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Ecuadorian tropical fruit salad {Come y Bebe}

This Ecuadorian and Latin American tropical fruit salad, called come y bebe in Ecuador, is made with a mix of tropical fruits including papaya, bananas, pineapple, and oranges. 

Tropical fruit salad recipe

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Come y bebe, which literally translates as eat and drink, is an Ecuadorian tropical fruit salad made with fruits including papaya, bananas, pineapple and orange juice, the fruit is cut in small pieces and usually has a good amount of orange juice so that you can actually drink it. This is a very refreshing drink or dessert for the summer.

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Ecuadorian fruit salad

The most basic –and traditional – come y bebe that I’ve had consisted of just papaya, bananas and orange juice. I add the pineapple because that’s the way my mom made it and also because I love that combination of smooth papaya, sweet banana and crunchy tartness of the pineapple. You can also add other types of fruit if you like, mangos are a good option. Some people also add watermelon, berries, grapes, etc.

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I didn’t add any sugar or honey this time because the fruit was sweet enough and also I served it with honey whipped cream which gave it a little extra sweetness. To make the honey whipped cream I mixed 2 cups of heavy whipping cream with 4 tbs of honey. I love the flavor that the honey gives the whipped cream and it compliments fresh fruit just perfectly.

Ecuadorian come y bebe fruit salad

The papaya, pineapple and orange juice can be prepped a few hours in advance, but peel and dice the bananas right before serving to keep them browning.If you want a more drinkable version of this recipe you can increase the amount of orange juice, and I haven’t done this yet – I am very tempted to try it but I feel like I would be corrupting a childhood favorite recipe– you can make this an adult only fruit salad by adding some rum or cachaca (Brazilian sugar cane alcohol).

Tropical fruit salad

Come y bebe is an Ecuadorian fruit salad. This simple and refreshing tropical fruit salad is made with papaya, pineapple, banana and orange juice.
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Salad
Cuisine: Ecuadorian, Latin American, South American
Keyword: Banana, Come y bebe, Papaya, Pineapple, Refreshing, Tropical fruit salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Time in the refrigerator: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 10 oranges juiced, about 4 ½ cups of juice
  • 1 large papaya peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 pineapple peeled, cored and diced
  • 6 bananas peeled and diced
  • Sugar or honey to taste
  • Optional –honey whipped cream to serve on top


  • Combine the diced papaya, pineapple and bananas in a large non-reactive bowl.
  • Mix in the freshly squeezed orange juice, add sugar or honey if needed.
  • Serve immediately or chill for about 30 minutes if you prefer it very cold (recommended on a hot day).


You can also add additional fruits like mango, watermelon, berries, etc if you would like. You can also replace or mix the orange juice with passion fruit juice.

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Come y bebe or Ecuadorian fruit salad
Come y bebe or Ecuadorian fruit salad
Come y bebe or Ecuadorian fruit salad
Ecuadorian come y bebe fruit salad

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  1. I visited Columbia South America years ago they made this fresh every morning and I could have lived on it make it all the time now especially in summer months it’s a keeper

  2. hi,
    i am making this for my class and was wondering how many cups this recipe makes?? I have about 30 kids and need to know how many of these i need to make… please reply back!!

    It makes about 10-12 regular sized cups or about 15-18 small (Dixie size) cups, depending on the portion you want to serve you can either double or triple the recipe. Make sure you use large papayas.

  3. Este es uno de mis favoritos.. siempre lo hago,, esto trae muchos recuerdos de mi infancia.. y al igual que Tu, no podria ponerle alcohol danaria mis recuerdos de infancia.. Gracias.

  4. omg!!!!:)this looks delicious, I just did a Ecuador report and this is perfect for the food topic! thanks!!I can’t wait to try it :)

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