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Colorful Exotic Fruits Salad

Colorful Exotic Fruits Salad

Brrr. I certainly wasn’t expecting on my return from Los Angeles late last night (but in time to see Villanova make the final winning NCAA victory shot!) for it to be so cold.

Not that it’s hot in Los Angeles. And people oftentimes under- dress. Yes. One does need a sweater in early morning and evening in Los Angeles and layering is the key dress travel tip that I have shared for, um, well, about thirty-five years now. OK let’s say forty years.

Exotic Fruits

My lead- in story today completely detracts from the fact that I’m now re-writing this Post due to forgetting to schedule it for publishing before leaving for Las Vegas to visit my dear sister Carolyn, and fabulous brother-in-law, Roger, for a few brief days before heading to conference with the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) which was held in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles this year.

It was interesting to attend functions in the Dolby Theater, a place of certain significance being where the Oscars are held. Upon peeking onto the outer corridors a long red carpet had been rolled out onto the street side with upside down u-shaped exterior closures being busily draped with greens and florals readying for some upcoming grand event of stars on which count I was admittedly blissfully unaware of what was about to occur, along with having no intention of joining the street crowds for an impromptu selfie, a proving statement that I am a boomer rather than a millennial. Or, perhaps, it’s just my nature that being a star chaser has never been my thing.


Re-writing the script here does enable me to mention one of the sponsors of the IACP convention, Melissa’s Produce, who in fact, was the first ‘introducer’ if you will, to me even trying star fruit in the first place at a Philadelphia food event a few years back, enabling me now to share this salad combination with you today (no need to skin that star fruit, just rinse it and slice it.) Also, in fact, Melissa’s holds its own special category as a company responsible for introducing many new and unique produce items from throughout the world into the United States which in itself, involves a long and tedious process. When it comes to fruit, you can learn a lot just by visiting their website and their Instagram is really, really beautiful too.


Today’s Colorful Exotic Fruits Salad is particularly lovely for entertaining along with being quick and easy to put together. On its first appearance, I prepared it for a sort of catered affair for my father-in law and friends at his apartment some weeks ago, and given a cleared platter of these tasty fruits among the 80 plus crowd the group definitely scored high in having open minds trying and enjoying what were some unique, new flavors. Hint. Hint. Hope you give it a try too. Although there were a few comments on the spiciness of the chili, another hint, hint, you know who you are.

Since this Post was prepared prior to my trip I did provide labeled photos on each of these tasty fruits and beneath, their cut-up shapes so you can see how to cut them, an idea forged by a friend who shared she had only once experienced kiwi because she didn’t know how to prepare it. One of the many things I just love so much about food is no matter how much you know, the possibilities are endless, because there is always so much more to learn! Enjoy the fruits.

Exotic Fruits Salad
A colorful warm weather party dish. Salad matches well with a tray of grilled kabobs, also excellent with a Mexican style buffet.
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 2 mangoes, skinned, cubed
  2. 2 Ataulfo mangoes,
  3. 2-3 kiwi, skin removed, thinly sliced
  4. 2 star fruit, skin retained, thinly sliced
  5. 1 small red onion, peeled, halved, sliced into half moons
  6. 1/2 red pepper, seeded, chopped
  7. 1 jalapeno, seeded, chopped
  8. 1 handful, about 3 tablespoons, chopped fresh cilantro
  9. 1-2 cactus fruit, peeled, sliced (optional) kept apart from the other fruits, garnished on edges of tray to prevent color bleeding
Citrus Dressing
  1. juice of 2 1/2 oranges, seeded
  2. juice of 1 lime, seeded, strained
  3. pinch or two coarse kosher salt
  1. Mix together ingredients of Citrus Dressing. Gently combine fruit and vegetable ingredients except cactus fruit, stir through the dressing. Decoratively arrange fruit salad on a platter, tuck in sliced cactus fruit around edges. Serve straight away.
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  1. Meredith
    Posted April 6, 2016 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Peggy this fruit salad looks really beautiful. I would love to serve this at a party over the summer. It looks like it would match well with the grilled chicken skewers maybe another salad too like pasta?

    • Posted April 6, 2016 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

      Hi Meredith, great to see you. Thanks on the salad, I think it is so pretty too. Perfect with grilled chicken skewers which I prepared once, and another time I paired it with a Mexican fiesta at my father-in laws. Really it would work beautifully with most anything and on any buffet table.

  2. Joanne C.
    Posted April 6, 2016 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    Hi Peg. I second on the beauty of this salad. I’ve never cut up any of these fruits before except the kiwi but will give it a try. Never had star fruit but look forward to trying it.

    • Posted April 6, 2016 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

      Hi Joanne, thanks so much and for stopping by! So excited for you to prep the fruits and give them a try. Funny on the kiwi though, for it was someone we mutually know who picked the kiwi as a fruit they have never prepared for lack of knowing what to do with it. Once you learn… you can forever enjoy! Have fun!

  3. Posted April 7, 2016 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    What a beautiful salad, Peggy. Pinning this to try this summer! It certainly has me pining for warmer weather. We’re still under a fresh blanket of snow from Monday’s storm.
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    • Posted April 8, 2016 at 8:43 am | Permalink

      Hi Kelly! Hope you are doing well! Thanks on the fruit salad, I just love it, so delish and I think you will too, very easy to put together. Sorry on your blanket of snow of which we got only a lot of very cold torrential rain! Here’s hoping that snow doesn’t begin moving southward to us… like your Facebook post the other day with the little girl said… winter ya had six months to show your face now get out!!! See you soon.

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