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by on June 11th, 2013

Dragon Fruit Salad

Beautiful and unusual fruit.

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How often do you go out of your comfort zone? I’m doing it more lately and on a recent trip to Central Market in Houston I was eyeing some of the fruits that were being sampled. I have to admit I had never tasted the Rambutan, Dragon fruit or Feijoa and I don’t think I have ever laid eyes on them either.

Typically my fruit salads start with bananas, strawberries, melon, kiwi and maybe apples. But today I’m going way out of my comfort zone and adding three new fruits to my repertoire of fruits.

When the man handing out samples of the rambutan, cut it open, my first thought was “hey, this looks like an eye ball” but it has a seed in the center. My first thought of the Feijoa when I opened it was that the center kind of looked like bone marrow. Now, those aren’t very appetizing descriptions of some new fruits I want you to try so I guess I should just be quite about what I thought the fruits looked like. When I opened the dragon fruit, I did think it was beautiful; white flesh full of hundreds of black tiny seeds. And, what can I say about a star fruit, it looks like a star.  I once used the star fruit when I made a dragon sushi roll and I cut the star fruit in thin slices and put it in between the sushi pieces to look like scales, very pretty.

So, I’m taking rambutan, feijoa, dragon fruit, kiwi, strawberries, star fruit, a little lime and honey and coconut white balsamic vinegar and making a fruit salad with some new acquaintances.

Dragon fruit — Dragon fruit is a member of the cactus family and is football shaped and has a beautiful pink/red thick skin. There are three varieties, red, white and yellow flesh with greenish petals sticking out here and there and they have hundreds if not millions of black seeds and this fruit tends to be enhanced in flavor when mixed with other fruits. This fruit is very common in Asia. And here’s an interesting bit of information.  Dragon Fruits help to protect the environment because they absorb carbon dioxide at nighttime, and then release oxygen to purify the air. Dragon Fruit contain no cholesterol, saturated fat or trans fat. Cross between a kiwi and watermelon.

Rambutans are grown in Thailand as well as Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines When they are ripe and ready to eat they will be dark red. To open these, cut through the skin with a sharp nice and you probably will be able to twist them open and the eye balled shaped fruit will pop right out. (beautiful egg like fruit), cut out the seed or as one site I read it said pop the fruit in your mouth and then spit out the seed. These are not overly sweet and taste something like a peeled grape.

Feijoa is know as pineapple guava and is about the size of a chicken egg. It has a sweet, aromatic flavor, first thought was the inside looked a little like bone marrow.

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Beautiful and unusual fruits.

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Rambutan, cut open, almost like a peeled grape.

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There’s a seed inside that you don’t want to eat. You can just pop these in your mouth and eat around the seed.

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A simple star fruit can jazz up any fruit salad. You want them to start turning a little brown on the outside before cutting.

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Feijoa, quite unusual.

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I love kiwi. Try cutting them in half and eating them with a spoon.

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Beautiful and I love the outside and couldn’t resist serving the salad in the fruit skin/shell/whatever it’s called.

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I had some coconut white balsamic vinegar I decided to use with the lime and honey. You can use any white balsamic vinegar or skip that altogether.

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Dragon Fruit Salad

1 Dragon fruit
2-3 rambutan
2 kiwis, peeled and sliced
1 star fruit, sliced thin
1 pkg. strawberries, washed, hulled and halved or quartered.
1-2 Feijoa
1 lime, jested and juiced
2-3 Tbsp. honey
1 Tbsp. Coconut White Balsamic Vinegar (or white balsamic vinegar – not regular vinegar)
2-3 Tbsp. chopped mint, optional

Cut the dragon fruit in half and use a large spoon to scoop out the fruit, slice thin. Cut the Rambutans in half and cut the fruit away from the pit/seed.

Peel and slice the kiwis. The star fruit does not have to be peeled, cut into thin slices.

Wash and hull strawberries and cut in halves or quarters. Peel the feijoa and slice thin.

Put all fruits into a salad bowl and add in the lime zest.  Whisk together the honey and lime juice and the white balsamic vinegar and drizzle over salad, toss and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve in bowl or use the outside of the rdragon fruit as bowl or garnish.

Serves 6-8

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