This tropical fruit salad, made with fresh papaya, mango, pineapple, bananas and grated coconut is the best tasting fruit salad… EVER!!
It makes a great big bowl, big enough to feed a crowd so it’s perfect to bring to a picnic, potluck or to serve at a backyard BBQ. This is easy enough for anyone to make – if you can use a knife, you can make this salad. The bananas are added just before serving so they don’t turn brown.
Fruit salad always makes me think of my Dad, when I was younger he made a great big bowl of fresh fruit salad just about every night. It’s the perfect dessert because it’s all natural, made with nothing but fruit – it doesn’t get cleaner than that!
In my past life I must have lived on a tropical island somewhere; the climate, blue oceans, palm trees, and sweet tropical fruit are my idea of a perfect world. Thank goodness we can get papayas, mangoes, coconut and pineapples here in the states, but there are still so many tropical fruits I’d love to see a lot more tropical fruit imported here one day such as fresh guanabana (sour sop) guava or passion fruit (maybe I need to get on a plane to somewhere tropical really soon).
1 papaya, peeled and diced 3/4-inch cubes (5 cups)
2 mangoes, peeled and diced 3/4-inch cubes (2 1/2 cups)
1 fresh pineapple, peeled and diced reserving the juice 3/4-inch cubes (4 cups)
2 large bananas, peeled and diced 3/4-inch cubes (2 cups)
1/4 cup fresh grated coconut, for garnish
Combine the papaya, mangoes, and pineapple in a large bowl and add the juice from the pineapple. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
Just before serving, add the bananas and garnish with fresh coconut.
Makes 13 1/2 cups.
Keywords: Tropical Fruit Salad Recipe
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