Make this delicious dragon fruit salad recipe and wow everyone! Using dragon fruit, strawberries, and pomegranate arils, it is a crowd-pleaser.
Dragon Fruit, Pitaya, or Strawberry Pear?
There are many names for this wonderful crunchy and sweet fruit. Dragon fruit recipes, pitaya recipes, and even strawberry recipe searches will yield pretty impressive results.
The fruit comes in either red or white flesh and is dotted to produce a truly impressive fruit salad. It’s easy to choose – the skin should be bright and the fruit, when lightly squeezed, should give a little.
We think it tastes best when cold, so before we make a dragon fruit salad, we like to put it in the refrigerator.
Other Pitaya Fruit Recipes (Dragon Fruit Recipes)
We are lucky enough to have a very large Asian market near us in Seattle, so we are usually able to pick up dragon fruit pretty easily. We’ve made a few recipes with dragon fruit and our favorites are:
Dragon Fruit Salsa
We served this with a white fish and tortillas chips and it was fabulous! Dice up dragon fruit, pineapple (or mango, not both), white onion, corn, and add lime juice to taste.
Dragon Fruit Smoothie
A pitaya fruit smoothie is one of our favorite ways to enjoy this fun fruit. It’s just 1/2 a banana, 1/8 cup pineapple, and 1/2 a dragon fruit with your preferred smoothie base. Don’t use too much pineapple or it will overpower the pitaya fruit.
Dragon Fruit Salad Ingredients
This pitaya fruit salad is very, very easy to make and would be a great “kids in the kitchen” recipe. The dragon fruit is soft, so allow your child to cut it with a butter knife. This recipe makes 4 servings.
- 1 dragon fruit (skin washed)
- 1/2 pound of fresh strawberries (washed and hulled)
- 2 ounces pomegranate arils
- 1-3 teaspoons lime juice, to taste (about half a small lime)
- mint, optional as garnish
How to Make a Dragon Fruit Salad
- Cut the dragon fruit lengthwise. Discard the stem (it will have a core easily discernable). If the fruit is ripe, you can simply pull back the skin and it will come off. Slice the dragon fruit into small chunks.
- Cut up the strawberries into similarly-sized chunks.
- Add the dragon fruit, strawberries, and pomegranate arils to a bowl. Stir in the lime juice (to taste).
- Serve immediately.
Over to You
Have you ever tried dragon fruit or showed your kids the inside of a pitaya? Let us know in the comments what their reactions were. My daughter’s eyes were HUGE!