresh mango cubed
- 4 ripe peaches sliced
- Bunch of fresh cherries (there is no such thing as too many cherries)
Place all the fresh fruit in a mixing bowl. Toss in some dressing if you prefer. Garnish with coconut flakes if you choose to. Serve at once.
Yields 6 to 8 servings