Dragon Fruit Salad Recipe
Colorful Dragon Fruit Salad with Mint & Lime
How to Make a Fruit Salad with Dragon Fruit, Melon, Kiwi, Blueberries & Pomegranate
This colorful dragon fruit salad recipe is so sweet and refreshing—the perfect dish for summertime or a group gathering! Using a melon baller to cut some of the fruit adds fun shape and texture, while the fresh mint and lime juice tie all those fruity flavors together. Today I’m sharing how to make a fruit salad with dragon fruit, melon, kiwi, blueberries, and pomegranate.
Of course, the beauty of any fruit salad is that you can choose and adjust the ingredients in it. Use whichever fruits you like! I just came across dragon fruit in the grocery store—a somewhat rare find—and I was excited to use it in some way. We eat with our eyes first, and all of the gorgeous colors, shapes, and textures in this healthy dragon fruit salad make it all the more appealing!
What does dragon fruit taste like and look like?
Though dragon fruit may look strange at first glance, it tastes similar to some other fruits. To me, it’s like a subtly sweet hybrid between a kiwi and a pear. The texture is soft and tender with small seeds, like a kiwi, while the flavor is similarly sweet like a pear with the tang of a kiwi—though more muted.
Dragon fruit is a tropical fruit that’s native to Mexico and Central America, and it’s long been cultivated in parts of Southeast Asia. On the outside, it looks like a pink oval with lovely green whisps flaring outward. When it’s ripe, it will be somewhat soft to the touch but not mushy. Like a ripe avocado, it should give a little when you press on it. Inside, the fruit itself is white—sometimes bright magenta—with loads of black seeds.
Which color dragon fruit is best?
Both white and red dragon fruit (as they’re called) are tasty! In my opinion, white dragon fruit tends to have a more subtle, muted flavor. Red dragon fruit has been more flavorful and sweeter in my experience—when I’m able to find it! Unfortunately, it can be hard to tell which variety you’re buying when buying dragon fruit whole, rather than pre-cut.
How to Make Fruit Salad with Dragon Fruit
Making this dragon fruit salad is as simple as ever. Simply cut fruit to your desired size, toss with a squeeze of citrus, some fresh mint, and a pinch of salt, and serve! I used a melon baller to make this fruit salad with dragon fruit, watermelon, and cantaloupe, but this is optional. Personally, I think the melon baller adds some fun shape and texture, but you can also just chop your melon and dragon fruit into cubes!
What fruit goes well with dragon fruit?
Personally, I decided to make this dragon fruit salad with a whole rainbow array of different fruits! Of course, there are loads of similarly sweet and tangy fruits to pair with dragon fruit as well:
- watermelon & cantaloupe
- pomegranate arils
To see how this dragon fruit salad recipe is made, check out my Uncrustables Bento Box Lunches video!
Colorful Dragon Fruit Salad Recipe
Dragon Fruit Salad
- 1 cup watermelon balls
- 1 cup cantaloupe balls
- 1 cup dragon fruit balls
- ½ cup kiwi, cubed
- 1 cup blueberries
- ½ cup pomegranate seeds
- 2 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
- 1 lime, juice & zest
- salt, to taste
- Scoop desired fruits into balls, or chop into cubes.
- Add all fruit to a large bowl or serving dish. Toss together with fresh mint, lime juice and zest, and a pinch of salt.
- Mix well to integrate, serve, and enjoy!
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Yields ~5 cups fruit salad.