Tropical Fruit Salad

1Tropical fruit blended with a lime syrup that is so refreshing. Use the fruit listed or use whatever fruit you have on hand. I highly recommend fresh pineapple in your dish because the pineapple and lime combination is delicious. I could just eat a whole bowl of that!


  • 1 whole pineapple, cut into bite size chunks
  • 2 large mango, cut into bite size chunks
  • 2 bananas, cut into bite size chunks
  • 1/2 small cantaloupe, cut into bite size chunks
  • 1/2 papaya, cut into bite size chunks (optional)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbs water
  • 1 whole lime (zest plus 2 tbs lime juice)


  1. Except for bananas, place all cut up fruit into a large bowl.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil, turn off heat and allow sugar to completely dissolve. Once dissolved, remove from heat. (This sugar water is called simple syrup.)
  3. First zest your entire lime and then squeeze 2 tbs of lime juice. (It is much more difficult to zest the lime after you squeezed the juice out of it.)
  4. Add lime zest and lime juice to sugar water in pan and combine.
  5. Pour lime syrup over the fruit and combine well. Cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours. Up to a half hour before serving, add in the bananas and gently combine with other fruit. If you add too early, the bananas get a little mushy.


- No need to limit yourself to the fruit used in this recipe. However, our favorite fruit in this recipe are the mangos and pineapple that work deliciously with the lime. Sometimes, I will add strawberries for additional color.


- I buy the whole pineapple that has already been cored and skinned. It saves on time and you always know if the pineapple is ripe. You could probably ask the produce dept at your grocery store to do this for you if they don't have any already available.

- Press down and roll the lime on your counter before you squeeze or juice it. This will soften the fruit and releases the juices easier.


- Top salad off with shredded or toasted coconut.

- A combination of pineapple, mangos, peaches, strawberries and bananas work well together in this recipe also.


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