Last night was the first time I prepared the Dragon Fruit, Pear and Spinach Salad and here’s why. When I picked up my son from school, I asked him what he had for lunch and he told me with an exuberant voice that he had 3 Hot Dogs!!! And then he remembered and told me, oh but I had the beans, fruit and salad too mommy, don’t worry. How can I not worry? I want my children to eat healthy food! I try to cook as much as possible at home but as they grow up, they’ll go out in the world and eat what’s out there.Jump to Recipe
So last night I decided to create a rich salad full of vitamins and anti-oxidants! I’m not sure this would erase the effects of 3 hot dogs or that 3 hot dogs for that matter would be that harmful in the long run. Maybe it made me feel better as a mom to load my kids up with fruit last night. I think I put every fruit I had at home inside this salad. If you decide to ever try it, hope you like fruity salads. My kids loved it, they thought it was dessert time for dinner time last night.
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I served the salad with baked chicken and garlic jasmine rice. The dragon fruit salad is the perfect fresh salad for dinner time. My 5 year old asked a lot of questions about the fruit, he had never tried dragon fruit before. So dinner conversation turned into a learning experience as well.
What is Dragon Fruit?
Dragon Fruit or pitaya (pitahaya) is the fruit of a special cactus species which is native to Central America. However, give the popularity of this fruit in the last decade, the fruit is now grown widely around the world. Dragon Fruit is a tropical fruit.
There are several varieties of this fruit, white flesh with black seeds and red flesh with black seeds. Taste is mild, sweet and a bit tart, almost like a kiwi mixed with a sweet berry. For the health benefits of Dragon Fruit, please check out this article.
Dragon Fruit, Pear & Spinach Salad Recipe
As I told you earlier, this recipe was created on the go as an attempt to pack as much antioxidants and vitamins in one plate. I didn’t really plan it as a recipe for the blog. The initial picture as well was just taken with a cell phone. I repeated the recipe later on for a better shot and you can see the new picture below. When I first made this salad, I used a red dragon fruit while the second time, I made it with a dragon fruit that was yellow on the outside and white on the inside. It’s just a different variety, but both delicious.
The goat cheese and pecans balance the fruity flavors perfectly! If you are not a fan of goat cheese, you can replace it with feta cheese.
Please note that in the recipe I prepared a lot of dressing so each person can pour on their plate as needed. If you are going to toss the salad before serving, I suggest to use half that amount of dressing and add more as needed instead of pouring it all in right away.
Dragon Fruit, Pear & Spinach Salad
- 5 oz spinach
- 1 dragon fruit
- 2 pears
- 10 oz goat cheese
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 6 oz blackberries
- 6 oz raspberries
- 8 tbsp olive oil
- 8 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp poppy seeds
- 0.5 tbsp salt
- Fill the bowl with spinach.
- Add cubed dragon fruit, peeled pears, cut cheese.
- Add berries and finally sprinkle everything with pecan halves.
- Mix olive oil, vinegar, salt and poppy seeds. Put the dressing on the side or pour on top and toss the salad.
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