Coconut Berry Salad Recipe

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Enjoy in-season berries in this deliciously simple Coconut Berry Salad that can be made in just minutes. It’s the perfect healthy dessert to serve all spring and summer.

two ramekins of Coconut Berry Salad

Berry season has arrived here in California. Last week the kids and I joined some friends for our annual strawberry picking adventure. While the berries aren’t cheap, they’re “almost organic” — and we’re allowed to eat all we want in the field. Good thing, since they’re a pretty penny.

They’re also better than anything I can usually find at the grocery store. Last year, we picked a lot and I had a great time experimenting with strawberries in recipes. (You can find some of those recipes here.)

This week all I’ve been able to think about was this Coconut Berry Salad that my friend Alison made for a Bible study luncheon recently. I had spied the tray of clear plastic cups full of berries and coconut and wasn’t expecting much more than, well, berries and coconut.

I took a bite and was amazed! What a great flavor combination! Alison is always bringing something amazingly delicious to our Bible study luncheons. I intend to recreate her vegetable pesto sandwich soon. Anyway….

Coconut berry salad ingredients

Alison’s version of this salad included:

  • raspberries
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • sweetened coconut shreds
  • candied pecans
  • a little agave.

We also had brownies on the side which were delicious crumbled into the salad.

Since I know so many Good Cheap Eaters are trying to avoid sugar for a variety of reasons, I decided to make the skinnier version of Alison’s Coconut Berry Salad. And guess what?! It’s still just as delicious without the added sweeteners!

So, go whichever direction you like, based on what’s on sale and what you have on hand. Just be sure to load up on lots of fresh berries while they’re in season. This Coconut Berry Salad is the perfect excuse to indulge!

Tips for making this fruit salad with coconut

  1. Buy fruit that is fresh and in-season. The New Food Lover’s Companion is a great resource to help you determine the best fruits to buy. If you’re not sure, ask the produce clerk or the farmer at your farmer’s market.
  2. Cut the fruit into manageable sizes. Folks are more likely to dig into your fruit salad if the fruit is trimmed and cut for easy eating. 

How much does this recipe make?

Please note that this recipe is per person. Multiply accordingly. 😉

Can I cut fruit the night before?

Cutting fruit doesn’t take much time, but it’s nice to have it prepped in advance for quick breakfasts and when you’re entertaining guests. Make-ahead always makes life easier!

Fresh fruit can be cut the night before and stored in a covered container in the refrigerator. Not sure how to cut it? Scroll down for tips on how to cut all kinds of fruit.

How to make this good and cheap:

Here are some of the strategies I use to make this dish more economical:

  • Meal plan around what’s on sale. Check the grocery ads to see what’s on sale this week. Hone in on those fruits and get creative as to how you can turn them into a great berry salad.
  • Do a price comparison. I know that ALDI is the best place for me to buy most produce when there isn’t a great sale elsewhere, but Sprouts can be very competitive. I steer clear of Costco fruit because it tends to be very high priced. I keep track of prices so that I know who has the best deal where. 
  • Check the clearance section. Sometimes you’ll find manager specials that offer you great discounts on fresh produce. There may be a blemish or two that you can easily cut away.
  • Consider signing up with Imperfect Produce, a produce delivery service that partners with growers to get blemished and surplus fruits and vegetables onto your table. 
  • Talk to your local farmers. Head to your farmers market and talk to the growers there. They can let you know when they’ll have best pricing and availability on fruits you enjoy.
  • Check Freecycle or ask around your neighborhood. Believe it or not, folks often have fruit trees that they aren’t harvesting, leaving fruit just to rot. Smart folks will offer it for free to whoever wants to come pick it. Keep your eyes and ears open for these opportunities.

How I make this recipe easy:

A berry salad is a pretty simple dish. You don’t need any fancy equipment. However, having some good basic kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable.

Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs. Here are the tools that I like to use in prepping fruit

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Coconut Berry Salad Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Enjoy in-season berries in this deliciously simple Coconut Berry Salad that can be made in just minutes. It's the perfect healthy dessert to serve all spring and summer.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: berry salad, coconut
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 168.41 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons fresh raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons fresh blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon chopped nuts
Instructions
  1. Layer the ingredients in a serving bowl. Serve chilled.
  2. If desired, you can toss the berries with 1/2 teaspoon agave nectar to add a bit of sweetness.
Recipe Notes
  1. Buy fruit that is fresh and in-season. The New Food Lover’s Companion is a great resource to help you determine the best fruits to buy. If you’re not sure, ask the produce clerk or the farmer at your farmer’s market.
  2. Cut the fruit into manageable sizes. Folks are more likely to dig into your fruit salad if the fruit is trimmed and cut for easy eating. 
Nutrition Facts
Coconut Berry Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 168.41 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.99g14%
Saturated Fat 2.2g14%
Sodium 15.15mg1%
Potassium 309.08mg9%
Carbohydrates 22.6g8%
Fiber 6.18g26%
Sugar 13.69g15%
Protein 3.19g6%
Vitamin C 95.29mg116%
Calcium 23.04mg2%
Iron 1.08mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Comments

  1. I love blueberries AND coconut. Now I can have them together in this yummy, healthy treat.

  2. It looks tasty! I would not mind trying it Jessica. Can I use honey for this recipe?
    Hope all is well with you and your loved ones 🙂

    • Yes, you could use some honey with the berries if you like, though it won’t count for whole 30/sweetener-free.

  3. Amber says

    I make a similar fruit salad that is simply fresh pineapple and shredded coconut. It is even better the second day. Basically it is a pina colada salad ?

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