Mango Pomegranate Salad (Indian Fruit Salad)

Easy Indian fruit salad recipe with tropical fruit mix and a simple dressing! With this mango pomegranate salad, you don’t have to tell your kids to eat fruits, they’re going to ask for more!

Indian salad dressing being drizzled on mango and pomegranate salad.

About the recipe

Learn how to make Indian fruit salad with mango, pomegranate, guava and fresh coconut flakes and a delicious 2-MINUTE HOMEMADE DRESSING.

This dairy-free mixed fruit chaat is perfect for a crowd and is kid-friendly. It can be put together within minutes for family gatherings and parties. More importantly, 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 SALAD that can replace a dessert!

Fruit Salad Ingredients

Mango pomegranate salad ingredients.

The ruby-red POMEGRANATE ARILS (fancy word for pomegranate seeds!), so pretty and delicious that you’ll forgive them for the stains in your shirt unless you’re wearing a pomegranate-colored one.

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 flakes and guava that balance the sweetness of mango and give a delicious CRUNCH to this healthy fruit salad.

Add mint for that refreshing herby flavor.

The palm sugar (coconut sugar) dressing is the “icing” on this Indian fruit salad recipe.

How To Make Mango Pomegranate 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 palm sugar dressing:

Indian fruit 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, 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 and drizzle it on ANY 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.

Indian fruit salad with coconut sugar dressing on a white plate.

Additions and substitutions

  1. Feel free to add other fruits like apples, oranges, pears and berries.
  2. Add 1/4 teaspoon of ground cumin if you love spices.
  3. If you don’t have coconut sugar or jaggery, you can use honey, but the taste will definitely not be the same.

Make-ahead option

Store the fruits and dressing in separate sealed containers. This 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 Mango and Pomegranate Salad

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 salad with:

You can also serve the mango and pomegranate salad with a dessert (ice cream or cake) πŸ™‚

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Health benefits of pomegranate

(Source)

  • 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

(Source)

  • 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

(Source)

  • 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.
Salad dressing being drizzled on mango and pomegranate salad.

Mango Pomegranate Salad Recipe

Easy Indian fruit salad recipe with tropical fruit mix and a simple dressing! With this mango pomegranate salad, you don't have to tell your kids to eat fruits, they're going to ask for more!
Author: Sheeba
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Party food, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Indian
Servings 4 people
Calories 153 kcal

Ingredients
  

Fruit salad ingredients

  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 mango
  • 1 guava
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves

Salad dressing

  • 2 tablespoons palm sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil extra virgin

Instructions
 

  • Keep the coconut oil in a warm place or in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes to melt, if it is in solid form.
  • Mix the palm sugar with water and lemon juice and shake well until completely dissolved. You might want to strain the liquid, in case you find any dirt or sediments at the bottom. (see note 1)
  • Add coconut oil and chaat masala. Whisk until all the ingredients have dissolved and become a homogenous liquid.
  • Toss the chopped fruits, pomegranate seeds, coconut and mint leaves. Drizzle the dressing and toss just before serving.

Notes

  1. Make sure you buy good-quality coconut sugar. Jaggery also can be used interchangeably, but, again, pay attention to quality. A few specks of dirt can spoil the whole fruit salad.
  2. If you’re making ahead, refrigerate the dressing in a separate bowl and bring it to room temperature before tossing with the fruits. It stays fresh for about 4 days in the refrigerator and 2 months in the freezer.
  3. Desiccated coconut or dried flakes may also be used if fresh coconut flakes are unavailable.
Mango Pomegranate Salad (Indian Fruit Salad)

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4 thoughts on “Mango Pomegranate Salad (Indian Fruit Salad)”

  1. What a great healthy recipe! I agree that a delicious dressing can elevate a dish to something spectacular. I would just love this as a dessert. Thanks so much for sharing with #CookBlogShare

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