Healthy Dragon Fruit Waldorf Salad

A dragon fruit (also called pitaya) may look like a fire-breathing artichoke, but it's a cactus-family member that's a powerhouse of vitamin[ C and B vitamins. The white or fuchsia flesh has a fair amount of fiber, and the curious little black seeds are full of healthy fats. Dragon fruit tastes like a cross between a pear and a kiwi and gives traditional Waldorf salad a tropical update. Look for it in specialty South American or Asian stores.]

Total Time:
1 hr 30 min
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
1 hr

Yield:
4 servings (about 1 cup)
Level:
Easy

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • 1 large, ripe dragon fruit
  • 1/3 cup 2-percent Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup red seedless grapes, halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1/3 cup cashews, roughly chopped
  • 4 leaves Bibb or iceberg lettuce
Directions
  • Quarter the dragon fruit lengthwise. Work your finger under the skin, pull it back and peel it away in 1 piece. Cut each quarter into 1/4-inch-thick triangles.

  • Whisk together the yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, honey, ginger and salt in a large bowl. Add the apples, grapes, 3/4 of the dragon fruit pieces and 3/4 of both the cilantro and the cashews. Toss to combine, and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

  • Put a lettuce leaf in each of 4 small bowls, and top each with a scoop of salad. Garnish with the remaining dragon fruit, cilantro and cashews.

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Cook's Note: To determine the ripeness of dragon fruit, give it a gentle squeeze-it should have a slight give, like a ripe avocado.


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