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.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings (about 1 cup)
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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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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.