Labor Day may be officially over, but summer doesn't end until September 22! That means we've got a couple weeks left of summer BBQs. Yes, please! Fortunately here in AZ we have a couple more MONTHS of summer weather left, haha. Monsoons are nearly over, and we get back to sunny skies and that dry, sunny weather that I love.
When I worked with kids in Denver they had TERRIBLE diets. They lived on 2 liters of soda and bags of chips. But once in a while they'd come back from lunch with bags of fruit that were sprinkled with Tajín. The only other fruit or vegetables they ever ate were between a burger and a bun, so this reassured me that they wouldn't all get scurvy.
These bags of fresh fruit are sold by fruit vendors in Hispanic neighborhoods. When I lived up in West Harlem, we had fruit vendors there, too. I took the idea of this fruit covered in lime and spice and turn it into more of a fruit salad. I checked out the ingredients in Tajín, and there is some silicone dioxide to keep the ingredients from caking together. This is a common additive, but something I'd like to avoid, so I decided to mix it up with my own spices.
Tajín is basically lime, chili, and salt. So for this recipe I created a little dressing of chili powder, fresh lime juice, and salt. Toss it on the fruit, and serve. Because the lime juice will begin to break down the fruit, this salad is best served fresh. Leftovers can be added to sparkling wine for a fun twist on Sangria! Give this salad a try for a fresh new twist on fruit salad.
Mexican Street Fruit Salad
1t chili powder
2T fresh lime juice
- In a small bowl, mix together chili, lime, and salt and set aside.
- Chop all the fruit into similar sized pieces.
- Pour the lime mixture over the fruit and toss to coat.
- Serve! Enjoy!
Don't like mango or jicama? Give pineapple and fresh coconut a try for a more tropical twist! However you make it, give this salad a try before summer turns to fall. Remember to snap a picture if you make this recipe! Post it to Instagram, and tag me with #ideatthatfoodtoo. Or click the image below so you can Pin this recipe for later!