Simple Tropical Fruit Salad
Do you feel like a bit of a change to a classical fruit salad? Try this Tropical Fruit salad macerated in smooth coconut milk and pineapple juice and filled with lovely colours! A sweet breakfast or light dessert for the whole family!
Don’t we all love a fresh, light and colourful fruit salad? Try this Tropical Fruit Salad version with coconut milk and tropical fruits; it is perfect for making ahead of time to let the flavours merge to perfection! A winner for a kid’s birthday party, potluck, snack, dessert or breakfast. Fantastic paired with cottage cheese, yogurt or nothing at all.
The Kaffir Lime
Kaffir lime or Makrut leaves are fantastic for giving a citric aroma and taste to anything without acidity. The leaf worked like a bay leaf; add one, and you’ll enjoy this lime flavour in your dish. It’s usually used in curries; you’ll find them frozen in Asian Markets. I recommend it, but it’s optional!
Coconut Milk or Cream?
I would always recommend milk because it usually doesn’t sweeten the milk, but the cream they often do. This bowl will be filled with the natural sugars from the fruits, so no more sugar is needed. Plus, the coconut milk will smooth out the acidity of the fruits, making the perfect balance for this dish! Also, coconut milk isn’t like cow milk; it doesn’t curdle with an acidic liquid, making it ideal for this fruit salad!
You might have seen two fruits that aren’t ‘Tropical’ per se. The two intruders, strawberries and blueberries, still work wonders with coconut milk and add lovely colours, flavours and textures to the salad, so why not? I haven’t used bananas because they don’t hold up for long in liquid, and no pineapple because many kids have trouble with the spicy side of them. But I’ve used pineapple juice to bring in some extra Tropical flavour.
Fruit Salad generally has a lifespan of 5 days maximum in the fridge if the fruits are correctly cleaned, manipulated, and put in an air-tight container. Although, the prime time for this salad would be 12 to 24 hours of maceration. To let the kaffir lime and all the fruits give their best and merge, you need a bit of time.
Other Fruity Bites
- 200 ml coconut milk
- 250 ml pineapple juice
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 mango
- 1 small papaya
- 3 kiwis
- 10 strawberries
- 1 kaffir lime leaf optional
- ½ lime juice optional
- Cut all the fruits into small cubes, and add to a big bowl.
- Add the kaffir lime, lime juice, coconut milk and pineapple juice, and mix.
- Add a pinch of salt, cover and let macerate in the fridge for a few hours.