Tropical fruit salad is made all the better with a little glaze that wakes up the salad and makes it come together. An easy recipe that will make you the hero of any gathering

Tropical Fruit Salad

June 3, 2014 by Michelle

Summer is here, and that means that I’m either heading to or hosting barbecues all the time. Whether I’m the guest or the host, I’m definitely cooking and sharing food. Or at least attempting to. It’s possible that for Memorial Day, I did forget to bring my homemade marshmallow fluff for the s’mores stuffed strawberries I was planning to make, but fortunately they were still good without it – and I had brought some butterscotch blondies and vanilla pudding (with strawberry lemonade preserves and blueberries), so it wasn’t like we had nothing to eat for dessert. This weekend, I was all about the salads.

Since my friend was planning to make a seafood paella and a lemon marinated chicken, I decided to go with a similar theme and made a tropical fruit salad. Everyone likes fruit salad, but I jazzed this one up with a little glaze that woke the fruit up just a little bit and made it more unique than just throwing some fruit together. It wasn’t something to take over the fruit salad, but it gave it a little more tropical feel, and I was happy with how successful it was.

Tropical fruit salad is made all the better with a little glaze that wakes up the salad and makes it come together. An easy recipe that will make you the hero of any gathering

Now granted, blueberries aren’t really tropical. But… they’re coming in season and I love the color that they and the strawberries add to the salad. they go well in it, but feel free to have fun and make this your own. Use kiwi instead, or add papaya. It’s your salad – make it the way you want!

Not surprisingly, the salad is completely gone. One thing I did that I’m happy about was that I used bananas that were fairly unripe, which seems counterintuitive. Bananas ripen so fast, and it’s so easy for them to get mushy, that knowing they would be sitting in a bowl of other fruit, I wanted to make sure they didn’t ruin the salad. Too often, I’ve had fruit salad that has been overtaken by bananas that have become overripe while sitting in the salad. And yep, this worked perfectly because the banana did ripen in the salad without become too sweet or too soft. Definitely go with the bananas that are more green than you’d expect to use.

This is such an easy recipe because it comes together so quickly. You choose the fruit, and scale it up or down to your needs, and toss it all together. Like all fruit salads, the sooner you eat this after making it, the better, but it has staying power if you make it in the morning and are eating it that night. After that, the fruit gets softer so doesn’t look as pretty, but it still tastes good. That puts it firmly in the camp of serve to family, not company type food.

Best of all? If you’re anything like me, this is a salad you can whip up simply with ingredients you have sitting on your counter. Win, win!

Ingredients to make your tropical fruit salad may be sitting on your counter already

Tropical Fruit Salad

Ingredients:
2 c pineapple
2 mangoes
1 banana (mostly green)
3/4 c blueberries
1 c strawberries
1/4 c honey
1 lime
1/2 t cinnamon

Directions:
Wash and dry your strawberries and blueberries well. You want them fully dry, which will help them retain their texture in the salad.

In a small saucepan, add the honey. Zest your lime into the honey and turn the heat on medium low. Juice the lime into the honey, and add the cinnamon. Heat just until the honey is thinned enough to incorporate the lime juice and cinnamon. Turn off the heat and let cool while you prepare your fruit.

Make a lime and honey glaze for your tropical fruit salad that really makes it something special

Peel your mangoes and slice them into good size chunks. Do the same for your pineapple. This will be about a quarter of a large or half of a smaller pineapple. Hull your strawberries and cut them into quarters lengthwise. Peel and slice your banana, and add all your ingredients into a bowl.

Prep your fruit then toss it in a bowl to make an amazing fruit salad

Add the cooled honey and lime mixture and toss gently to coat. Serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to four hours before serving.

Tropical Fruit Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Serves 6-8

Tropical Fruit Salad

An easy summer salad that has a light glaze that wakes up the fruit and helps make it just a little something special.

Ingredients

  • 2 c pineapple
  • 2 mangoes
  • 1 banana (mostly green)
  • 3/4 c blueberries
  • 1 c strawberries
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 t cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry your strawberries and blueberries well. You want them fully dry, which will help them retain their texture in the salad.
  2. In a small saucepan, add the honey. Zest your lime into the honey and turn the heat on medium low. Juice the lime into the honey, and add the cinnamon. Heat just until the honey is thinned enough to incorporate the lime juice and cinnamon. Turn off the heat and let cool while you prepare your fruit.
  3. Peel your mangoes and slice them into good size chunks. Do the same for your pineapple. This will be about a quarter of a large or half of a smaller pineapple. Hull your strawberries and cut them into quarters lengthwise. Peel and slice your banana, and add all your ingredients into a bowl.
  4. Add the cooled honey and lime mixture and toss gently to coat. Serve immediately, or refrigerate for up to four hours before serving.

Notes

This salad can easily be scaled up or down to suit your needs. When making it, use a fairly green banana, as it will ripen in the salad and using a more unripe banana will keep it from becoming overly sweet and mushy.

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  • Julie


    This recipe screams summer! I will definitely be trying this soon! Great recipe!

    • Michelle


      Thanks, Julie! It was so tasty, and we are planning to make it for any gathering where I’m assigned fruit! It was amazing how fast it disappeared 🙂 Thanks!

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