Dragon Fruit Salad with Mandarin Oranges

A happy accidental salad with dragon fruit and mandarin oranges. See what you can find in your produce drawer.

Dragon Fruit Salad with mixed fruits

Dragon Fruit Salad

Sometimes I develop a recipe by sheer accident or because I bought the wrong ingredient. Last week we were making a dragon fruit smoothie and initially bought white dragon fruit when we really needed the red variety. The smoothie came out great, but we had an entire extra dragon fruit sitting around. So why not make a dragon fruit salad?

Dragon Fruit Salad Close Up

Fortunately, Katherine is a huge fan of kiwi, so there’s always a few in the fridge. You’ll quickly notice that dragon fruit and kiwi seeds are almost identical in texture and flavor, although they are indigenous to entirely different regions of the world. They have the same mild flavor and crunchy texture, and both add a nice element to the salad.

After scouring the fridge for other fruits, I added the blueberries because this batch was particularly sweet.

Dragon fruit tends to be very mild in flavor and barely sweet at all, so you can add sweeter fruits without fear of overwhelming your palate.

Dragon Fruit Salad with Blueberries and Tangerines

The mandarin oranges were the last addition. Besides adding a necessary burst of acidity, the bright orange against the deep blue blueberries is beautiful.

You’ll notice I added a bit of Kosher salt to salad at the end with a bit of lime juice. You can omit the salt if you’re monitoring your sodium intake, but the combination of the salt and lime juice heightens the natural flavors of the fruit and makes everything pop together.

Our happy accident made for a great impromptu salad and an empty produce drawer. And the bonus was the boys, and our “baby” girl demolished both plates, exposing them to a new fruit without hesitation. A win for good parenting!

Suggestions and Alternatives

  • Dragon fruit is a hit or miss item depending on where you live and what your market carries. If you come across the red variety, the salad works just as well.
  • Check out the dragon fruit smoothie, which can also work with the white variety.
  • For fun and to make your random salad, go to your fridge and pull out three to four fruits. Slice, dice, and toss with lime juice. Let us know how it turns out.

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Dragon Fruit Salad Recipe with Mandarin Oranges and Kiwis. Easy and fast to make.

Dragon Fruit Salad with mixed fruits
5 from 11 votes

Dragon Fruit Salad

Dragon fruit salad with blueberries and tangerines.

Course Salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 76 kcal


Ingredients for Dragon Fruit Salad

  • 1 white dragon fruit
  • 1 mandarin orange
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/2 pint blueberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 tbs. lime juice


Instructions for Dragon Fruit Salad

  1. Peel and dice one ripe red dragon fruit into 1-inch cubes.
  2. Peel and segment one ripe mandarin orange.

  3. Squeeze lime juice.

  4. Peel and dice one kiwi into 1/2 inch. cubes.

  5. Add all ingredients to a large bowl fold in kosher salt.

    Fold together until incorporated.

  6. Refrigerate for five minutes and serve.


  1. What a beautiful salad. I don’t normally eat dragon fruit, but this post is making me want to run out and get one!

  2. I eat dragon fruit twice and it’s been a long time. I must try this dragon fruit salad, it looks delicious and fantastic!!

  3. I love fruit salads and it’s always nice to add fruits like dragon fruit to make it even more refreshing! I’ve always liked dragon fruit for its taste and its texture as well! This recipe is a must try!

  4. Yum, this fruit salad looks so good. I haven’t had dragonfruit and have no clue where to buy it around here. I will have to try a specialty grocery store like whole foods. I have always been curious what they taste like.

  5. I’m a huge fan of fruit salads and this one looks amazing. I like to shake it up a bit at home from time to time by adding exotic fruits we don’t usually get. Dragon fruit would be perfect.

  6. Yum! I’d only eaten Dragon fruit once or twice until recently because we don’t grow them in NZ! But now that I’m living in Malaysia, tropical fruits like this are cheap and plentiful. I will definitely give this recipe a go?

  7. OH MY! I love this fruit salad especially with my favorite dragon fruit. You can actually try the red one red one is my favorite.

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