Dragon Fruit Salad – Antioxidant High

by White on Rice Couple on December 3, 2009

dragon fruit recipe

Holy cow, we had a ton of dragon fruits this year! The beastly vines have finally matured and almost every node gave off an odd-ball looking fruit. What a spectacular sight they are and it’s especially fun when friends come over and stumble upon the dragon fruit vines  breathing fiery rows of red balls. Everyone’s mouths drop to the ground, their eyes bulge out and then the exclamations spew out — “Holy $%%^! What the &*%$ are those?”  Oh yeah, we love it when people get excited!

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As spectacular looking as they are, the nutritional value of dragon fruit is equally impressive. Full of antioxidants, high in vitamin C and other minerals, dragon fruits are extremely healthy and nutritious. But, they can be light on flavor and a little on the mild side (depending on the variety). We grow 5 varieties and the most prolific one is the white centered variety, which is the lightest in flavor, but still very refreshing.

Eating dragon fruit is really simple because the red outer skin simply peels off the heart of the fruit. Better yet, just cut the fruit in half, gently scoop out the white fruit with a spoon and go to town from there! The red skin usually remains firm enough to be a bowl too, so definitely use the skin as a serving vessel. Chilling the dragon fruit in the fridge before serving also adds to the refreshing flavor and is additionally helpful at firming up the texture if your dragon fruit is particularly soft.

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We simply love eating the dragon fruit by itself, or with a medley of other delicate flavored fruits. Even the addition of some lettuce to green up the salad is great too and the greens will add even more antioxidants. Call it the high antioxidant bowl and make it sound really healthy to make you feel good about eating good for the day.

**A big post on How to Grow Dragon Fruit will be up soon. Curious and frustrated gardeners from all over the world have asked us how to grow dragon fruit, so hopefully our tutorial on this topic will help everyone grow dragon fruit successfully!

Our previous posts on Dragon Fruit :

dragon fruit Summer of 2009 Dragon Fruit Flowers. The flowers were especially huge this year, thus producing some of the biggest dragon fruit we’ve ever had. With a late heat spell, the dragon fruit matured later, resulting in fruit all the way till December 2009! Enjoying summer fruit all the way into winter is why we live in Southern California.

 

dragon fruitPhotographs of the ripe and almost ready dragon fruit! Here is post from our Summer of 2008 crop. They were beautiful and sweet. When harvested right off the plants, the flavors are really fresh and refreshing. Most of the time, the store bought dragon fruits were picked rather pinkish, then allowed to ripen to red, so the flavors tend to be much more mild. Read the post here and get some dragon fruit recipes too.

 

Dragon fruitThe Life Cycle of Dragon Fruit Flowers! This was from the crop of Summer 2007 and we have pictures showing the whole blooming cycle. We shared it with everyone in January of 2008 (when we started blogging!) and it’s so fun for everyone to see the cycle from beginning to end.

We call it a “spent penis” because……well, you know why.

It’s not exactly the classiest way to describe the life cycle of a flowering/fruiting plant, but the plant is so unique, why not come up with a unique description? (So, BTW- this post is rated XXXX) .  Read the X-rated post here - Life Cycle of Dragon Fruit

Previous Dragon Fruit Posts and Photographs:

Dragon Fruit Salad Recipe

Yield: Serves 2-3.

Total Time: 5 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 dragon fruit, chilled
  • 1 cup chopped fresh fruit
  • 1 cup torn lettuce leaves (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Directions:

  1. Cut dragon fruit in half. Gently scoop out the white center fruit. Cut the white fruit in chunks. Reserve the red dragon fruit peel as a serving bowl.
  2. Add fruit in medium bowl with other fresh fruit and/or lettuce leaves and mint.
  3. Drizzle honey over fruit, gently toss together.
  4. To serve, use the fruit peel as the bowl.
Recipe Source: WhiteOnRiceCouple.com.

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1 Jessica@FoodMayhem December 3, 2009 at 10:21 am

Stunning! I’m pretty jealous of how tropical it looks over there. NY winters. =(

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2 garrett December 3, 2009 at 10:30 am

How cool. I wish I could find these here in Sacramento. =)

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3 Hélène December 3, 2009 at 10:35 am

I wish I could be your neighbor. Spectacular fruit and spectacular photography!

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4 Lori December 3, 2009 at 10:41 am

Beautiful! We were just able to try dragon fruit in Thailand for the first time in October. I agree about the flavor. It isn’t very strong, but it is just too beautiful to pass up! I can’t wait to see the post on how to grow it.

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5 Sonja @ ActiveFoodie December 3, 2009 at 11:12 am

What a gorgeous fruit! I just love your photography, I want to run to the store and buy some of these amazing fruits right now! (I wish I could run to my garden…but alas, I do not have one yet!)

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6 Dawn December 3, 2009 at 11:18 am

Seriously beautiful photos. My new year’s resolution is to find a couple of these plants and grow them in my yard.

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7 Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary December 3, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Someday I will eat a dragon fruit…wait, someday I hope to eventually see a dragon fruit! What spectacular photos! The colors are amazing.

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8 Jen Yu December 3, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Every one of your posts makes me want to move into your backyard. That and the fact that you guys are so awesome and fun :) Thanks for the recipe. Now I’ll know what to do besides sitting down with a spoon and scooping the dragon fruit into my mouth (chop it up in pretty salad and THEN scoop it into my mouth!) xoxo

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9 Holly December 3, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Look forward to the post. My plant seems to be doing well. I can’t wait until it I get some fruit. Great idea using them as “boats”.

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10 Tartelette December 3, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Not only are they pretty darn gorgeous but dragon fruits are so good and good for you! I find them easily here but I have never seen anyone grow them in our parts. Sounds to me like we have the right weather and soil (maybe not at the beach but inland). One more tree to add to the list I am planning to grow later on!

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11 Cate December 3, 2009 at 6:56 pm

I spent about 5 months in Southeast Asia this year, so I’ve gotten to be a big fan of dragon fruit. I had no idea it could grow in California! I’m definitely interested in growing my own.

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12 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best December 3, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Wow! I’ve had dragon fruit before, but didn’t know what the plant looked like. It’s so neat!

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13 Tamar December 4, 2009 at 3:37 am

That’s it. I’ve had it. I’m leaving Cape Cod and moving to LA, where you can grow really weird stuff in your backyard. And I thought I was all that because I’m growing mushrooms!

That’s got to be the most photogenic fruit on the planet. I sure hope it tastes as good as it looks.

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14 White on Rice Couple December 4, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Tamar- LOL! But your cold East Coast weather can grow many things that we can’t! It’s a trade off!

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15 Divina December 4, 2009 at 4:42 am

I absolutely love dragon fruit. I also love the red variety. I would love have my own dragon fruit in our garden.:D

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16 deana (lostpastremembered) December 4, 2009 at 7:07 am

Thanks so much for the gift of those photographs, they are sublime. What does it taste like? Can’t say chicken on this one? It seems like a trick-fruit, doesn’t it?

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17 White on Rice Couple December 4, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Deana- The white center, red outer variety is rather mild. But we’ve heard of other varieties being very very sweet!

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18 Tuty December 5, 2009 at 9:46 pm

When you said mild… is it rather bland? Does it have any fragrant? You also said that you grew 5 varieties. I can’t wait to see the other ones. Thanks for sharing the lovely photographs.

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19 amy December 4, 2009 at 8:05 am

I’ve been wanting to get my hands on these for awhile now. I haven’t found them anywhere near me – that or I’m not observant enough. Beautiful post as always. : )

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20 Coconut Recipes December 4, 2009 at 11:16 am

Great photos!

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21 The Saucy Coq December 4, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Hello there! Have been loving your site since finding it a couple weeks back. So, so jealous of your garden! Can’t believe you have 5 varieties of Dragon Fruit?! Amazing. Love Dragon fruit but have only ever had it as is. Will definitely be giving some variation of this salad a try.

Thank you! Look forward to coming back!

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22 Mélanie December 5, 2009 at 12:24 am

I discovered dragon fruits last year, during my trip to Vietnam, and I really like them. Even if their flavor is not very strong, I found them delicate, and as you said, very refreshing! I doubt that I could grow any in the Parisian region though… The more I read your blog, the more I want to live in California. Seriously.

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23 White on Rice Couple December 8, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Melanie- yes, there are definitely some benefits of living in warm Southern California. The ones that we grow are sweeter cause we let them sit on the vine to build up their sugar content!

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24 Barbara December 5, 2009 at 4:35 am

I’ve never seen dragonfruit. Gosh, it’s beautiful and the pulp looks delicious and unusual. Can’t believe we don’t have it in Florida…I’ll search.

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25 White on Rice Couple December 8, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Barbara- dragon fruit, we heard, grows very well in the Florida heat and humidity. Try searching Asian Markets!

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26 barbara December 6, 2009 at 12:53 pm

I love dragon fruit. Buying them in New Zealand was a treat as they were imported and very expensive. I have seen them on a trip up into North Queensland where they grow them I need to check our local shops to see if they are available. I love that first photo.

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27 judith February 12, 2010 at 4:09 pm

just bought 5 dragon fruit for $3 at the gin gin qld saturday markets [white ]
cheers judith

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28 so Spiffy December 6, 2009 at 8:29 pm

The photos are fab, I don’t think I can find dragon fruit here in Japan….. unless they are an import….. I haven’t checked though either… .I love fresh figs though and poms… Well done on the photography.

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29 The Hungry Mouse December 6, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Oh man, those are just lovely!

+Jessie

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30 kamran December 7, 2009 at 6:45 pm

looks absolutely refreshing and delicious!

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31 Vincent December 8, 2009 at 10:44 am

Vietnamese dragon fruit tastes good, looks good, nutritious, and available year round.
I just wonder why big companies like Fresh Del Monte Produce, Inc. and Chiquita Brands International Inc.
are not bringing this great fruit to Americans & people of the world like they did with banana.

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32 White on Rice Couple December 8, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Vincent- It’ll take some time for dragon fruit to catch on to the public and to encourage farmers to grow it. But it would be awesome, great idea!

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33 Eliane December 9, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Wow !!! I just love every post and recipe with the veggies/ fruits/herbs that you guys have in your backyard ! The Victory Garden is just amazing ! Would you have any tips or books for people who want to start a garden in their backyards ( I live in Southern California too ) ? Thanks !

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34 White on Rice Couple December 9, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Thank you for such gardening excitement. We actually are in the process of creating a gardening section of our website which will give more gardening resources and links. It should be up in a week or so. What we did to start the garden was to make a list of plants, fruits & veggies that we love. Then we researched what would grow here and started planning from there. Talk to the people at the local nurseries for info on good plants for your area. Even areas like Southern Cal. have lots of micro-climates. The people at the nurseries are great resources for understanding problems that come up (bad soil, bug or fungus problems, etc…) Happy gardening!

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35 Elmer Gacad December 10, 2009 at 12:09 pm

I wonder where I can order some seedlings of this amazing fruit vine/tree. Can someone help me on this, please! Thanks

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36 Bianca December 10, 2009 at 6:10 pm

I’ve never seen a dragon fruit! Wish I had them around!

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37 David December 14, 2009 at 10:00 am

Can hardly wait to read your post on how you guys grow dragon fruit. Supposedly they’ll grow here in Houston with protection from the occaisional freeze. I’d really like to see pictures/ description of how you have it trellised.

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38 Kristen December 15, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Omg! SO jealous!! You grow dragon fruit??? Awesome! I live in Miami and they sell it (very rarely, of course) at some farmer’s markets, but for a ridiculous price. I love the purple one and the juice made from it. You can find that pretty easily at local Nicaraguan restaurants. Love that stuff!!

Is it hard to grow?? Wouldn’t it grow here, too?

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39 Katherine December 25, 2009 at 8:06 am

I love your blog! Your recipes and photos are just inspiring. My goal for 2010 is to find (and perhaps GROW?) a dragon fruit plant. Or at least find a source for dragon fruits in Northern California. I just discovered them in Singapore in October and love them. This recipe looks wonderful. Thanks so much and Happy Holidays to the four of you!

Katherine

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40 Amelia May 7, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Can you buy dragon fruit in New Zealand?

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41 White on Rice Couple May 7, 2010 at 11:41 pm

We aren’t sure. We’ve love to go to New Zealand to research it for you ;) Judging by many of the produce coming out of New Zealand, the climate should be perfect to grow dragon fruit in many parts of the country. Hopefully you’ll be able to find it somewhere. Good luck!

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42 pushpa Surendra July 22, 2010 at 5:46 am

Thank you for all the information and the recipe for the salad. After waiting for seven years for our dragon fruit plant to fruit, it has finally fruited. Meanwhile I have taken nearly a hundred cuttings from the original mother plant and all of them are doing quite well. The mother plant fruited only after I stopped taking cuttings from it. Tomorrow I shall be plucking the first fruit which is now soft. On our farm in India which is already over crowded with other fruit trees, I am growing dragon fruit on shade trees. The plants are doing well but to fruit they need a lot of sunshine.

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43 scott March 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm

hello to you all. i have seen dragon fruit on other webb sites and i too would love to try it. i live in the far north of new zealand where the climate is subtropical. from what i can gather this would be fine for growing the plant. i would love to know where i can buy some to try it. i live about 100 miles from auckland where there are many asian markets. if anyone can tell me where i can buy some that would be awsome.

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44 carl June 2, 2011 at 5:54 pm

you can get dragon fruit through http://www.localharvest.org/dragon-fruit. or check melissa’s its a fruit compay that supplies stores ,its kind of pricey though . any one who wants seeds can e-mail me and I would be happy to send some for free of course

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45 stu June 19, 2011 at 9:12 am

thank you for the bio on dragon fruit, lovely recipe btw, love your site, love your recipes and the humour behind them.
“the bang me was awesome” btw lol
kudous
stu

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46 Grace October 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm

“carl June 2, 2011 at 5:54 pm
can get dragon fruit through http://www.localharvest.org/dragon-fruit. or check melissa’s its a fruit compay that supplies stores ,its kind of pricey though . any one who wants seeds can e-mail me and I would be happy to send some for free of course”

Hi Carl would so very much love to grow my own dragon fruit plant in Hermanus, South Africa. would it be possible to send me some seeds. Let me know thanx

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47 Marion Jensen July 28, 2013 at 9:55 am

I was lucky to have discovered a dragon fruit growing on what I thought was a night-blooming cereus in my back yard. Several years ago I saw them displayed in piles at Thai markets and never ventured to buy any. Wish I had. My plant hasn’t produced any more fruit since then even though it has grown a lot all over the lowest tier of a grapefruit tree. It was originally growing in an orchid pot hanging in the tree, but rooted itself in the soil below the tree. The roots could’t get below the agricultural cloth covering the limestone gravel, but they fanned out in several directions under the gravel. I would like to find out exactly how best to grow this plant to get more fruit. I live in southwest Florida. The beauty of the flower is breathtaking.

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48 Marion Jensen July 28, 2013 at 10:03 am

A number of years ago a neighbor gave me what I thought was a night blooming cereus. I was surprised by the size of the flower as large as a saucer and then was surprised a second time when I found the gorgeous fruit a short while later. Since then no other flowers have bloomed. It would be great to learn exactly what conditions the plant needs to succeed in producing more fruit. My plant was climbing a grapefruit tree, but now the dead tree has been cut down and the cactus needs to be relocated. Can you give me that information?

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