Tropical Fruit Salad with Coconut and Lime
Tropical Fruit Salad with Coconut and Lime is a delicious blend of tropical fruit tossed with fresh lime juice and coconut flakes with no added sugar!
T-minus 3 days and my boys are back in school! I know it’s early, but they did get out before Memorial Day. Surprisingly, it does feel like summer break was long enough, and I am looking forward to getting back into a routine as hectic as it’s going to be.
My boys may be going back to school, but I’m still in summer mode. My garden is cranking out cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, basil and so much more, so you won’t find me posting any fall inspired food just yet.
I’m determined to savor the last full month of summer, and this Tropical Fruit Salad with Coconut and Lime is one of the ways that I intend to do it. 🙂
Tropical Fruit Salad with Coconut and Lime
I’m not getting away on a tropical vacation this year, so I’m bringing those flavors home with this tropical fruit salad.
One of my favorite vacation spots is Maui. Every morning when I’m there I eat fresh pineapple and papaya with lime and it’s nothing short of heaven. I’ve taken this fruit salad further by adding mango, banana and kiwi with some crunchy coconut flakes.
This tropical fruit salad with coconut is so refreshing and is waaaayyy better than that canned tropical fruit salad. There’s no comparison, and there’s no added sugar!
In my opinion, fruit salad doesn’t need any sugar to be absolutely delicious. If your fruit is perfectly ripe, it’s already sweet enough on its own.
It’s easy to tell when mangos, bananas, kiwi and papaya are ripe because they’re soft when pressed with your finger.
Determining whether a pineapple is ripe is a little more difficult. Normally, unripe pineapple is green and a ripe one is more yellow in color.
I’ve found that the easiest way to find a ripe pineapple is by smelling it. I pick up pineapples and smell them in order to choose the best one, and I’m not ashamed to admit it because it works. 🙂
If your fruit isn’t entirely ripe, let it sit out on the counter for a few days until it is. The more ripe it is, the sweeter it is!
This Tropical Fruit Salad with Coconut and Lime is full of the sweetest, ripest fruit, and the lime juice brought those flavors out even more. It’s so sunny and fresh tasting….who needs palm trees?
Palm trees would definitely be a bonus, but this tropical fruit salad has more tropical flair with the addition of coconut flakes. It’s not tropical without coconut in my opinion, and I love the crunch that it adds to this salad!
Recipe Tips and Substitutions
This fruit salad is best served the day that it’s made. The banana browns quickly and the salad becomes mushy fast once it’s tossed together, so serve immediately.
If you want to make this in advance, prep all the fruit except for the banana a few hours ahead of time and store in separate containers, then toss together just before serving time.
My favorite papaya for this recipe is Hawaiian papaya or strawberry papaya. They’re both the perfect size (about 6″ long), and are so sweet and delicious.
If you’re not a fan of coconut, simply omit it.
The lime juice may be substituted for orange, and you can always leave out any fruits that you desire.
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- 2 cups fresh pineapple (about half a pineapple), cut into chunks
- 2 mangos, peeled and cut into chunks
- 1 medium papaya, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks*
- 4 kiwi fruit, peeled and cut into chunks
- 2 medium bananas, peeled and sliced
- Juice of 2 limes
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- Place the fruit in a large bowl. Add the lime juice and toss gently to combine.
- Serve immediately topped with the coconut flakes and enjoy!
- This fruit salad is best served the day that it's made. The banana browns quickly and the salad becomes mushy fast once it's tossed together, so serve immediately.
- If you want to make this in advance, prep all the fruit except for the banana a few hours ahead of time and store in separate containers, then toss together just before serving time.
- My favorite papaya for this recipe is Hawaiian papaya or strawberry papaya. They're both the perfect size (about 6" long), and are so sweet and delicious.
- If you're not a fan of coconut, simply omit it.
- The lime juice may be substituted for orange, and you can always leave out any fruits that you desire.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 7gSugar: 35gProtein: 3g
Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.