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Fancy Fruit Platter

Photo: Jeffrey Cross; Food Styling: Karen Shinto
Total time 1 hr
Yield Serves 4 to 6
This simple and beautiful way to serve a fruit salad was inspired by the fruit-vendor carts on city streets in Mexico.


  • 1 coconut
  • 1 mango, peeled, pitted, and cut into large chunks
  • 1 papaya, peeled, seeded, and cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into large chunks
  • 2 limes, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne

Nutrition Information

  • calories 304
  • caloriesfromfat 66 %
  • protein 2.9 g
  • fat 22 g
  • satfat 20 g
  • carbohydrate 29 g
  • fiber 8.8 g
  • sodium 776 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Use an ice pick or screwdriver and a hammer to pierce the eyes of the coconut. Set coconut, eyes down, in a colander set into a bowl to drain (the coconut's milk is great to sip). Place coconut in oven on a baking sheet and bake until cracked around center, about 25 minutes.

  2. Let coconut cool slightly; then, using the claw side of the hammer, tap the coconut all over to break into chunks. Pull off and discard shell, and then pare brown skin from coconut flesh. Cut flesh into large chunks.

  3. Arrange coconut, mango, papaya, pineapple, and limes on a large platter. Combine salt and cayenne in a small bowl and serve alongside fruit for dipping.