Tropical Fruit Salad with Lychees and Coconut Dressing or Balinese Lychee Fruit Salad

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  • Total: 1 hr 20 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
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1/2 cup coconut milk

Juice of 2 limes, plus 1 teaspoon lime zest

2 tablespoons superfine sugar

3 star anise

Pinch of salt

6 fresh lychees, shell removed, pitted, and roughly chopped or 1-ounce can

2 cups cored and cubed fresh pineapple

2 cups cubed honeydew melon

2 cups cubed cantaloupe

2 cups cubed ripe papaya

2 cup mangos, skin removed, pitted, and cut into cubes

Shredded coconut, for serving, optional


  1. Whisk the coconut milk, lime juice, lime zest, sugar, star anise, and salt together in a large bowl. 
  2. Add the lychees, pineapple, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, papaya, and mangos. Gently toss to coat in the coconut milk dressing. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour or longer before serving. Prior to serving, remove the star anise and reserve for serving. Transfer the fruit salad to a serving platter or glasses. Top with the reserved star anise and shredded coconut, if desired, and serve.