2 Punnets blueberries
2 Bunches red seedless grapes
1 Dragon fruit
1 Tin young coconut
1 Tin lychees
Step 1: Prepare fresh fruits, by removing grapes from stems and wash both grapes and blueberries; remove skin and seeds of papaya, and same again for Dragon fruit and dice into bite-sized cubes. Add all fresh fruits to a large bowl.
Step 2: Prepare tinned fruits, by removing from tins and drain of all liquids (but retain the liquids) and add tinned fruit to the bowl.
Step 3: Mix, cover and place in the refrigerator. Remove from refrigerator when ready to serve.
When we first got married we weren’t confident cooks, so whenever we were called on to bring a dish to a gathering/function we’d always put our hands-up for dessert and bring this salad (as no cooking was actually required. *Smile*).
We called it the ‘East meets West’ fruit salad because it contains half Asian fruits and half Western fruits (we always try to keep it a 50/50 split, and also a 50/50 split in-between fresh and tinned fruits).
The fruits which go into the salad highly depend on seasonality, and what the Asian grocer has in stock in terms of canned fruits.
In the past we had used the following Western fresh fruits: red or green Seedless grapes, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, papaya, or mangos. And we’ve used the following Western tinned fruits: halved tinned apricots, mixed fruit salad, and quartered pears.
And in the past we had used the following fresh Asian fruits: star fruit, mangosteen, and custard apple, persimmon, longan, and Dragon fruit. Asian tinned fruits have included: young coconut, lychee, jackfruit, nata de coco, and palm seed.
We usually reserve the liquid from the tins, in case if the fruit isn’t sweet enough. If the salad requires sweetening, we’d drizzle some of the reserved liquids onto the salad (usually the lychee liquid).
Not to waste the liquids, we usually water them down with water and have them as refreshing drinks.
Please do try our East Meets West Fruit Salad, it’s super easy to throw together and real colourful (kids of all ages love it!).