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This tropical red fruit with scales has become more and more popular over the years. It has a sweet taste that’s similar to a kiwi or a pear, and it provides a good amount of magnesium and antioxidants. Here are 10 recipes that will surely get you hooked on this unique fruit!

1. Dragon Fruit Smoothie

Dragon Fruit Smoothie

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How can all these benefits be taken advantage of in this visually beautiful, exotic fruit? While it may seem a little strange at first, it’s easy to get to the fruit. Simply slice lengthwise and either scoop out the flesh or quarter it and peel back the leathery skin. The flesh inside can be white, red, or yellow, depending on the variety. It’s best eaten chilled, cut into cubes, and added to fruit salad or blended into a refreshing drink or smoothie. This Dragon Fruit Smoothie by Lena Ropp is spectacular!

2. Dragon Fruit Lemonade Frappe

Dragon Fruit Lemonade Frappe

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Move over açaí, dragon fruit (also known as pitaya) is the new rage on TikTok. This exotic fruit is a gorgeous magenta color and has cute little black seeds. It’s the perfect addition to any drink or smoothie bowl. You have to try this Dragon Fruit Lemonade Frappe by Valentina Mussi.

Excerpted fromThe Unofficial TikTok Cookbookby Valentina MussiCopyright © 2021 by The Sweetportfolio Company, Inc.Photographs by Harper Point Photography. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

3. Raspberry and Dragon Fruit Mousse Cake

Raspberry and Dragon Fruit Mousse Cake

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This Raspberry and Dragon Fruit Mousse Cake by Leno Regushadze is an amazing dessert experience. Melt-in-your-mouth and sweet, with a dark chocolate drizzle, it gets its mousse-like texture from cashews and its flavor from fresh, juicy dragon fruit and raspberries. You’ve got to try it to believe it. Healthy and flavorful — what’s not to love here?

4. Dragon Fruit Summer Rolls

Dragon Fruit Summer Rolls

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Rice paper can be fun, and affordable, and ultimately makes eating fruits and veggies more interesting! These Dragon Fruit Summer Rolls by Gabrielle St. Claire are not to be missed!

5. Sparkling Dragon Fruit Margarita

Sparkling Dragon Fruit Margarita

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Summer will be pretty in pink with this refreshing drink. This Sparkling Dragon Fruit Margarita by Adam Merrin and Ryan Alvarez isn’t just beautiful, they are delicious, too. Made with pink dragon fruit purée, freshly-squeezed lime juice, silver tequila, triple sec, and simple syrup, a splash of club soda is added to sparkle things up. Making this cocktail without the dragon fruit won’t change the flavor, it just won’t have the alluring neon pink glow.

6. Dragon Fruit Rainbow Rolls

Dragon Fruit Rainbow Rolls

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These bright and beautiful Dragon Fruit Rainbow Rolls by Travis Piper are simple but eye-catching. Shredded carrots, avocado, cucumber slices, fresh basil, and, the pièce de résistance: dragon fruit-marinaded rice noodles, are rolled up in a rice paper wrap. They’re fresh, filling, and served with a peanut butter dipping sauce whose sweet and spicy flavors can be adjusted to your liking.

7. Dragon Fruit Cheesecake With Coconut Oat Crust

Dragon Fruit Cheesecake With Coconut Oat Crust

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This Dragon Fruit Cheesecake With Coconut Oat Crust by Travis Piper has an excellent tropical flavor punctuated by the perfect deep pink color, thanks to dragon fruit. The filling, made from vegan cream cheese and cashews, has a rather New York-style cheesecake consistency that will knock your socks off.

8. Raw Dragon Fruit Cheesecake Bars

Raw Dragon Fruit Cheesecake Bars

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Sometimes you need to treat yourself to a little dessert. These Raw Dragon Fruit Cheesecake Bars by Jess Hoffman are perfect for stashing in your freezer whenever you get those cravings for something sweet! The crust of this cheesecake is a raw brownie base and the topping is a mix of dragon fruit and raspberry to give them a tropical feel — not to mention, a beautiful Fuschia color!

9. Raw Triple Layer Mango Dragon Fruit Cake

Raw Triple Layer Mango Dragon Fruit Cake

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Want to have your cake and eat it, too? This colorful raw dessert is right up your alley. It’s a triple threat of creamy coconut, sweet mango, and luscious pink dragon fruit layers on a crust made from dried fruit, coconut, and almond. This Raw Triple Layer Mango Dragon Fruit Cake by Katie Culpin and Josh Bailey is best straight out of the freezer — and you’ll probably have a hard time resisting grabbing a taste before it’s set.

10. Vibrant Dragon Fruit Coconut Rice

Vibrant Dragon Fruit Coconut Rice

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This Vibrant Dragon Fruit Coconut Rice by Gabrielle St. Claire was inspired by a craving for coconut rice, but is a bit more on the sweeter side and has a pop of color. It’s sweet and sticky, as coconut rice should be, with a bit of fruity flavor from the dragonfruit. Serve topped with black sesame seeds, an additional squeeze of lime juice, and sliced avocado.

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