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Tico Tropical Salad

In the tropical Nicoya Peninsula, locals have year-round access to fresh fruits and vegetables, which might explain some of their extraordinary longevity. Indeed, tropical fruits offer more heart-healthy potassium and folate than the more common citrus fruits do. This sweet and exotic mix will provide you with a daily dose of phytonutrients and fiber.

Cook Time:
15 minutes

Tico Tropical Salad Recipe


1 cup papaya, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1⁄2-inch dice
2 bananas, cut into 1⁄2-inch dice
2 cups melon (any variety, like honeydew or watermelon), cut into 1⁄2-inch dice
1 cup pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1⁄2-inch dice
1 tablespoon honey
Juice of 1⁄2 lime
Chopped nuts or shredded coconut (optional)


In a large bowl, mix fruit together.
In a separate small bowl, whisk together honey and lime juice until combined. Then pour over fruit and gently mix to distribute dressing.
Top with chopped nuts or shredded coconut, if desired, and serve cold.

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