Tropical Fruit Salad with Ginger-Lime Dressing

When Chef Troy Levy was growing up in the hills of Glengoffe, Jamaica, he kept cool by eating water-packed fruits and vegetables, which inspired this stunning tropical fruit salad. Sweet watermelon combines with juicy papaya, crisp cucumber, and tangy pomegranate seeds to create a drip-down-your-chin-delicious salad that'll wow any crowd. A lemongrass-infused ginger-lime dressing lends bright flavor, with nori flakes and dulse flakes and crumbled dried oyster mushrooms adding salty and umami notes that complement the sweet fruit. Round things out with fresh herbs and peppery radishes. Use the sweetest, juiciest watermelon you can find for this refreshing salad!

Tip: A simple way to chop lemongrass is with a small food processor. Just be sure to remove the tough outer leaves first.

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Ingredients

  • 1 stalk lemongrass (tough outer leaves removed), finely chopped (see tip)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon nori flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dulse flakes
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 3 cups 1-inch cubes watermelon (preferably Crimson Sweet variety)
  • 1½ cups sliced cucumber
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped papaya
  • ½ cup pomegranate arils
  • ½ cup thinly sliced radish
  • 1 tablespoon crumbled dried oyster mushrooms
  • ½ teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon chopped fresh mint

Instructions

  • For dressing, in a jar combine the first seven ingredients (through ginger). Add lid; shake well.
  • In a large bowl combine the next seven ingredients (through cilantro). Add dressing; toss to coat. Garnish with mint.

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Chef Troy Levy

Troy Levy is a New York City–based rasta chef specializing in ital Caribbean cuisine. Through his catering company and Taste of Ital Food-Cart, he hosts pop-ups and travels the world sharing healthy plant-based dishes inspired by his childhood growing up in the countryside of Jamaica in Glengoffe, Saint Catherine. Follow him on Instagram for more.
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