30 Kiwi Recipes That Make a Delicious Case for the Underrated Fruit

It’s tough describing the taste of a kiwi: It’s sort of like a cross between a sweet mango, juicy strawberry and tart pineapple. Despite kiwi’s tropical flavor that tends to remind us of summer, kiwi season varies based on where it’s grown. In California, kiwi is at peak deliciousness from September to November, while New Zealand kiwis are harvested from late spring through fall. No matter where they come from, kiwis make a sweet-tart addition to salads, desserts and smoothies alike. Read on for 30 kiwi recipes to whip up at home.

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1. Green Smoothie Bowl With Kiwi And Coconut

Show us a bowl of oatmeal that looks this gorgeous. We’ll wait. Thanks to banana and apple in the mix, you’ll barely taste all the spinach.

2. Watermelon-kiwi Ice Pops

Three ingredients + paper cups + your trusty freezer = your new favorite way to cool off on a hot summer day.

3. Fruicuterie Board

Of course, you can always add cured meats (like prosciutto and salami) if you’d prefer, but we like letting fresh produce shine on its own. Both fuzzy and golden kiwis make a cameo here.

4. Kiwi-lime Sorbet

Behold: The most refreshing warm-weather dessert of all time. Don’t the seeds make for such a pretty scoop?

5. Jerk Salmon Tacos With Kiwi-pomegranate Salsa

Warm-spiced fish meets sweet-tart salsa and jalapeño goat cheese for an unconventional taco that’s bound to impress.

6. Winter Fruit Salad

Bring on the pineapple, pomegranate and fresh citrus. (Fair warning: You’ll want to put the honey-poppy seed dressing on every salad you ever make.)

7. Kiwi Caipiroska

We’re cooled off just looking at it. It’s similar to a Brazilian caipirinha, except the main spirit is vodka instead of cachaça.

8. Kiwi Sorbet With Coconut

The secret ingredient here is Key lime juice, which is sweet-tart and less acidic than standard lime juice.

9. Mango Kiwi Lemonade Popsicles

We think the sliced fruit suspended in frozen lemonade is appealing, but feel free to blend everything together before filling the ice pop molds.

10. Hawaiian Tequila Chicken Salad With Pineapple Vinaigrette

Any dish starring grilled pineapple is a dish we want to devour. Just wait until you taste the pineapple dressing made with spicy ginger and creamy peanut butter.

11. Strawberry, Mango And Kiwi Spinach Salad

Spinach, strawberries and goat cheese is a classic combination…but it’s a bit played out. Adding mango, kiwi and avocado gives the salad a tropical twist.

12. Cold Remedy Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

Your favorite Snapple flavor, only way healthier. This smoothie packs a major punch of vitamin C and potassium, thanks to orange and banana.

13. Green Banana Crepes With Whipped Greek Yogurt

The yogurt topping is infused with coconut milk, maple syrup and vanilla bean, so this gorgeous breakfast is bordering on dessert territory.

14. Kiwi Margaritas

Go the extra mile by finding kiwi berries to use as a garnish—they make for the most Insta-worthy finishing touch.

15. Flat-iron Carne Asada

Like pineapples, kiwis contain an enzyme that tenderizes meat. Combined with acidic lime juice in the marinade, it’s the key to this melt-in-your-mouth steak.

16. Green Kiwi Smoothie

Even your kids won’t notice the kale between the fresh fruit, orange juice and honey.

17. Protein-packed Rainbow Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowls

Go ahead and riff on the toppings as you please, but we love the inclusion of chia seeds and granola for extra crunch.

18. Crab Cake Sliders With Pineapple-kiwi Salsa

Complete with a schmear of spicy lime yogurt spread. (Substituting homemade tartar sauce, sriracha mayo or remoulade would be just as drool-worthy, BTW.)

19. Blueberry Kiwi Smoothie

Plump blueberries hold down the fort for classic strawberries in this morning sipper. Mint leaves offer an extra dose of freshness, while hemp seeds pack it with protein.

20. Grilled Jerk Chicken Tacos With Gold Kiwifruit Salsa

Fire up the grill one last time to make this 45-minute handheld. Oh, and pass the sweet coconut plantains, please.

21. Greek Yogurt Fruit Tart

Shoutout to Medjool dates and raw cashews for creating the easiest, tastiest gluten-free tart crust of all time.

22. Tropical Kiwi-strawberry Spring Rolls

Five words: Vanilla. Lime. Honey. Dipping. Sauce.

23. Blue Lagoon Smoothie

Spirulina (a blue-green algae that’s loaded with protein, iron and other nutrients) is the secret to this smoothie’s beach-inspired hue, along with fresh blueberries.

24. Grilled Fish Tacos With Kiwi-jalapeño Salsa

Mild, flaky tilapia is a solid choice, but you could also use flounder, cod, haddock or even salmon.

25. Frozen Kiwi Daiquiris

Add a few glugs of pineapple juice or mango nectar to boost these cocktails’ fruitiness or toss some fresh mint into the blender for a mojito-style bev.

26. Easy Cereal Parfaits

Your kids’ new favorite breakfast. Dig into three flavors of fruity yogurt layered between fresh fruit and berry-flavored Cheerios.

27. Kiwi Agua Fresca

One sip and you’re strolling down a Mexican beach without a care in the world. (Did we mention you’ll only need two ingredients to pull it off?)

28. Kiwi-lime Curd Fool With Blackberries

This citrusy treat has fancy alfresco dinner party written all over it. Finish each fool with sliced kiwi, blackberries and fresh mint.

29. Fruit Salsa With Cinnamon Chips

A mélange of berries and kiwi are tossed in lime juice and honey before being served with crispy, buttery cinnamon tortilla chips.

30. Brownie Pizza

Sour cream in the brownie crust guarantees its moist, fudgy texture. The cream cheese frosting is just a bonus.

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Food Editor

Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...