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
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?
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.
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
Dragon fruit salad with blueberries and tangerines.
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
- Peel and dice one ripe red dragon fruit into 1-inch cubes.
Peel and segment one ripe mandarin orange.
Squeeze lime juice.
Peel and dice one kiwi into 1/2 inch. cubes.
Add all ingredients to a large bowl fold in kosher salt.
Fold together until incorporated.
- Refrigerate for five minutes and serve.