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Spicy Mexican Fruit Salad with Ginger Lime Dressing

Spicy Mexican Fruit Salad with Ginger Lime Dressing
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This fresh fruit salad made with crunchy jicama, tropical sweet mangoes, and cool cucumbers is enhanced with a ginger lime dressing and sprinkled with chile-lime salt for a finish. A riff on the popular Mexican street food sold in cups.

Mexican fruit salad in a large bowl.
Spicy Mexican Fruit Salad with Ginger LIme Dressing

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Ingredients and Substitutions?

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.

Ingredients for Mexican fruit salad with labels on a granite counter.
Ingredients for Mexican Fruit Salad

For my salad I used mangoes, jicama, cucumbers and radishes. Here are a few of the other fruits that would make a delicious blend:

  • pineapple
  • Mexican papaya
  • watermelon
  • cantaloupe
  • oranges
  • strawberries
  • kiwis
  • avocados
  • 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!

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Recipe for Mexican Fruit Salad

Spicy Mexican Fruit Salad

Mexican fruit salad in a large bowl.
A sweet and spicy blend of chopped fruit, a ginger-lime dressing, and a chile-lime seasoning sprinkled over it all.
4.72 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 44

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • Peel the produce and chop into bite-size pieces and place in a large bowl.
    1 Cup chopped jicama, 1 Cup chopped cucumber, 1 Cup chopped mango, 4 radishes
  • 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.
    1 Tbsp Ginger Lime simple syrup, 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • Sprinkle the dressed fruit salad with chile lime salt (or Tajin).
    1 Tsp Chile-lime salt

Video

Notes

FOR DIY DRESSING:  
Combine, whisking to combine thoroughly
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest,
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice,
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
 
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 44kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 1gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.04gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.04gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.05gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 141mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 382IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 0.4mg
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Melinda

Friday 15th of September 2023

This recipe was a hit with our family. It was our first experience with jicama too. Loved it. I never found the recipe for the ginger lime syrup so I used the homemade dressing recipe you listed toward the bottom and added a tablespoon of honey and about 3/4 inch of minced ginger. Thank you!

Dorothy Stainbrook

Sunday 17th of September 2023

Hi Melinda. So happy to hear your family liked the salad! I need to modify the post and take out the ginger lime syrup comment. I used to make the syrups and sell them online, but I have downsized the online sales to just teas now. Thank you for bringing that to my attention (and I’m glad you tried the dressing instead!)

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