Would you like to liven up your typical fruit salad? You may want to try this Cinnamon Coconut Fruit Salad because of it’s subtle spice yet tropical twist. The flavor combination is irresistible! A while back I had some friends over for a crafting night and this salad was a big hit! We could all snack on it while working on our projects and we didn’t feel guilty about eating something overly salty or fattening.
Pick out your favorite fruit! There really is no limit here. I usually pick strawberries, blueberries, and cantaloupe at a minimum. In the picture here I added in pears. I have also made this cinnamon coconut fruit salad with grapes, pineapple, and apples. Any combination of fruit is fine so pick your favorite! This is also a really great way to use up extra fruit from the fridge before it goes bad. Altogether, you want about a medium sized bowl full of fruit.
Put all the fruit in a large bowl and add 1/4 cup of lemon juice, 1/4 cup of orange juice, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and 1/4 cup of sweetened and flaked coconut. This is my particular proportion of flavoring, but you may want to add more or less of each ingredient. I have a tendency to be a little heavy-handed on the coconut since it’s my favorite! But like I said before, this recipe has a lot of flexibility and it has never turned out bad!
Mix everything together so that all the fruit is coated. Let it sit in the refrigerator for a little bit so that all the flavors meld together.
Once the cinnamon coconut fruit salad is chilled, serve it up! For added flavor you may want to add a sprinkle of mint leaves on top. I usually serve this fruit salad as a side dish for dinner. I think it goes well with my 3 ingredient tangy marinated chicken fresh off the grill! For a kid’s birthday party I divided the fruit among small paper cups (with a fork stuck inside) and served them as an appetizer. Another night I served the salad the same way for a ladies’ craft night. Both were big hits because of how easy they were to pass out and clean up. I think it would also be great for brunch with some mini blueberry peach scones. However you serve this fruit salad, I think you will love it’s fresh, sweet taste! Happy cooking ya’ll!
- ½ cantaloupe
- 6 oz blueberries
- 1 lb strawberries
- 1 pear
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ¼ cup orange juice
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup sweetened, flaked coconut
- Optional: mint for topping
- Dice and chop all fruit.
- Combine fruit with other ingredients in large bowl.
- Coat fruit thoroughly and let chill in the fridge.
- Once cool, serve fruit topped with mint.