Easy Thai Fruit Salad Recipe

Tropical Fruit Salad (Served here in a Pineapple)
Tropical Fruit Salad (Served here in a Pineapple). Taken by D.Schmidt for About.com (Copyright)
    15 min
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This beautiful Thai fruit salad recipe is a taste of paradise. Tropical fruit is tossed together in a sweet coconut-lime fruit salad dressing that enhances but never overwhelms the luscious taste of the fruit. You can also make it with a combination of tropical and local fruit.

Choose your own combination of fruit for this easy, fresh fruit salad. If you are making it for a party, consider serving your fruit salad in a pineapple boat for a great presentation that will have the other guests envious. Some tropical fruit, such as star fruit, add an extra visual punch.​

What You'll Need

  • Fruit: choose your own assortment depending on what's in season where you live. These are suggestions and amounts that will produce a large fruit salad.
  • 1 cup fresh (or canned or frozen) pineapple cubes
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 cup mango, peeled and cubed (use frozen if fresh, ripe mangoes are unavailable)
  • 1 cup lychee fruit (if using canned, discard the liquid)
  • 1 star fruit, peeled and sliced
  • 1-2 cups strawberries
  • DRESSING:
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 2-3 Tablespoons sugar, to taste

How to Make It

  1. Stir the Dressing ingredients (coconut milk, lime juice, sugar) together in a cup until sugar dissolves.
  2. Place all fresh fruit in a mixing bowl.  Pour the dressing over the fruit and toss well to mix.
  3. Pour or scoop the fruit salad into a serving bowl, or into a carved-out pineapple. For instructions, see: how to make a pineapple boat.
  4. Garnish just before serving with a star fruit slice.
  5. Refrigerate if you are not serving immediately.

Star Fruit Tip: 

To keep starfruit from going brown after slicing, simply drizzle it with some fresh lime or lemon juice.

Tropical Fruit Preparation Tips

Have you ever browsed the produce at an Asian or international market and longed to try some of the exotic tropical fruit? You may have been intimidated because you didn't know how to prepare them. You didn't want to get caught trying to eat the inedible skin or mangling a fruit because you didn't know how to peel and seed it. As a result, you paid extra for pre-cut fruit that might not have been at its peak flavor. For tips and instructions on how to prepare more tropical fruit, see: