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Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad with Sherbet – Tropical Dessert

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Served in a pineapple boat, fresh fruit is tossed together then topped with a few scoops of your favorite flavor sherbet in this deliciously refreshing Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad recipe.

Summer is here and already the temperatures here in Alabama have been hovering near the mid-90’s. Add in the humidity, and you feel like you are in a sauna as soon as you step out the door! This fantastic pineapple boat fruit salad topped with sherbet is a wonderful way to have you feeling like you are on a tropical island instead!

Served in a pineapple boat, fresh fruit is tossed together then topped with a few scoops of your favorite flavor sherbet in this deliciously refreshing Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad recipe.

When I was 13 years old, my father took my sister and me to Hawaii. We visited the Big Island, Kauai and Oahu. In addition to the beautiful scenery, one thing that has always stuck in my mind was this amazingly delicious fruit salad I’d get as a late night treat at one of the hotels.

I call it a treat because the fresh fruit salad was served in a pineapple boat and then, instead of being topped with coconut or a sweet dressing, it was topped with scoops of sherbet! The sherbet would slowly melt over the fruit, and it all tasted so darn good! Hmmmm, perhaps it should’ve been called a Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad Sundae instead?

Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad

Despite how much I loved that fruit salad in a pineapple boat, I’ve never tried to recreate it, until now. I think you’ll enjoy this Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad as much as I! It’s pretty to look at, easy-to-make, and oh, so good!

And if cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew isn’t your thing, use bananas, grapes and raspberries instead. You can really use any fruit – and any sherbet or ice cream – you want. That’s another beautiful things about this fruit salad, it’s extremely versatile. I bet it’d also taste great topped with ice cream and some chocolate syrup!

So are you ready to make your Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad…err, Sundae?

Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad

Ingredients to Make a Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad

1 whole Pineapple, as ripe as you can find
1/2 cup honeydew melon chunks
1/2 cup cantaloupe chunks
1/2 cup watermelon chunks
1/3 cup Blueberries
1/3 cup Strawberries, halved
1/2 cup Pineapple, Chunks
2-3 Scoops Favorite Sherbet

Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad ingredients

Instructions To Make A Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad

Before cutting, turn the pineapple to find the most attractive and stable way for it to lie flat, without it rolling over.

Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad pick a ripe pineapple

Next, using a very sharp, large knife, cut the pineapple lengthwise. I personally prefer to cut off about 1/3 of the fruit instead of cutting it into two equal halves. This way the stem remains intact and the ‘boat’ is nice and deep. However, it’s all personal preference! If you want equal halves or to make two boats, then cut the pineapple in half – trying as much as possible to go right down the middle of the crown.

Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad cut one third off lengthwise

Now using a smaller sharp knife, remove any fruit from the smaller section, eat it and then throw away the outer peel.

Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad cut along the inside perimeter

To remove the fruit from the larger section, begin by making a cut around the perimeter of the fruit about 1/2 inch in from the outside edge. This will give you a nice rim for support. Be sure to aim your knife at a diagonal towards the inside of the fruit while you are cutting. And watch that you don’t cut too deep as you don’t want the knife piercing through the skin.

Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad score the fruit to dice it, then remove with a large spoon

Next, score the pineapple as if you’re dicing it, then scoop out the fruit with a large spoon. Don’t throw the chunks away. Place them into a large bowl for later use.

Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad pour out juice, scrape sides clean with spoon

See that yummy juice and those shreds left inside the pineapple shell? Pour the juice into a cup, and then use the spoon to carefully scrape the shreds off the sides. Now you can drink the juice and eat the shreds while admiring the awesome pineapple boat you just created! Now on to the other fruit.

Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad dice honeydew

Cut the honeydew melon into bite-sized pieces, tossing the pieces into the large bowl with the pineapple.

Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad dice cantaloupe

Same with the cantaloupe…

Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad dice watermelon

and the watermelon.

Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad add berries

Throw in the strawberries, and add the blueberries. Now toss it all together….

Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad toss to mix

Use a slotted spoon to scoop the fruit chunks into the pineapple shell.

Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad use large slotted spoon to place fruit salad into pineapple

Isn’t it pretty and colorful?!

Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad so colorful!

If you don’t need it right away, just cover it with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge. When you are ready to serve it, top with 2 or 3 scoops of your favorite flavor sherbet  – I used rainbow – dig in and enjoy!

Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad add scoops of sherbet and enjoy

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Yield: 2 boats

Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad

Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad

Served in a pineapple boat, fresh fruit is tossed together then topped with a few scoops of your favorite flavor sherbet in this deliciously refreshing Pineapple Boat Fruit Salad recipe.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 whole Pineapple, as ripe as you can find
  • 1/2 cup honeydew melon chunks
  • 1/2 cup cantaloupe chunks
  • 1/2 cup watermelon chunks
  • 1/3 cup Blueberries
  • 1/3 cup Strawberries, halved
  • 1/2 cup Pineapple, Chunks
  • 2-3 Scoops Favorite Sherbet

Instructions

  1. Before cutting, turn the pineapple to find the most attractive and stable way for it to lie flat, without it rolling over.
  2. Next, using a very sharp, large knife, cut the pineapple lengthwise - either into 2 equal halves, or about 1/3 of the way through. Whichever you prefer. Make sure to leave as much of the stem intact as possible.
  3. Using a smaller sharp knife, remove the fruit from the larger section by making a cut around the perimeter of the fruit about 1/2 inch in from the outside edge.
  4. Next, score the pineapple as if you're dicing it, and scoop out the fruit with a large spoon.
  5. Place the chunks into a large bowl for later use.
  6. Pour out any excess juice, and use the spoon to carefully scrape the shreds off the sides.
  7. Cut the other fruits into bite-sized pieces, tossing the pieces into the large bowl with the pineapple.
  8. Add in the strawberries and blueberries.
  9. Toss the fruit to mix it up.
  10. Then use a large slotted spoon to scoop the fruit chunks into the pineapple shell.
  11. Top with 2 or 3 scoops of your favorite flavor sherbet and enjoy!

Notes

If you don’t plan on serving it right away, just cover it with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1 pineapple boat

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 462Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 119mgCarbohydrates: 104gFiber: 7gSugar: 84gProtein: 4g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.

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Ana Ojha

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

Anything inside pineapple is divine! This salad looks so colorful and healthy! It would be great for summers!

Alaina Bullock

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

I agree! Pineapple is amazing!

Echo

Monday 19th of June 2017

This looks so delicious and fun! Fresh pineapple is my favorite!

Alaina Bullock

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

Thanks! It was fun to make, and even more fun to serve!

Tina Gleisner

Monday 19th of June 2017

Some great ideas here as I've always done a watermelon basket so like being able to change things & for smaller gatherings, the pineapple makes more sense. Also like putting the sherbet on top as usually it's hiding underneath

Alaina Bullock

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

Thank you! I haven't yet tried to do a watermelon basket, but I've been wanting to!

Sarah Bailey

Monday 19th of June 2017

Oh my goodness this sounds like the most delicious fruit salad, I have to admit I am a huge fan of all things fruit in summer.

Alaina Bullock

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

I am the same way! And it is delicious! Give it a try!

Maria Magdalena

Monday 19th of June 2017

it's a tropical fruit. Love this fruit so much.

Alaina Bullock

Tuesday 20th of June 2017

Thank you!

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