Tropical Fruit Salad

This Tropical Fruit Salad is easier to achieve than you would think. I found pink pineapple and dragon fruit (pitaya) at my local Ralphs. I like to make something like this to mix up the fruit in my diet. If you haven’t tried dragon fruit, I highly recommend it. It is sweet and subtly earthy, with a texture reminiscent of kiwi. Its gentle taste provides a perfect counterpoint to the vibrant tanginess of the pink pineapple, which is sweeter and more aromatic than its yellow counterpart. The papaya, with its buttery texture, is like a soft embrace that melds the flavors together, offering a creaminess that balances out the zest and sweetness of the other fruits. This is an easy and delicious salad that will delight you, your family, and friends!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 113 kcal


  • 1 Sauce Pan
  • 1 Sharp Knife







    • Cut up pineapple, mango, dragon fruit, and kiwi.
    • Scrape any pith (the white part) off the zest strips and discard. Combine the orange and lemon zest, vanilla bean, mint, orange juice, and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Turn to low and let simmer for 15 minutes or until you have 1/2 cup of liquid. Remove from the heat and let stand for at least 2 hours. Strain.

    Step 2

    • Stir the fruit into the syrup and refrigerate for an hour. Garnish with a mint sprig.


    You can eat this salad as is or use it as a topping for granola, yogurt, or smoothie bowls. You could enjoy it with ice cream or serve it with grilled chicken or fish.


    Calories: 113kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 25mgPotassium: 275mgFiber: 4gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 967IUVitamin C: 89mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mg
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    1. MargaretGH

      This is beautiful. How did you get the pineapple that pink color?

    2. Kylie

      This was easy to make and delicious. I made this as a side to a Mother’s Day brunch. I added in oranges and it was great. Thank you!

    3. RobertAwasy

      Delicious and beautiful. My guests enjoyed every bite and thought it was beautiful!

    4. GalenB

      This fruit salad was a home run. The freshness of every component made each bite feel like a splash of cool water on a hot summer day. While the fruits themselves were undeniably the stars of the show, I couldn’t help but appreciate the delicate hint of mint and orange juice that adorned the top, elevating the salad to new heights.

    5. Choxy

      This tropical fruit salad is a masterclass in flavor balancing and aesthetic appeal. Perfect for summer picnics or as a refreshing palate cleanser after a hearty meal, it embodies the essence of tropical getaways and leaves an impression long after the last bite. Highly recommended for anyone looking to experience a burst of tropical sunshine on their plate.

    6. Sarah Temms

      I love all your recipes! Thanks!!

    7. Isaiahbiona

      This is one of my favorite recipes. I prepared it for 30 guests last week. They loved it so much, they kept coming back for more. We are in a great season to get fruits. I live in Central California, all exotic items, such as dragon fruit and pink pineapple, were easy to find. You could never go wrong with this recipe. It’s a win-win.

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