17 Fresh Kiwi Recipes to Perk Up Your Meal

Rainbow Pops
Photo: Carson Downing

If you've always wanted to know how to eat kiwis for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and your afternoon snack!), then you've come to the right place. This little green fruit packs a lot of power when it comes to livening up mealtime. These kiwi recipes all start with fresh fruit, then get mixed up in mouthwatering smoothies, salads, and entrées that you'll want to make again and again.

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Strawberry-Beef Summer Salad

Strawberry-Beef Summer Salad
Blaine Moats

Yes, you'll have to be a little patient while the steak is marinating, but trust us, it's worth the extra time. Since the steak can marinate for up to 24 hours, you can prep it the night before to speed this kiwi recipe for dinner the next day. Serve with fresh arugula, berries, kiwi, and orange slices to make a healthy and super-delish dinner salad.

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Ginger-Acai Bowls with Almond-Pepita Clusters

Ginger-Acai Bowls
Blaine Moats

The beauty of this ultra-fresh breakfast bowl almost has us stunned. We used blended berries to make the base of this gorgeous smoothie bowl, but you can experiment with adding in other fruits, like kiwi, banana, and mango. To make this bowl truly picture-ready, arrange rows of sliced kiwi, mango, chia seeds, blueberries, and homemade granola on top of the smoothie mixture before dipping your spoon in for a taste.

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Kiwi-Peach Green Smoothies

Kiwi-Peach Green Smoothie
Andy Lyons

These smoothies aren't just green from fresh kiwifruit—we also tossed spinach and avocado into our blender. Don't worry—thanks to peaches, pineapple juice, and kiwi, you'll never notice the veggies hiding in each sip. Drink this healthy green smoothie if you're in need of a quick breakfast on the go, or mix up a few to make a healthy afternoon snack.

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Tropical Fruit Breakfast Parfaits

Tropical Fruit Breakfast Parfaits
Karla Conrad

This kiwi recipe is one you'll look forward to waking to. Yogurt (we like lime or coconut flavor here) is layered with crunchy homemade granola and tropical fruit. Add shredded coconut and/or macadamia nuts for extra crunch and tropical vibes.

Test Kitchen Tip: When shopping for kiwi, select ones that yield to gentle pressure. If the fruit is not quite ripe, let it stand at room temperature for a day or two.

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Quick Fruit Salsa

Quick Fruit Salsa
Blaine Moats

We've never thought to add a kiwi recipe to our taco night spread before, but now that we've tasted it, we're never going back. This 10-minute side dish is as easy as chopping and stirring, and as tasty as any salsa we've tried. A fruit and veggie trio of kiwi, cucumber, and avocado make this homemade salsa great for scooping up with your favorite tortilla chips.

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Gingered Fruit Compote

Gingered Fruit Compote
Blaine Moats

Once you make the gingered syrup for this fruit salad, it can be added to any fruits you want. Use all of your favorite fresh fruits (like kiwis, berries, grapes, and apples) to make this glistening side dish unique every time. You'll have to wait a bit for the syrup to cool down, but you can wash and slice all of your fruit while it chills so this compote will come together even faster.

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Rainbow Pops

Rainbow Pops
Carson Downing

No need to buy frozen ice pops when you can make them at home. Every bright-colored layer of this kiwi recipe is made with pure fruit, allowing the natural sweetness shine. It's the perfect no-sugar-added treat for the kids.

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Pollack with Nectarine Salad

Pollock with Nectarine Salad
Scott Little

If you're in the mood for a light dinner tonight, this kiwi salad will do the trick (in less than 30 minutes). Serve grilled fish with plenty of mixed salad greens, plus chopped cucumbers, nectarines, and kiwi. Thanks to the juiciness of the fruit, you won't even need any dressing.

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Fruit Tostadas

Fruit Tostadas on orange plate
Blaine Moats

Is it snack time yet? These fruity mini tostadas already have us craving our mid-afternoon snack. Serve these flour tortillas topped with cream cheese and fresh fruit as an afternoon pick-me-up, or add a platter of these flowery treats to your dinner table for a healthy kiwi dessert or quick, fruity side dish.

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Spring Green Smoothies

Spring Green Smoothies with asparagus garnish
Jason Donnelly

Say hello to spring! Sipping on this kiwi smoothie while looking out over your budding spring flowers is the best way to start your day as the seasons change. Fresh spinach gives this veggie smoothie its velvety texture (not to mention a hearty dose of iron) and grape juice, kiwi, and green grapes make it classically sweet and fruity.

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Sharp and Sweet Green Salad

Sharp and Sweet Green Salad
Iain Bagwell

You'll have no trouble eating your greens for the day with this kiwi salad around. Combine soft butterhead lettuce with crispy cucumber sticks and sweet kiwi slices to make this salad a true green goddess. You can also give this salad some heat by making a homemade lime-pepper dressing with jalapeño peppers. Drizzle it on just before digging in.

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Strawberry-Kiwi Jam

Strawberry-Kiwi Jam
Blaine Moats

Get ready for a delicious upgrade your morning toast. Strawberries and kiwi make an unbeatable pair in this homemade jam recipe. Finely chopped crystallized ginger enhances the flavor of the preserves while adding a nice spicy kick.

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Chicken and Kiwi Tacos

Chicken and Kiwi Tacos
Blaine Moats

Want to give your chicken tacos some tropical flair? Add this kiwi recipe to your list. With well-seasoned grilled chicken filling these crispy taco shells, you don't need an entire buffet of toppings to make your dinner delicious—just add a handful of shredded lettuce, and top your taco off with a homemade kiwi and tomato relish.

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Salmon with Fruit Salsa

Salmon with fruit salsa
Mike Dieter

That's right, your salmon fillet is getting all dressed up for dinner tonight. We all know how well salmon and fruit go together, so topping your fillet with kiwi salsa is a match made in heaven. If you want to save time, you can stir up the strawberry, kiwi, and jalapeño salsa while the salmon is broiling.

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Kiwi Peach Cobbler

Kiwi-Peach Cobbler
Scott Little

Give your fruit cobbler a fresh twist by making this kiwi recipe for dessert. The addition of cinnamon and cloves gives warm flavor to this unlikely, yet super delicious fruit combo. Enjoy with a big scoop of ice cream.

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Fruit Sushi Cookie Donut

Fruit Sushi Cookie 'Donut'

Who says sushi has to be savory? This sweet take turns sushi into a sweet treat by layering beautiful slices of kiwi, strawberries, and your other favorite fruits onto a sugar cookie donut. Drizzle on some warmed jam for a shiny, tasty finish.

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Puffed Oven-Baked Pancakes

Puffed Oven-Baked Pancakes
Blaine Moats

After one bite of these puffed oven pancakes, we may never go back to using our griddle to cook the most important meal of the day. Each one of these puffy pancakes bakes in a custard cup, so they're ideal for loading up with fresh kiwi, strawberries, and peaches once they come out of the oven. Skip the syrup and top with a spoonful of orange marmalade.

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