Easy Indian fruit salad recipe with tropical fruit mix and a simple dressing! With this mixed fruit chaat, you don’t have to tell your kids to eat fruits, they’re going to ask for more!
Why you’ll love this mixed fruit chaat recipe
This recipe shows you how to make an Indian fruit salad with mango, pomegranate, guava and fresh coconut flakes and a delicious 2-MINUTE INDIAN SALAD DRESSING.
The mixed fruit chaat is perfect for a crowd and is kid-friendly.
This mango pomegranate salad can be put together within minutes for family gatherings and parties. Like my beet walnut feta salad, it LOOKS and TASTES great, without much effort.
Guys, believe it or not, this is my go-to salad when I start craving something SWEET. In my opinion, this is the only FRUIT SALAD that can replace a dessert!
Fruit chaat ingredients
The ruby-red POMEGRANATE ARILS (fancy word for pomegranate seeds!), so pretty and delicious that you’ll forgive them for the stains on your shirt unless you’re wearing a pomegranate-colored one. I use them in my favorite spicy curd rice recipe, too.
Everyone’s favorite- MANGO! Mango in salad recipes gives a kind of sweetness that makes it an unforgettable experience. Try my 3-ingredient mango smoothie and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Then we have juicy coconut strips and guava that balance the sweetness of mango. Coconut, as in the sprouted mung bean salad gives a delicious CRUNCH to this healthy fruit salad.
Add mint for that refreshing herb flavor.
The palm sugar (coconut sugar) dressing is the “icing” on this Indian fruit chaat recipe.
How to make Indian Fruit Salad
(You can find the exact measurements and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this page.)
- Segment the pomegranate and separate the seeds.
- Cube the mango and guava.
- Make the delicious coconut oil salad dressing:
Indian salad dressing
This homemade dressing is so full of FLAVOR that you’ll start pouring it on everything you get your hands on. 4 ingredients are all you need for this amazingly sweet and tangy fruit salad dressing.
- Chaat masala: This is a sweet, spicy and tangy Indian seasoning mix used in street food like chaats, and paneer recipes like paneer salad, hariyali paneer tikka and paneer kathi rolls. A personal favorite, I’ve created unique salad recipes like chana salad and lentil cilantro salad with chaat masala. It is made of a bunch of spices like cumin, coriander, raw mango powder, hing, pepper and black salt.
- Coconut sugar (or palm sugar or jaggery): These are slightly different but can be used interchangeably for this recipe.
- Extra virgin coconut oil brings the dressing together with its amazing flavor and texture.
- Lemon juice for the tang.
MIX, SHAKE, drizzle it on the fruit salad and taste the difference!
The only thing you should take note of is the quality of the ingredients, specifically, coconut oil and palm sugar. You can also use good-quality jaggery instead of palm sugar.
You can test the purity of palm sugar by mixing it with a little water (see recipe card below) and check if you have sediments settling at the bottom. If yes, strain the liquid carefully before adding the rest of the dressing ingredients.
Tips to make the best Indian mango salad
- Feel free to add other fruits like apples, oranges, pears and berries.
- Add 1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin to the salad dressing if you love spices.
- If you don’t have coconut sugar or jaggery, you can use honey, but the taste will definitely not be the same.
Store the fruits and dressing in separate sealed containers. Mango pomegranate salad stays fresh for 5 days in the refrigerator and 3 months in the freezer.
Did you know that pomegranate stays fresh in the fridge longer if the arils (seeds) are separated and stored in an airtight container rather than as a whole? Well, now you know!
A whole pomegranate lasts in the fridge for about 4 to 5 days, while the arils can be stored for 2 weeks.
What to serve with Indian fruit chaat
It is not common practice to serve Indian meals with fruit salad, but you can get creative and wow your guests. Serve the Indian fruit chaat with:
- Tandoori chicken legs
- Baked pudina chicken
- Tandoori salmon
- Tandoori chicken tikka
- Oven Baked Salmon Kebabs
- Easy fish cakes
- Tandoori pomfret
- Prawn tikka
Or make chicken lemon coriander soup with this pomegranate salad for a healthy dinner.
You can also serve the mango and pomegranate salad with a dessert (ice cream or cake) 🙂
Health benefits of pomegranate
- Categorized as berries, pomegranates are loaded with important nutrients.
- They are rich in plant compounds that have powerful medicinal properties.
- Pomegranates have impressive anti-inflammatory properties.
- Regular intake of pomegranate juice has been shown to lower blood pressure levels.
- Pomegranate has antibacterial and antiviral properties which may be useful against common gum diseases and yeast infections.
- As a rich source of nitrates, pomegranate may improve exercise performance by increasing blood flow.
- Pomegranate contains a fatty acid that can have benefits against heart disease. It improves your cholesterol profile and protects cells from oxidative damage.
- It is considered one of the “super fruits” that burns fat, boosts metabolism and suppresses your appetite. Pomegranate is one of the fruits that can and should be eaten on an empty stomach for maximum benefits.
Health benefits of coconut and coconut oil
- Coconut, due to its strong antioxidant properties increases metabolism and fights infections.
- Coconut is anti-viral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasite.
- It provides a natural source of quick energy and enhances physical and athletic performance.
- Coconut improves digestion and absorption of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
- It stabilizes glucose levels by improving insulin secretion.
- Coconut improves good cholesterol (HDL) thus supporting heart health.
- Coconut and coconut oil supports thyroid function.
- It helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infection.
- Coconut promotes weight loss due to its high fiber content and also reduces belly fat. However, coconut oil is high in saturated fat and so, have it in moderation.
- Coconut oil helps keep hair and skin young and healthy, preventing wrinkles and sagging skin.
Health benefits of palm sugar
- Palm sugar is an unrefined sugar that requires minimal processing.
- Known to be rich in vitamins and minerals.
- It contains phytonutrients, flavonoids, antioxidants, and dietary fiber.
- Palm sugar is gaining popularity due to its low glycemic index, (even lesser than honey) which means it is slowly absorbed by the body, preventing a spike in blood glucose levels.
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Collection of Indian Salads and Dressings
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