“Yankee” Tropical Salad


Patti Villers, Fit Fare – When I was thinking of what to make for this month’s entry, it was the first of May. And when I think May, I think of Mother’s Day and my mother, who used to do a lot of cooking.

She often made this tropical fruit salad for my late father, who I would consider a Connecticut Yankee. He liked particular things that his mother had made, and this quick and easy salad was just up his alley!

So my mother prepared it for him on a regular basis. But for some reason she would never eat it. Something about shredded coconut…

She still doesn’t eat coconut. But if you don’t use too much, the flavor doesn’t permeate the fresh fruit.



  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced thin
  • 2 navel oranges, cut in chunks
  • 2 tbsp. shredded coconut
  • splash of orange juice, with pulp

Take a baking dish or casserole dish and layer bananas and orange chunks. Sprinkle with coconut, and add just a splash of OJ.

Let chill for at least an hour before serving.

It’s a refreshing and light ending to a meal. I enjoy it, now I will see if my spouse likes it too.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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