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Refreshing Year-Round Tropical Fruit Salad

Updated on June 13, 2016
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Margaret has a passion for cooking, baking and creating recipes to satisfy her cravings for delicious, indulgent and sometimes healthy food.

Fresh Tropical Fruit Salad Recipe you can make all year long!
Fresh Tropical Fruit Salad Recipe you can make all year long! | Source

A Fresh, Healthy Tropical Fruit Salad That's Always In Season!

This quick, easy and delicious tropical fruit salad combines fresh mango, kiwi, some unsweetened coconut shreds and a squeeze of fresh lime for a taste of the tropics with fresh berries and a clementine for a sweet taste of home. If clementines aren't in season, substitute a seedless mandarin orange or satsuma or remove the seeds from a tangerine, tangelo or Honeybell. If none of these is in season, just substitute the sweetest variety of orange you can find, remove the seeds, and cut the slices in half if they're too big.

This refreshing fruit salad is made with fruits that are widely available any time of year. It's a wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving dinner menu, either as a side dish or in addition to the traditional pumpkin or pecan pie for dessert. It's also the perfect thing to make right after Thanksgiving, when most people are trying to eat lighter and healthier foods after having stuffed themselves with turkey, dressing and all the trimmings.

Inspired By a Vacation in Montego Bay, Jamaica

I was inspired to whip up this year-round tropical fruit salad recipe after my husband and I returned from a vacation in Montego Bay, Jamaica. We happily savored all the luscious tropical fruits during our stay, especially the mouthwatering fresh mango and papaya. But I also missed the fresh strawberries and blueberries we often enjoy at home and I wanted to use mostly fresh fruits that were available here throughout the year.

That's what inspired me to come up with this delicious, refreshing tropical fruit salad recipe that can be made year-round.

A Healthy, Delicious Fresh Fruit Dessert, Breakfast or Snack

We have been changing our diet to focus more on fresh, nutritious recipes featuring mostly whole foods and more raw foods. I use organic produce as much as possible, especially berries. Sometimes I add a teaspoon of unrefined coconut sugar, depending on the sweetness of the berries; feel free to leave it out if you prefer. The unsweetened coconut shreds also may be omitted if you want, but they add great tropical flavor and extra fiber.

You can throw together this simple, healthy fruit salad in just minutes. It's packed with fiber, vitamins and antioxidants and doesn't require any cooking - a boon during the hot summer months! It makes a cool and refreshing summer treat for dessert, a quick and delicious lunch topped with some yogurt and/or nuts, and a yummy, low-calorie snack any time.

Enjoy!

Year Round Tropical Fruit Salad Recipe

Doesn't this bowl of colorful, fresh tropical fruit salad look inviting? Try my year-round recipe!
Doesn't this bowl of colorful, fresh tropical fruit salad look inviting? Try my year-round recipe! | Source
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 lime, heavy and thin-skinned
  • 1 tsp. unrefined coconut sugar, preferably organic, (optional)
  • 1 mango
  • 1 or 2 kiwi fruit
  • 1 clementine, mandarin orange or satsuma, small, seedless, sweet and juicy
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup blueberries, fresh
  • 6 to 8 fresh strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp. shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • Plain, vanilla or fruit yogurt, (optional)

Instructions

  1. Roll the lime back and forth against the counter, using firm pressure. Cut it in half, then ream or squeeze the juice into a mixing bowl. Juice the entire lime if it is small, or juice half if it is large.
  2. Stir in the coconut sugar, if using.
  3. Peel the mango and separate the flesh from both sides of the large, flat pit. A mango splitter is a big help! Slice both halves of the flesh lengthwise, then halve those slices crosswise. Add to bowl and stir gently into the lime juice-sugar mixture.
  4. Peel the kiwi fruit. Trim the ends, then slice the fruit and cut the slices in half. Add to bowl and stir gently.
  5. Peel the clementine and remove the excess bitter pith. Separate into sections and add to bowl. Stir gently to mix.
  6. Wash, drain and dry the blueberries and add to mixing bowl.
  7. Wash, drain, dry and stem the strawberries. Slice lengthwise and add to bowl.
  8. Fold the berries gently into the mixture. Cover the bowl and let sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes. Stir again and chill, if desired.
  9. When ready to serve, sprinkle the unsweetened coconut shreds over the fruit salad, stir it in gently, and divide between two individual serving bowls. Serve as is or topped with a dollop of yogurt.

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Estimated Nutrition Data for Year-Round Tropical Fruit Salad

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/2 recipe
Calories 239
Calories from Fat81
% Daily Value *
Fat 9 g14%
Saturated fat 7 g35%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 44 g15%
Sugar 31 g
Fiber 8 g32%
Protein 3 g6%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Note: Estimated nutrition data calculated using tools on the SELFNutritionData site.

Kitchen Tools to Make Preparing Fruit Salad Quick and Easy

You can use a sharp paring knife to cut mangoes or hull strawberries, but these kitchen gadgets will save you time and minimize frustration when you're struggling with a slippery mango or hulling a large number of strawberries. And you'll get much more juice from your citrus fruits with the terrific citrus juicer that I use all the time.

A Mango Cutter Makes a Difficult Job Much Easier

If you've ever struggled to remove the flesh of a mango from its large, tenacious pit using a kitchen knife, you know how hard a task it is to separate the flesh without mangling it (not to mention being tempted to use bad language).

If you love eating fresh mangoes, do yourself a favor and get a good-quality mango splitter like the MagiKüchen mango cutter. This tool makes the job so much quicker and easier than using a knife, and it's sturdy and dishwasher safe. You may not need to prepare fresh mangoes often, but when you do you'll be very glad you decided to buy this helpful kitchen gadget!

Although the following video shows an OXO Good Grips Mango Splitter, the tools from both companies work the same way.

How to Cut a Mango With the OXO Good Grips Mango Splitter

Get a Lot More Juice From Your Limes and Lemons With This High Quality, Stainless Steel, Manual Ciitrus Juicer

After many years of being dissatisfied with both my manual citrus reamer and my old electric citrus juicer, I did extensive research to find a sturdy and effective manual citrus juicer. I wanted one that was designed to work with any size lemon or lime, would strain out the pulp and seeds, was dishwasher safe and durable enough to last for decades.

The only manual citrus juicer I found that met all those requirements was the commercial-grade stainless steel citrus juicer from Innovee Home.

I had never heard of the company before and was skeptical of the very promotional appearance of the Amazon product page, It also cost more than most of the other citrus squeezers I was considering. But after considering the dozens of 5-star reviews, the 100% satisfaction guarantee and the lifetime guarantee I decided to order it and put it through its paces,

This impressive commercial quality manual citrus juicer managed to extract a substantial amount of juice from a couple of small, hard, shriveled organic limes that had been sitting in the refrigerator for several weeks. I added my own 5-star review on Amazon and recommend this juicer highly.

Not Your Mother's Strawberry Huller

There's nothing like a sweet, juicy strawberry! But hulling strawberries with a paring knife is a tedious and time consuming job.

I love kitchen gadgets and tried several different strawberry hullers of the years, but none of them worked well and I gave up on them years ago.

Unlike those old models, the Chef'n Stem Gem Strawberry Huller makes it quick and easily to hull an entire pint or quart of berries in a fraction of the time it would take by hand!

Some of My Other Healthy Recipes You Might Enjoy

I'm constantly experimenting with ways to adapt our favorite recipes to make them healthier and more nutritious without sacrificing any flavor and coming up with my own original delicious healthy recipes so we can eat well in every sense of the word.

Here are a few of my other favorite healthy recipes that I've either modified or developed myself. Bon appétit — or as Food Network star Alton Brown would say, "good eats!"

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks very much, Sylvestermouse! The tropical fruits we ate during our vacation really gave me a craving for more once we returned, and I love being able to enjoy a healthy, delicious taste of the tropics any time of year. :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 2 years ago from United States

      I love tropical fruit salad and your recipe sounds easy and delicious!

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Ann, so glad you like my tropical fruit salad recipe! I'd be surprised if you couldn't get coconut sugar (AKA coconut palm sugar or coco sugar) in the UK. But if not, you could substitute a little brown sugar. Enjoy!

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      Ann 2 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      I wonder if we can get coconut sugar over here - looks wonderful - my mouth is watering. pinned

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks very much, Cheryl! Much appreciated. I hope you and your family enjoy this fruit salad recipe as much as my husband and I do.

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      Cheryl Paton 2 years ago from West Virginia

      This fruit salad looks absolutely delicious. I'll be pinning it to my recipe board so that I can refer to it.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Barbara, I'd love to! Let me go find my passport. ;)

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      could you come over and we'll have a bowl of this together? lol, YUM!

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      @PromptWriter: Me too, BigGirlBlue! They're so darn slippery. And OXO Good Grips products are great! Glad you enjoyed my tropical fruit salad recipe. :)

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      Moe Wood 2 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      OMG, I never knew there was such a thing as a mango splitter. I hate cutting them up.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Seasons Greetings: You'd be surprised at how much they've changed over the years! The old one I finally threw out was sort of like a clumsy pair of tweezers with large, flat, round tips rather than pointed ones and it was useless. This one works a treat!

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Ibidii: Thanks, Sherry! Glad you like it. :)

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Elsie Hagley: Thanks, kiwinana71! I've tried the microwave tip, too and know it works - I just find the rolling method faster and I tend to be a bit impatient. ;)

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      Laura Brown 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've never used a huller but it looks interesting.

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      Ibidii 2 years ago

      Nom Nom Margaret!

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Very nice, would love a dish of it now even if it is winter in NZ. Tip - zap the lime in the microwave for about 5 seconds and it will squeeze easy.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      @ecogranny: Thanks very much, Graceonline! We love shredded coconut, and it's a perfect foil for fresh fruits, especially tropical fruits. If you get a chance to try this tropical fruit salad I'd love to know how you like it!

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      We love berries and fruits in our salads, but I don't believe I've ever thought of using shredded coconut on them. What a good idea! Another visually appealing recipe, and I can almost feel those textures and taste the flavors!

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      @mbgphoto: Thanks, Mary Beth! I hope you all enjoy it. :)

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      Mary Beth Granger 2 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I think I will make this for company tomorrow. Thanks for a brest idea.

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