Zesty Fruit Salad with Coconut Milk and Basil

Zesty Fruit Salad with Coconut Milk and Basil | theroastedroot.net #healthy #recipe

Heyo! How was your weekend?! It’s been a one-thing-after-the-other kind of life lately – just the way I like it. Last Wednesday, I hopped on a flight due East, and joined many amazing bloggers for a Tour de Sabra’s Factory in Richmond, Virginia. I’ll give you a full recap soon, but for now, let’s just say the whole trip was a wonderful experience. I arrived home late Friday night, then hit the trails biking on Saturday. Then proceeded to hit the trails running on Sunday.

…And proceeded to brag about all of it on the InstaGs.

…Because if a tree falls in the woods and no one was there to post a picture of it on Instagram, it never happened, right? Thank you for bearing witness to my life.

Zesty Fruit Salad with Coconut Milk and Basil | theroastedroot.net #healthy #recipe

ALSO, somewhere between flights across the country and testing all of Sabra’s hummuses with my head hole, I turned the big twennyNINE. <- said like Schmidt from New Girl.

And now I feel like I owe you a blog post about the 29 Things I’ve Learned Thusly, or tell you the 29 Must-Own Items That Will Make You Appear 21 When You Are, In Fact, TwennyNINE, or 29 Ways to Open a Bottle of Wine Without a Corkscrew, 3 of Which Totally Work. Etc.

But let’s face it, I’m probably not going to do any of that. But I will continue to drink milkshakes like it’s my birthday, because: calcium.

Zesty Fruit Salad with Coconut Milk and Basil | theroastedroot.net #healthy #recipe

Ensalada de Frutas!

This is fancy.

Up until making this recipe, I always thought of fruit salad as just a fancy and fantastic excuse to eat Cool Whip and marshmallows. Duh-licious. I admit, I’ve always loved this classic concoction but haven’t considered fruit salad a big life To Do on account of…well…the Cool Whip…and possibly the marshmallows. But mostly the Cool Whip.

Clearly, it didn’t dawn on me that there are no Fruit Salad Rules to follow, until it did. At which point, I was all, “What in the hay fever, Julia, how come we’ve never made fruit salad ever in the history of our lives?” <- I’m allowed to refer to myself as, “we,” because as already mentioned, I’m a Gemini, which means I’m more than one person in real life.

Let us proceed.

Zesty Fruit Salad with Coconut Milk and Basil | theroastedroot.net #healthy #recipe

Here’s how it happened: I had all sorts of frutas in my refrigerator, along with an open can of coconut milk, yogurt, and basil (so, like, all of the ingredients…right there in the ice box). I took my whozits and whatzits galore, scrambled them up in that over-sized ramekin you see in my photogs, and created a healthy fruit salad with a ridick amount of flavor.

The lime zest, the basil, the coconut, oh my! It’s a bombardment for your taste buds, and oddly reminiscent of a Peter Gabriel song <- roll with it.

You can make this salad your own by incorporating your favorite fruits. If, by happenstance, you’re a big fan of the melons (the eating kind, not the thinking kind), this would be a great place to put them all. You can also use mint instead of basil, or make coconut whipped cream in order to make the dressing uber thick.

I am complete.

Zesty Fruit Salad with Coconut Milk and Basil | theroastedroot.net #healthy #recipe

Zesty Fruit Salad with Coconut Milk and Basil

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Author: Julia


  • 1 large fugi apple cored and chopped
  • 1 navel orange peeled and chopped
  • 2 kiwifruit peeled and chopped
  • 1 large ripe banana peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup red grapes halved

Lime Coconut Basil Dressing:


  1. Add all of the fruit to a large serving bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, yogurt, basil, and lime zest. Pour the coconut milk mixture over the fruit and toss everything together. Drizzle the honey over the fruit salad and serve.


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  1. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    Your trip to Sabra sounds like a blast!! I can’t wait to hear more about it. And 29? You’re just a babe! I’ll be 31 this year..eeeesh. 😉

    I think the stars aligned for you and this fruit salad because it looks like the best thing EVER. I love that you used coconut milk in place of that marshmallow garbage. I bet it would be a yoooge hit at a potluck but I might have to make it just to have all to myself!

  2. Shirley

    We got to taste test this salad, and the basil flavored the salad in the most amazing way. This is a salad to serve when your BBQ with friends or want something a little different to impress!

  3. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

    Coconut milk?! Now I am complete! You are a busy bee girlfriend and happy belated birthday! You deserve all the bike riding/hiking/milkshakes you want because–> balance (also birthdays don’t count for calories, righhhht?!).

  4. Julia

    I am a sucker for fruit salads. That coconut milk really takes this one over the top for me. I love all things coconut! And Sabra was amazing. I am so happy that we got to hang out and get to know each other better off of the Internet! 🙂 Cheers to more healthy fruit salads like this one!

  5. Abby

    what the what! Happy Birthday!!! Dang we should have toasted to you. I’m all heart eyed over this fruit salad, looks amazing lady!

  6. Susan

    Belated happy, happy birthday!! I’m also glad you got to have a good visit in Richmond. I lived there for about 20 years and really loved it (I only left because I got married to a man who lived about 2000 miles away).

    This fruit salad sounds great. I think I’d do it with berries and melons (for summer) and the way you have it for winter. I love the use of lime zest and basil – the basil is an excellent unexpected ingredient.

  7. Julie

    And now I’m singing the song from Little Mermaid. While wanting fruit salad, which I don’t think she got (until maybe after she married the dude).

  8. Sarah @ SnixyKitchen

    Bahaha – we’re soul sisters – we BOTH talked about cool whip in fruit salads this week;) This coconut milk + BASIL fruit salad looks amazing and totally puts any cool whip salad to shame. Bring this to a potluck and you’ll find me with a fork over the bowl.

  9. Jennie @onesweetmess

    Happy belated birthday! Why wait for your birthday to drink milkshakes and eat cake when you can do it every day? Ya only live once, right? Well, at least that’s my theory. This fruit salad is proof that not all fruit salads are alike. Did you know that the Interweb loves fruit salad… Love it! I must say, this is the best one I’ve seen by far.

  10. Olivia - Primavera Kitchen

    Sounds like you had fun at your trip to Sabra!! I can’t wait to hear more about this trip.

    Ju, are you 29??!! So young. I’ll be 34 this year 😉 Happy belated birthday, friend!

    This fruit salad looks absolutely delicious. I love that you used coconut milk in place of that marshmallow. Pinned!

  11. Izzy

    Touring a hummus factory sounds like the most amazing way ever to spend your birthday!! I would have demanded a cake made out of hummus 🙂 Happy Birthday! I’ll be turning 29 this summer too and I’m not super thrilled about it but I guess it had to happen sooner or later!

    I was just thinking the other day how I don’t think I’ve ever made a fruit salad before! Crazy, I know! This looks like the perfect one to start with because I love me some coconut milk!

  12. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits

    Happy belated birthday, girl!! I feel like we have similar fridge situations right now. Odd fruits and a tiny bit of coconut milk and a sliced lime. Love these dee-licious things that are going on in this salad!

    Also, I’m going to turn 29 later this year, and I’m going to write a 29 things to do before I turn 30 list!!!! Just kidding, I know I won’t.

  13. Joanne

    I often feel like, if I exercise and don’t post it on Insta, do the calories burned even REGISTER. I hope so, because I really don’t post the majority of my workouts. Yikes.

    I want to fill my life with ALL THE FRUIT SALAD at the moment. THIS DRESSING. Hubba hubba.


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