Chips and salsa is always a popular appetizer or snack. How about surprising your party guests with a tasty dragon fruit salsa?
If you are entertaining, I have tons of crowd-pleasing gluten free appetizer recipes to try!
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What is Dragon Fruit?
Dragon fruit is a wild looking fruit that is also known as pitaya.
I found dragon fruit marked way down at our local Oakmont Produce shop. It was on the verge of being overripe, and just begging to be put to good use. This is my first time with this fruit, and I found it to have a really mild flavor.
Dragon fruit are usually a bright pink and it looks like it has scales on it. This poor dragon fruit was marked way down because it was very ripe so it is not as vivid as really fresh dragon fruit.
When you cut inside the dragon fruit, you will see the fun polka dot center fruit. You do not eat the rind, just the fruit inside.
This is one fruit I have yet to try. It has a unique flavor and looks almost like dice when it is cut up for salsa. Talk about a fun looking appetizer! You can even make a cocktail like this Dragon Fruit Cocktail out of it.
I kid you not, these are bringing back those memories of big fuzzy dice hanging from my rearview mirror when I was a teenager :-).
1 large dragon fruit
I decided to make a fun salsa with some lemon juice (still using up lemons anywhere I can!), chives, and diced jalapeño.
💭 Top tip:
I recommend letting the salsa sit for an hour after mixing the ingredients so that the flavors can blend together. It makes a big difference and makes the salsa outstanding!
If you are looking for another delicious dip to serve, try this easy hatch chile hummus too!
What does dragon fruit taste like?
As fancy as dragon fruit looks, it is a bit of a buzz kill. Dragon fruit has very little flavor...and tends to pick up flavor from what it is mixed with. This is why dragon fruit is perfect in this salsa recipe.
Dragon fruit is a great source of fiber and vitamins including Vitamin A, Iron, Vitamin C, and Calcium.
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Dragon Fruit Salsa
- 1 large dragon fruit peeled from outer rind and diced
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 jalapeno diced
- 2 tablespoons diced chives
- dash salt
- Add all ingredients into a medium bowl and toss together.
- Allow to sit for 1 hour so flavors blend together.
- Serve with gluten free corn tortilla chips.
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