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Zesty Fruit Salad with Coconut Milk and Basil

Zesty Fruit Salad with coconut milk, basil, lime zest, and a touch of pure maple syrup for the ultimate creamy, dairy-free, mayo-free fruit salad recipe!
Zesty Fruit Salad with Coconut Milk and Basil | #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 Instagram.

…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 | #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 | #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 | #healthy #recipe

Here’s how it happened: I had all sorts of fruit in my refrigerator, along with an open can of coconut milk, yogurt (I use dairy-free coconut milk yogurt. CocoYo is my favorite), 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 ridiculous 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 | #healthy #recipe

Zesty Fruit Salad with Coconut Milk and Basil

Zesty Fruit Salad with Coconut Milk and Basil is a fresh and flavorful take on classic fruit salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
6 Servings


  • 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:

  • 1/3 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt*
  • 6 leaves basil, finely chopped
  • 1 lime, zested
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup or honey


  • 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.


*Use dairy-free yogurt to keep recipe dairy-free. I like CocoYo coconut milk yogurt.


Serving: 1Serving - Calories: 125kcal - Carbohydrates: 27g - Protein: 2g - Fat: 2g - Fiber: 4g - Sugar: 19g
Course: Salads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy-free fruit salad, fruit salad with coconut milk, healthy fruit salad recipe, summer fruit salad
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Julia
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Myrtice Stevens

Thursday 25th of June 2015

Love how quick and simple this salad is. A great idea for a healthy breakfast. Go healthy go smarxy girls!

Alison @ Food by Mars

Monday 22nd of June 2015

I throw coconut milk on everything and somehow fruit salad hasn't crossed my mind until now!! Looks and sounds DELIGHTFUL. So light, refreshing and a little creamy action too?? Perfect!


Monday 22nd of June 2015

So glad you like it, Alison! Coconut milk really is a winner in the versatility and flavor realm!


Sunday 14th of June 2015

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.

Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits

Tuesday 9th of June 2015

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.


Tuesday 9th of June 2015

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!

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