Surprise and delight your taste buds by combining dragon fruit with creamy avocado for a refreshing guacamole served individually in a dragon fruit shell.
There are a variety of fruit “flavored” guacamole recipes that use mango, pineapple, and even banana (has anyone tried this, by the way?). But I’d have to say the dragon fruit prevails when it comes to making guac. Best of all, you can use the leftover dragon fruit shells to serve your guacamole in, making clean up a total breeze. Since they also happen to look super cute, the shells make the perfect “serving-ware” for potlucks, picnics, or for when you have company coming.
If you’ve never had dragon fruit before (also called “pitaya” in Latin America), the exotic, spiky, cactus-looking shell can seem intimidating at first. But it’s super easy to prepare— just slice it right down the middle and scoop out the flesh, as you would a mango or avocado (the only difference is that dragon fruit doesn’t have a pit).
Although the bright pink color of dragon fruit can make it appear to be sweet, dragon fruit is actually only slightly sweet and a little sour. The subtle but pleasant taste makes it perfect for adding to homemade salsas and salads. It’s also pretty juicy. As far as texture goes, dragon fruit flesh is soft like mango or kiwi.
If you ask me, the combination of this juicy tropical fruit with traditional guacamole ingredients— buttery avocado, cilantro, lemon juice, and red onion—is unbeatable.
Unripe dragon fruit tastes crunchy and bland, so be sure to use a ripe dragon fruit for this recipe, otherwise, it might not taste that great. You can tell if a dragon fruit is unripe because it will be quite firm on the outside. A ripe dragon fruit should be slightly soft and have an even, bright pink color, with no brown splotches on the skin.
Dragon fruit is in season during the early summer through to fall, so be sure to pin this recipe for the next time you see dragon fruit in your local grocery stores! As always, if you make this recipe, I’d love to hear how you liked it in the comments below.
Dragon Fruit Guacamole
When life gives you dragon fruit, make guacamole. Surprise and delight your taste buds by combining this slightly sweet, juicy fruit with creamy avocado, cilantro, red onion, and lemon juice. Ready in 10 minutes!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 4-6 servings
- Category: Snack, Gluten Free, Vegan
- Method: Mix
- Cuisine: American
- 3 Haas avocados
- 1/2 dragon fruit, peeled and diced, about 1/2 cup
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/3 cup chopped red onion
- 1/2 lemon, juiced, about 2 1/2 tablespoons
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- Cut each avocado in half lengthwise. Remove the pit from the avocado and discard. Remove the avocado from the skin, and place the avocado flesh in a bowl. Using a fork, smash until chunky.
- Cut dragon fruit in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the fruit meat and cut into small cubes.
- Add the dragon fruit, cilantro, red onion, lemon juice, salt and pepper to the bowl. Fold the ingredients into the guacamole. Taste and add more salt and pepper if desired. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.
The dragon fruit guacamole can be stored in the fridge for up to one week. When you enjoy the leftovers, just remember that you put dragon fruit in your guacamole, it’s not mold. 😀