This fresh fruit salad made with crunchy jicama, tropical sweet mangoes, and cool cucumbers is enhanced with a sweet ginger lime dressing and sprinkled with chile-lime salt for a finish. A riff on the popular Mexican street food sold in cups.
Which Fruit is Best to Use?
One of the best things about this chopped fruit salad is the blend of textures and flavor profiles. You have the creamy texture of mangoes blended with the crispy radish and the crunchy jicama.
Then there is the sweet tropical flavor of the mangoes blended with the cool refreshing cucumbers and the spicy radish.
The dressing is a blend of lime juice, sugar and the warming flavor of ginger. Top it all off with a spicy chile-lime salt (aka Tajin) and you have a Mexican fruit salad at its finest.
For my salad I used mangoes, jicama, cucumbers and radishes. Here are a few of the other fruits that would make a delicious blend:
- Mexican papaya
- my blend of jicama, cucumbers and mangoes
The Perfect Dressing
A classic Mexican Street-style dressing for this salad would include:
- 1 tsp grated lime zest
- 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- kosher salt and ground white pepper
- finished off by sprinkling 1 tsp chile powder or crushed red pepper over the top of the dressed salad
Since I didn’t use pineapple in my salad, I wanted to enhance the sweetness a bit so I mixed together 1 Tablespoon of a ginger lime simple syrup with 2 Tablespoons of olive oil. It really, really worked.
The classic dressing is great, but the ginger lime took it to awesome. And don’t forget to sprinkle the whole salad with a spicy chile powder….sweet and spicy and refreshing!
More Great Summer Salads:
Spicy Mexican Fruit Salad
- large bowl
- Vegetable peeler
- 1 Cup chopped jicama cut into 3/4 inch cubes
- 1 Cup chopped cucumber peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 Cup chopped mango peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
- 4 radishes sliced into thin rounds
- 1 Tbsp Ginger Lime simple syrup or see notes for DIY dressing
- 2 Tbsp Olive oil Or see notes for DIY dressing
- 1 Tsp Chile-lime salt Or Tajin
- Peel the produce and chop into bite-size pieces and place in a large bowl.
- Combine Ginger Lime syrup and oil in a covered jar and shake it up. Alternatively, see the lime/oil DIY dressing recipe in the notes. Combine the dressing with the fruit.
- Sprinkle the dressed fruit salad with chile lime salt (or Tajin).
- 1 teaspoon grated lime zest,
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice,
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
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