½ pineapple, cored and cut into cubes
1 Hawaiian Papaya, seed and skinned, cut into cubes or melon balls
1 Dragon fruit, skin removed and flesh cut into cubes
½ Star fruit, sliced
½ Cup raspberries
½ Cup jumbo blueberries
½ Cup blackberries
2 Limes, zested and juiced
2 Tbsp. honey
NOTE: I had been shopping at Sprouts Market here in California and came across a very large assortment of exotic fruits. Although I knew of all of them, I hadn’t tried many of them. I bought one of everything and started playing with them. First, I tasted them all (that was fun). Than, I knew there was going to be several cocktails (some of the colors were fabulous and were just screaming for me to turn them into a cocktail!) Check out my Star Fruit Cocktail and the Kiwano Cocktail recipes.
I made a salsa and a few dips but I knew I wanted to pull together a tropical exotic fruit salad and this is the result. Many of the fruits are mild in flavor so I added berries to add a little sweet and a little tart. (Not to mention, the colors were spectacular!) The honey lime dressing really balances the whole thing out. This would be great as a side dish with grilled fish or chicken.
You could use any of your favorite fruits in this salad but adding some unique items that people don’t eat everyday makes it special. Let’s face it, slicing up a star fruit adds a lot of drama to the the bowl. The hot pink from the dragon fruit catches your eye right a way and all the berries add bits of color through out. Use fruits in seasons and add any of your favorites. This is a classic for a reason.
If you like this sald, be sure to try my Citrus Salad and my All Green Fruit & Veggie Salad. Both make the most of in-season fruits and veggies and both look spectacular on any buffet or picnic table. Enjoy!