How to Make a Beautiful Exotic Fruit Salad (great for a party!)

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  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 large bowl of fruit salad
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This beautiful fruit salad is like a lighter form of fruit cocktail - just a tad creamy, but still allowing the exquisite taste of the fruit to come shining through. It's made with a mouth-watering assortment of tropical and local fruit for the most divine fruit salad ever. Great for everyday eating as well as serving company (see my party tips!). And it's really easy to make - just get your fruit together, ask a friend or family to help you slice up the fruit, and you'll be enjoying this tropical wonder in no time. Healthy, beautiful, and oh so scrumptious, this exotic fruit salad will have you forgetting about any other dessert - and you'll still crave it again tomorrow!

What You'll Need

  • 2 fresh ripe mangos (see link for buying/cutting tips)
  • 2 cups pineapple chunks, fresh or canned (for  fresh pineapple tips, see  How to Prepare Fresh Pineapple)
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1-2 cups  fresh papaya, sliced into cubes
  • kiwi fruit, sliced into cubes
  • dragon fruit (see link for buying/prep. tips), OR substitute 1 pear, sliced into cubes
  • 2 cups fresh red seedless grapes, sliced in half
  • Optional: handful fresh raspberries (or strawberries or dried cranberries for contrasting color)
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp. freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 3-4 tbsp. sugar (white, depending on the sweetness/ripeness of your fruit)

How to Make It

  1. Slice up all the fruit - except the contrasting red fruit (raspberries, strawberries, or dried cranberries) - and place in a mixing bowl.
  2. Drizzle over the lime juice and gently stir to combine. Then sprinkle over the sugar, stirring to combine. Set in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or until you plan on serving your salad.
  3. Before serving, pour over the coconut milk and stir once again. Taste-test the salad for sweetness, adding more sugar if desired. If too sweet for your taste, squeeze over some more lime juice. Portion up into bowls and top with some of the red contrasting fruit - raspberries, strawberries or dried cranberries (the latter are very nice for Christmas). ENJOY!

    Party Tips

    This salad is beautiful for a party served in martini glasses (as shown). It's also easy and delicious made ahead of time, as the fruit needs time to absorb the sugar and lime juice, making it taste even better (you can make it up to 8 hours in advance, then place covered in the refrigerator). Just hold off adding the coconut milk until guests arrive, then pour it over and give another gentle stir and taste-test. Also delicious topped with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, or a drizzle of Grand Marnier, coconut rum, or other liqueur of your choice. Cheers!