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Dragon Fruit Recipes à la Alkaline Sisters

Say hello to The Alkaline Sisters, our guest posters for this week. The Alkaline Sisters is a beautiful blog run by two sisters – Julie and Yvonne – who both have changed their lives from inside and out, by eating alkaline foods. If you are not familiar with the alkaline diet you can learn more about it on their blog. You will also find loads of great recipes, colorful photos and some truly fascinating life changing stories. Today they share two recipes with dragon fruit, which we think is great since it has become our new favorite fruit here in Asia. We leave the word to Julie:

Lately the dragon fruit has been calling my name and I can’t get enough of it. The juicy, mildly sweet flavour and that gorgeous aesthetic of fuschia and white with black–I just love how this fruit looks, let alone tastes! And with David and Luise enjoying these daily with little Elsa I thought it would be fun for you to have some too! While we’re at it we gain the benefits of a big dose of vitamin C, lots of fibre, B1, B2, Protein, Calcium, even Iron, to mention just a few. With all these nutrients the dragon fruit can help improve memory and digestion, prevent formation of cancer causing free radicals, decrease bad cholesterol, strengthen bones and teeth, assist in healing cuts & bruises and… moisture & smoothen your skin. How about that!

I’ve been enjoying them in a variety of salads, desserts with other fruits, and just sliced on their own. They contain many alkalizing minerals and antioxidants and their sugar content is extremely low while the water content is quiet high. A salad of this nature is an excellent meal to balance your alkaline intake as it is recommended to consume 70-80% alkaline foods at every meal in order to optimize and energize your body and avoid disease. The macadamia nuts and the pomegranate are slightly acidic, although very nutritious, and the greens are highly alkalizing and assist in the digestion of the nuts. With a double dose of omega oils 3 & 6 from the avocado in the salad & the dressing, a nice hit of protein via the dragon fruit & avocado too, over all, you have a very healthy and hydrating meal versus a heavy, low water content, concentrated cooked meal that leaves you feeling sluggish. I always feel fabulous after a delicious salad like this and I am not the least bit hungry for quite some time which is what many people fear when they only eat a tiny side salad with cucumber and tomato.  Pump up your salad with tasty things like dragon fruit and you will come to crave your yummy, healthy meals.

The unique clean flavour of dragon fruit lends itself nicely to many different flavour directions. Do experiment cuz you might be surprised at the wonderful results you create.  Maybe give the Dragon Fruit Creme recipe below a try for your dessert!

Salad of Dragon Fruit, Pomegranate & Macadamia with Creamy Mint & Lime Dressing
Yield: 2 large salads

The salad
4 cups fresh greens, I used mache
1 dragon fruit, skin removed and diced
seeds of 1 fresh pomegranate
1/2 cup raw macadamia nuts
1 avocado, sliced

Method: Divide greens between 2 large bowls or plates and top with remaining ingredients.  Serve with dressing on the side and add as needed.

The dressing
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
juice & zest of one fresh lime
juice of 1/2 lemon
5 stems fresh mint, leaves and stems
1/2 avocado
2 tsp agave or as you may (I like to replace 1 tsp with 3 drops liquid stevia)
pinch sea salt
2-3 tbsp filtered water for consistency

Method: Place all ingredients in a blender and combine until mint is pureed.  Mmmm… this dressing is sooo yummy! I like it with papaya and greens too–try it with some of your favourite salads.

Dragon Fruit Creme
This is a little treat that I concocted that you might like for a simple dessert or with an afternoon cup of tea.

1/4 c fresh coconut water
meat of one fresh coconut
meat of one dragon fruit (1 slice for garnish reserved)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp agave syrup & 3 drops stevia or both as you may
1/3 cup cashews- soaked 30 mins and drained

Method: Blend well in high speed blender, garnish with a piece of dragon fruit with the pretty skin on and serve. This tends to thicken a bit if it stands for a while but is best served same day to benefit from all the fresh nutrients.

I hope you will give the pretty dragon fruit a try if you haven’t already.  You’ll be glad you did.  It is often found in Asian markets as is the young coconut.  I have even seen young coconuts for sale already opened with the fresh meat and the coconut water packed separately at places like Whole Foods if you have one near you. This is a bonus cuz it can be tricky to open those coconuts but soooo worth it!  Here’s a really helpful link on how to easily open a young coconut if you so decide to whip up this yummy treat. It’s been a delight sharing with you, a BIG thank you to David and Luise for this guest post! Safe travels. /Julie

Text & photo by The Alkaline Sisters

27 Comments

  1. Posted 5 Feb ’11 at 05:23 | #

    wonderful dragon fruit – love it and love this post! lovely pictures too. dayle

  2. Dennis
    Posted 5 Feb ’11 at 10:48 | #

    what a beautiful looking salad! i have actually never tried dragon fruit before, i don’t think our supermarket sells them, but from now on i am on a hunt to find it. next stop Whole Foods!

  3. Posted 5 Feb ’11 at 12:01 | #

    I do LOVE dragon fruit! Too bad that I can’t really get it often. It is kind of rare here. I really like the pictures, they are so appealing, it makes me almost drool ;)

  4. Posted 5 Feb ’11 at 15:20 | #

    Beautiful, so vibrant and just oozes health! Putting dragon fruit on my shopping list :)

  5. Posted 5 Feb ’11 at 16:17 | #

    wow! i must get my hands on some of this fruit. i have never even seen it before.
    coincidentally, i just yesterday ordered a book about an alkalizing diet. i’m so excited to start reading it. thanks for another great guest post!

  6. Posted 5 Feb ’11 at 17:00 | #

    Truly gorgeous photography. And the recipes sound divine.

  7. Janet
    Posted 5 Feb ’11 at 17:38 | #

    It felt great reading about how nutritious dragon fruit is, I’m crazy about that fruit! One thing I’d love to know is if it is also low on sugar?

  8. Posted 5 Feb ’11 at 22:41 | #

    Hi Everyone, thank you sooooo much for the kind remarks. In answer to your question Janet….A dragon fruit of approx 100 grams contains 8 grams of naturally occurring simple sugar and is comprised of only simple carbohydrates, the better carbs! In comparison 1 cup of Pineapple has 17.8g of sugar, very high indeed! Dragon fruit is high in fibre thus helps to slow digestion, limiting the flood of sugar energy into the cells. And if you enjoy the fruit after exercising your body will use the energy up! So don’t worry about the sugar when eaten in moderation unless you are a diabetic and even then dragon fruit can help with diabetes blood glucose control. Read more here http://diabeticlifediet.com/my_diabetic_diet_foods/dragon_fruit_pitaya_fruit/dragon_fruit_health_benefit/dragon_fruit_diabetes.html

  9. Posted 6 Feb ’11 at 02:49 | #

    Your photos are beautiful. Thanks for the dragon fruit creme recipe, I’ve been looking for dragon fruit recipes for a while now!

  10. Caroline
    Posted 6 Feb ’11 at 15:41 | #

    How exciting to see dragon fruit incorporated in a recipe. The creme sounds amazing! Gorgeous photos!

  11. Posted 6 Feb ’11 at 17:32 | #

    Stunning photographs Julie!!! This recipe looks fabulous and I love how exotic the dragon fruit looks! Who knew? I would never have thought to use a dragon fruit. Makes any salad seem like something extra special. Thank you.

  12. Posted 7 Feb ’11 at 05:43 | #

    I am a huge believer in the importance of alkaline foods. I love the dragon fruit creme! You totally inspired me to try this. Lovely pics and lovely recipes. Thanks!

  13. Posted 7 Feb ’11 at 17:11 | #

    Wow, both of those dishes look gorgeous! I’d love to try making the “creme” though!

  14. Posted 8 Feb ’11 at 06:48 | #

    This is SO beautiful. I sincerely hope I run across some Dragon Fruit soon!

  15. Posted 9 Feb ’11 at 05:27 | #

    Yumm!! Love dragon fruit!!

  16. Posted 10 Feb ’11 at 08:14 | #

    The salad and the photos are amazing! But I never tried the Dragon fruit before… I guess the search for one is on :)

    P.S. I hope you are having great time on your trip! But just wanted to say hello and tell you that I really miss your recipes…

  17. Posted 10 Feb ’11 at 14:50 | #

    That looks just delicious!

    Fresh fruits and vegetables are full of important vitamines, minerals and enzymes…

  18. Posted 10 Feb ’11 at 20:04 | #

    That dragon fruit is stunning! I have heard of it, but this is the first time seeing. It brings such life to these photos!

  19. Posted 14 Feb ’11 at 15:49 | #

    Dragonfruit comes in two varieties. The ones with red flesh is must sweeter. Beautiful food photo.

  20. Posted 8 Mar ’11 at 01:00 | #

    This is so beautiful. Now I’m itching to try dragon fruit. This recipe looks perfect.

  21. Posted 8 Mar ’11 at 04:21 | #

    I am definitely going to be on the lookout for dragonfruit at our huge Asian food market here in Houston. I did a post the other day on Pumelo. My kids and I love going to the market and choosing something new and exotic (to us) that we’ve never tried before. Thank you for all of this new info. on the alkaline diet.

  22. Posted 10 Mar ’11 at 02:01 | #

    Such beautiful photos. I adore dragon fruit! Sadly, I haven’t had any in over a year, since we last visited Mexico and enjoyed some with a lovely dessert one night. This post reminded me how much I miss it! Will have to search some out soon.

  23. Tosha
    Posted 17 Mar ’11 at 20:35 | #

    These recipies look so good! I love dragon fruit but here in Bermuda it is quite the luxury at $8+ dollars a pound!
    So i probably wont be trying this recipe but i do love dragon fruit.

    • Posted 18 Mar ’11 at 09:54 | #

      Thank you Tosha! That sure is expensive, maybe one day you will travel to Asia. Here you can buy a big bag of them for the same price ;)
      /Luise

  24. Posted 29 Mar ’12 at 15:50 | #

    gorgeous!!!!

  25. Posted 25 Jul ’13 at 01:34 | #

    Oh, that salad is one of the most GORGEOUS things I’ve seen you make!! The colors are stunning!! It sounds delicious and I’ll definitely have to give this a try because I’ve never had macadamia nuts in a dessert, and they’re SO yummy!! I had featured u in the post of Top 7 Super Yummy Fruit Recipes onAllFreshRecipes,expect ur refreshing Eats!

  26. Posted 17 Aug ’15 at 02:49 | #

    Thanks for the tip about the fruit recipes. I just tried dragon fruit the first time. Here are my experiences http://earthlychow.com/enter-the-dragon-fruit

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