Recipe: Spiced Tropical Fruit Salad

John Gregory-Smith ON Sep 06, 2012 AT 3:40 pm

My delicious tropical fruit salad with a chilli, star anise, cinnamon and lime dressing is the perfect dish to round off the summer. The wonderful assortment of tropical fruits is brought to life with a beautiful sweet dressing, which has a sight hint of chilli, warming cinnamon and fragrant star anise. The whole dish is freshened up with tangy lime and perfumed passion fruit – this is sunshine in a bowl!

Tropical Fruit Salad


90g/31⁄4oz/heaped 13 cup caster sugar

5cm/2in cinnamon stick

2 star anise

1⁄4 tsp chilli flakes

juice of 2 limes

seeds and pulp of 3 passion fruit

1 mango, peeled, pitted and roughly chopped

1⁄2 pineapple, peeled, cored and roughly chopped

1 papaya, peeled, deseeded and roughly chopped

yogurt, to serve

  1. Put the sugar, cinnamon, star anise and chilli flakes into a large pan with 250ml/ 9fl oz/1 cup water and bring to the boil over a high heat. Stir continuously for
 1 minute, or until all the sugar has dissolved, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer, shaking the pan occasionally, for 10 minutes until the liquid has reduced to a thin syrup. Transfer the syrup to a mixing bowl and set aside to cool. Remove the cinnamon to stop its flavour overpowering the dressing, but reserve for decoration.
  2. Once the syrup has cooled, pour in the lime juice and passion fruit and mix well. Add the mango, pineapple and papaya, then toss together so that the spicy, sweet- sour flavours of the dressing coat the fruit.
  3. Serve at room temperature or chilled with a generous dollop of yogurt and the star anise and cinnamon arranged on top.



From Mighty Spice Cookbook by John Gregory-Smith © Commissioned Photography by William Lingwood / Duncan Baird Publishers 2011


Mighty Spice Cookbook, John Gregory-Smith, Paperback, £14.99

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