Ginormous Fruit Salad

December 2, 2007 | Chuck
Fresh Fruit Salad

I present to you Hungry Bear's ginormous fruit salad. On Thanksgiving, we had the latest version of her giant fruit salad with cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, pineapple, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, kiwis, persimmons and mandarin oranges. The fruit selection is usually seasonal, but we are fortunate to get good fruit year round in San Francisco.

Similar to Hungry Bear's Chinese sticky rice, the mega fruit salad is a featured item at our holiday feasts. You maybe asking, "Is it really that big?" Yes, the fruit salad is humongous. We actually weighed it this time and the fruit came in at 20 lbs! The bowl is 6.5 inches deep and has a diameter of 14 inches. That's a lot of fruit capacity... 3.1 gallons!

Why is there so much fruit salad? I often ask this question myself. It's not like she's feeding a football team. At most, there are 15 people at our largest gatherings, with plenty of other food and desserts. The reason why there is so much fruit starts with Hungry Bear's refusal to buy half a melon because it's not as fresh. She typically begins with a whole cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon and pineapple, which is a lot of fruit. Next, to balance the flavors (sweet versus tart) and colors, a lot of berries and tropical fruit are required, which yields a 20 lb fruit salad.

Hungry Bear's love for leftovers is the ultimate reason why all dishes are bear-sized, i.e. quadrupled. On Thanksgiving, the fruit salad was a huge hit as always. It was very refreshing after a heavy meal and a great interlude before the apple, pumpkin and pecan pies. We had a ton of leftover fruit and everyone was more than happy to take some home.

Now you have the story of Hungry Bear's ginormous fruit salad!

Cool Kiwi

[tags]fruit salad, fruit, strawberries, kiwis, blueberries, mandarin oranges, bear size, melons, raspberries[/tags]

8 Comments on “Ginormous Fruit Salad”

  1. East Coast Lover of SND said:

    I think even Hungry Bear has outdone herself, because I’ve been fortunate to enjoy her humongous fruit salads in the past, but this one really takes the cake! It looks so delicious. The photography on this page is outstanding too; I can’t tell if the fruit is really that fresh or if you sprinkled some magic photoshop fruit freshener on the salad:) – it’s really spectacular though (and ginormous). Very nice!

  2. Chuck said:

    Finally, someone shows appreciation for the ginormous fruit salad! Thanks East Coast.

    No photoshop fruit freshener required with the salad. Believe it or not the untouched photos are taken with our simple point-and-shoot Canon SD500. It’s amazing what you can do with good natural lighting and a steady hand/gorillapod!

  3. Blue Momma said:

    I did a search for a fruit salad recipe and found your site. That salad looks WONDERFUL!!!!! The photos are beautiful and my mouth is now watering for a big bite of delicious fruit. Hungry Bear can bring that salad to my house anytime!!!!

  4. Tish said:


    that looks so good!

  5. The Salad is so fresh looking I have a client that wants to know if we can reproduce it
    if you have a moment could you please contact me at

  6. A said:

    can i copy the picture? for a project

  7. Darlene said:

    Ginormis fruit salad….would love the recipe. it would be great for our many pot luck dinner’s.


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