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Creamy Fruit Salad (Korean Style)

Korean style creamy fruit salad recipe.

Learn how to make this quick and easy creamy fruit salad. This Korean style fruit salad is a great side dish that goes well with both western style and oriental style meals. It is full of savory and sweet flavor too!

Korean fruit salad on a blue plate

Have you tried Korean style creamy fruit salad before?

When I was growing up, I often tasted this fruit salad at a festive dining table. These special occasions include a birthday party, wedding reception, new year’s day and harvest festival day and so on.

While some Korean families still make this salad at home, you don’t see it as often nowadays. I don’t know why! So I’m sharing the recipe here as my personal time capsule item. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What is in Korean Style Fruit Salad

The Korean name for fruit salad is ๊ณผ์ผ ์ƒ๋Ÿฌ๋“œ (gwail saelleodeu), but it’s also commonly known as ์‚ฌ๋ผ๋‹ค (sarada), which is a Japanese term for salad. 

It often consists of cubed apples, persimmons, mandarin oranges, cucumbers, peanuts, hard boiled quail’s eggs and raisins. So it’s more than just pure fruit salad!

Chopped ingrediens for korean fruit salad

For sure, you can vary the salad contents with your choice of fruit, nuts and proteins according to your preference. And here are some additional / alternative options.

  • imitation crab (surimi)
  • sweet corn (from a tin)
  • dried cranberries
  • chestnuts

Try to prepare all these ingredients in even sizes. If you cut things too small, it can be quite annoying to grip and eat. I sometimes make that mistake with cucumber! 

Creamy fruit salad mayo dressing in a bowl

Once the ingredients are prepared they are then mixed with creamy mayonnaise. I have tried Kewpie mayonnaise as well as Heinz original mayonnaise in this recipe and they both worked well. 

Also, some people like to add some sugar or honey to enhance the sweet taste. So, overall, the salad has a good balance of sweet and savory flavor.

I particularly love the taste of raisins and roasted peanuts in this salad. When combined with fruit, they give a nice surprise taste and texture.

Anyway, I hope you like it! Also, don’t forget to tell me what was your favorite part of this salad!

P.S. If you like this salad, you might also like these salads too. Shredded Chicken Salad with Sesame Mayo Dressing and Crab Salad in Cucumber Boats

Ingredients for Korean Fruit Salad

Main

  • 1 persimmon, peeled, core & stem removed, cubed
  • 1 mandarin orange, peeled & separated
  • 1 cucumber, seeded & cubed
  • 1 apple, (use red apple varieties), core removed, cubed
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup roasted salted peanuts or other nuts of your choice

Creamy Fruit Salad Dressing

  • 5 Tbsp mayonnaise, regular
  • 1 – 1.5 tsp honey, adjust per your preference
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • fine sea salt (optional)

*1 Tbsp = 15 ml, 1 Cup = 250 ml

How to Make Creamy Fruit Salad (Korean Style)

  1. Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Mix them well and set aside. Combine the main ingredients in a medium size mixing bowl. Pour over the salad dressing and gently toss to coat. Serve.

Creamy fruit salad in a glass bowl

Creamy fruit salad on a blue plate

How to Store Creamy Fruit Salad

You can store unused fruit salad in the fridge for a day or two. Store it in an air tight container. Prior to serving, mix the salad well to coat with the sauce evenly.

In some cases, you may notice very lightly browned apples. It’s not as obvious as it is covered with acidic dressing, which helps with slowing down of the browning.

That being said, if you want some more tips on how to prevent browning apples, check this article. Also, chop the apple last once all the other ingredients are ready.

Korean fruit salad on a blue plate

Creamy Fruit Salad (Korean Style)

Easy Korean Style Creamy Fruit Salad
4.5 from 2 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Side dishes
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: creamy fruit salad, fruit salad, korean fruit salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 118

Ingredients

MAIN

  • 1 persimmon , peeled, core & stem removed, cubed
  • 1 mandarin orange , peeled & separated
  • 1 cucumber , seeded & cubed
  • 1 apple (use red apple varieties), core removed, cubed
  • 1 raisins
  • 1 roasted salted peanuts or other nuts of your choice

CREAMY FRUIT SALAD DRESSING

  • 5 Tbsp mayonnaise , regular
  • 1 - 1.5 tsp honey , adjust per your preference
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • fine sea salt (optional)

Instructions

  • Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Mix them well and set aside. Combine the main ingredients in a medium size mixing bowl. Pour over the salad dressing and gently toss to coat. Serve.

Notes

*1 Tbsp = 15 ml, 1 Cup = 250 ml

Nutrition

Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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Written by: Sue

Last Updated: May 18, 2019

Hi, I'm Sue and I am the creator of My Korean Kitchen. Thank you for joining me in this delicious culinary journey!

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5 thoughts on “Creamy Fruit Salad (Korean Style)”

  1. Hi Sue, I make this salad alot during summer, especially when having bbqs. I donโ€™t use the persimmons(hubby doesnt like them, lol). Being from Hawaii I do use macadamia nuts and pineapples. I also have used toasted coconut to add another flavor. Thank you for your blog, enjoy learning new food recipes, and techniques.

  2. Very unusual. I would have never thought about adding Mayonnaise. Interesting. Love the persimmon but not the honey or sugar idea but you did say it was optional. Korea has high levels of type 2 diabetes. For sure adding salt makes a fruit salad tastier and cuts the bitterness. Some people add lime instead of salt which also works nicely.

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