Friday, October 21, 2016

Dota 2 Tango Fruit Salad

“Forage to survive on the battlefield.”
– DotA 2 tango flavor text
Dota 2 Tango Fruit Salad in lettuce cups
A salad so tasty, your mid will demand you pool them four tangoes.
Tangoes are an essential starting item for most heroes and laning strategies in DotA 2, so a The International Viewing Party would hardly be complete without it. This salad looks amazing, is easy to put together and serves as a healthy choice at a videogame-themed snack table. Despite blowing the minds of a redditor or two, balling kiwis and melons is surprisingly straightforward. To make this dish look even more like a tango, I served 3-4 fruit balls on small curly leaves like frisée leaves.

Ingredients & Materials

Serves 10-15. Scale accordingly. (Or just make lots and enjoy the leftovers. Nothing wrong with a late-game tango.)
  • 1 ripe honeydew melon
  • 7-8 kiwis
  • 1 large bunch of green grapes
  • Green leafy vegetable (See Note 1)
  • Melon baller (See Note 2)


  1. If you want to do portion-sized tangoes, choose a smaller leaf shape, like frisée, endive or little gem lettuces. Budget for 2-3 leaves per person. If you want to serve it in a single large dish (see below), you can go with larger leaves – one head should be enough. (I just stood in front of the lettuce aisle with my phone open on the dota 2 item image and picked something that optimized the “looks like a tango” and “isn’t expensive” equation.)
  2. I actually don’t have a melon baller, so I used a rounded tablespoon measure! Worked really well and I didn’t have to go out and buy a single-purpose tool.
Dota 2 tangoe fruit salad served in a large bowl
Tangos can also be served from a serving dish instead of on individual leaf cups.


  1. Individual serving tangoes: Separate each leaf. Lay out each leaf attractively on a large serving platter. Large serving dish:  Separate each leaf. Line a large salad bowl with the leaves, leaving the tips poking over the edge of the bowl.
  2. Slice your melon in half and scoop out the seeds and stringy bits. Using the melon baller, scoop out round balls. Store the melon balls temporarily in a large pot or bowl.
  3. Slice each kiwi in half, and then use the melon baller to create kiwi balls. You should be able to get 2-3 balls per kiwi half, depending on the size of your utensil and your kiwis. Add the kiwi balls to the melon balls.
  4. Pluck each grape off the stem and add to the melon balls and kiwi balls.
  5. Toss the fruits together to mix, then pour into your lettuce-lined serving dish or distribute onto each serving leaf. (If you accidentally added all the fruits unmixed to the lettuce-lined serving dish like I did, rearrange the leaves to look nice.)

Final Thoughts

It’s rare that a dish checks all the boxes of inexpensive, attractive, tasty and healthy. I enjoyed this dish at my TI5 Viewing Party, so I made it again – individual serving sizes this time – for my TI6 party.

My only concern is the age old question of why Tangos have four charges but the image only shows three little glowing balls?

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