Mexican Fruit Salad
Just one bite of this juicy, flavorful Mexican Fruit Salad will have you dreaming of the beach! Made with fresh fruits like pineapple, watermelon and mango, this fruit salad is undeniably sweet and summery. The best part is that all of the fruit is tossed in mouthwatering chili lime seasoning that compliments the fruit in an incredible way!
Mexican Fruit Salad
While this is the perfect fruit salad to serve on Cinco de Mayo, let’s be real – it’s perfect for any summertime extravaganza! Mexican fruit salad was made to be enjoyed on a hot summer’s day, and it always hits the spot. The juicy fresh fruit along with the chili lime seasoning is almost too good to be true!
Last time I served this fruit salad as an appetizer alongside some beer and Classic Margaritas, it disappeared in almost no time. People truly went wild for it! Spicy and sweet is a flavor combination that when done right, is unforgettably delicious. And trust me – the combo of spicy and sweet in this fruit salad is definitely done just right.
If you’ve ever travelled to Mexico, or even border towns in places like Texas and California, you’ve likely seen street vendors selling stuff just like this! It’s common in Mexico to combine flavors like chili lime seasoning and ancho chili powder with sweet, summery fruits. Once you try it, you’ll discover the true meaning of the word “mouthwatering!”
How to Make It
This recipe for Mexican fruit salad is SO easy to make, which is why I love whipping it up before a party! It’s never fun to be stressed in the kitchen before guests come over. Luckily, with this fruit salad, I can have a fresh, delicious appetizer ready to go in under 10 minutes with no hassle at all.
Chop. To start, chop all of the fresh fruit into bite sized pieces.
Toss. Toss the pineapple, watermelon, papaya, and mango together in a large bowl to combine.
Whisk. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, honey and chili powder.
Pour. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.
Sprinkle. Sprinkle the fruit salad with the chili lime seasoning and serve. Enjoy!
Variations to Try:
While I love this salad just the way it is, there are plenty of other tasty ways to dress it up!
- If you really love spicy stuff, add as much Ancho Chili Powder as your heart desires! Cayenne powder will also do the trick quite nicely.
- Instead of plain honey, consider using orange blossom honey to add another fruity flavor to the mix!
- Want to add even more fruit? Honeydew melon pairs deliciously with the other chopped fruits.
- Add some cilantro in for an even more authentic Mexican flair!
How should I serve Mexican fruit salad?
If you don’t have any spare pineapple to make the bowls like I have pictured, don’t despair! There are plenty of other ways to enjoy Mexican fruit salad.
If you’re serving this at a party, consider placing the salad in a big serving bowl, then offering toothpicks on the side! That way, people can take a bite here or there when they want some.
Serving this salad in individual bowls for a smaller gathering is also a great way to make this fruit dish an appetizer.
How long will it stay fresh?
In an airtight container in the fridge, this fruit salad will stay fresh for about 24 hours. While the fruit itself will stay fresh for up to 3 days, it will start to macerate and lose their firm texture once they’re tossed in the powders and honey.
Summer’s almost here, which means it’s time to whip out all of the best fruity recipes! Here are some of my absolute favorite recipes to enjoy in the hot summer months:
- Watermelon Feta Salad with Blueberries and Cucumber
- Strawberry Caprese Salad Skewers with Balsamic Reduction
- Chili Spiced Mango Guacamole Salad
- Sparkling Fruit Salad with Champagne Mimosa Dressing
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Get the Recipe: Mexican Fruit Salad
- 1 1/2 cups diced pineapple
- 1 1/2 cups diced watermelon
- 1 cup diced papaya, peeled and seeded
- 1 cup diced mango
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1/4 teaspoon ancho chili powder, optional
- Chili Lime Seasoning, (I use Tajin), optional
- mixing bowl
- Toss the pineapple, watermelon, papaya and mango together in a large bowl to combine.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, honey and chili powder.
- Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.
- Sprinkle with the Chili Lime Seasoning and serve.