Tropical Fruit Salad — This tropical fruit salad features fresh fruit that’s tossed in pineapple juice, coconut and almond extracts, and piña colada mix. Don’t worry, this easy fruit salad is non-alcoholic!
Easy Fruit Salad Recipe
This tropical fruit salad is non-alcoholic and gets its piña colada name from — you guessed it — piña colada mix, sans alcohol. I use the shelf-stable, liquid piña colada mix rather than the frozen kind in cans.
I added coconut and almond extracts for an extra boost of tropical flavors. I am a huge fan of both of those extracts and work them into any recipe I can. They really lend to the summery, tropical, warm weather vibe of this pineapple fruit salad.
This summer fruit salad is perfect for parties, potlucks, or holidays like Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or Labor Day.
Or make this fruit salad as a way to take advantage of all the fruit you accidentally overbought at the farmers market when your eyes were bigger than your stomach. Everything looks so good in the summer, and I am guilty as charged!
What’s in Tropical Fruit Salad?
To make the pineapple fruit salad itself, you’ll need:
- Pineapple chunks
- Sweetened coconut flakes
And to make the fruit salad dressing, you’ll need:
- Piña colada mix (non-alcoholic)
- Pineapple juice
- Almond extract
- Vanilla extract
How to Make Fruit Salad
Simply chop the fruit into bite-sized pieces if needed, then toss together in a large bowl along with the coconut. Then, stir together the fruit salad dressing and pour over the fruit mixture.
Refrigerate the tropical fruit salad before serving to allow the fruit time to soak up some of that yummy dressing.
Can I Use Different Fruits in This Recipe?
While I used strawberries, grapes, blueberries, and pineapple in this tropical fruit salad, the recipe will work with anything from peaches to nectarines to kiwi to raspberries to blackberries. You can mix and match the quantities of the fruit based on what you have on hand and enjoy most. It’s a very flexible recipe that everyone loves.
How Long Does Fruit Salad Last?
This summer fruit salad will last up to 3 days in the fridge. Give it a good stir before serving leftovers since lots of juice collects at the bottom of the bowl.
Tips for Making Tropical Fruit Salad
If using grapes in your fruit salad, I recommend buying a seedless variety. Otherwise you’ll spend half your time picking seeds out of your mouth as you’re eating this tropical fruit salad.
For the best flavor and texture, use fresh fruits and not frozen to make this recipe. I also used canned pineapple packed in juice (not heavy syrup), but that’s the only canned fruit I’d use in this mixture.
You could definitely spike the fruit salad with rum for an adults-only crowd. Malibu Rum would be perfect here and that sounds like it could be a lot of fun.
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Pina Colada Fruit Salad
- 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
- 1 cup seedless red grapes
- 1 cup seedless green grapes
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 cup canned pineapple chunks, drained; reserve juice
- ½ cup loosely packed sweetened coconut flakes
- ⅓ cup non-alcoholic pina colada mix, you want liquid, not the frozen cans
- ¼ cup pineapple juice
- ¼ teaspoon coconut extract
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- To a large bowl, add the strawberries, grapes, blueberries, pineapple chunks, and optional coconut; set aside.
- To a medium bowl, add the pina colada mix, pineapple juice, extracts, and whisk to combine. Depending on how ‘saucy’ you like your fruit salad, feel free to add more pina colada mix or pineapple juice.
- Pour over the fruit, toss to combine, and refrigerate to chill before serving.
- Fruit salad will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
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