“Flavorful” and “salad” are usually not two words that you see together, but we have a wonderful change of pace for you. This Thai Fruit Salad packs a punch, loaded with marinaded grapefruit, leafy watercress, and magnificent mango. It’s tossed with an amazing Thai-flavor-infused dressing that’s filled with so much tantalizing flavor. Doesn’t that just make your mouth water thinking about it? Thai Fruit Salad is a gorgeous and delicious addition to your summer salad menu.

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For the dressing:

  • 4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup very fine sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange blossom water
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and cut into very thin strips
  • 1 red chili, deseeded and cut into thin strips
  • 2 large grapefruits, peeled and cut into small pieces
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For the salad:

  • 1 mango, diced
  • 2 cups watercress
  • 2 teaspoons peanut oil
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons black or white sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, roasted
  • salt, to taste


Step 1 –In a large bowl, add the rice wine vinegar and the fine sugar, whisking until it is combined and the fine sugar is mostly dissolved.

Step 2 –Add the orange blossom water, the star anise, the cinnamon stick, the ginger, and the chili to the dressing and stir to combine.

Step 3 –Add the grapefruit pieces to the dressing, gently stirring to combine, and allow them to marinate, about 30 minutes.

Step 4 –Use a slotted spoon to remove and discard the star anise and the cinnamon stick from the dressing.

Step 5 –Drain the grapefruit pieces from the dressing.

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Step 6 –Reserve 2 tablespoons of the dressing, discarding the remainder.

Step 7 –In a large bowl, add the marinated grapefruit pieces, the mango, the watercress, the peanut oil, and the lime juice and toss to combine.

Step 8 –Transfer the salad to a large bowl.

Step 9 –Add the reserved dressing, the sliced shallot, the sesame seeds, the peanuts, and the salt to the top of the salad.

Step 10 –Plate and serve.