Mexican Fruit Salad is an easy 6-ingredient side salad that is so refreshing and flavorful.
This recipe makes eight servings and costs around $14.87 to make. That’s just about $1.85 per serving.
Mexican Fruit Salad
When summer hits, we want nothing to do with a hot stove. It is all about Crock-Pots, grilling, and loads of fresh fruit! Fresh, in-season fruit is our absolute favorite. We go through a ton of strawberries and a lot of watermelons every summer.
The best is when summer fruit sales are in full swing at the grocery store. This means we can stock up on our favorite fruit.
We LOVE to make a Mexican Fruit Salad with all the in-season fresh fruit. It’s such a fun twist on classic fruit salad. Here’s the other great thing, it’s healthy! Yay for food that tastes like a dessert but is good for you!
During the summer, we spend a lot of time out at the pool. It is so easy to quickly whip up a bowl of Mexican Fruit Salad to enjoy while sitting poolside. A bowl of this fresh fruit is seriously so refreshing.
We also love how versatile this recipe is. If you have other fruit that you love (or find on sale) like strawberries or kiwis, then add them to the salad! Love cantaloupe? Slice it up and add it in! To finish off the fruit salad, sprinkle a little bit of chile-lime seasoning on top.
The savory heat contrasts nicely with the sweet, refreshing flavors of pineapple, watermelon, mango, and papaya. This salad is perfect for potlucks, BBQs, or any weeknight meal. Or, you can do as we do and sneak a bowl as you enjoy some alone time by the pool.
Ingredients & Estimated Cost:
- 1 small watermelon – $5.98
- 1 pineapple – $2.28
- 2 large papayas – $3.86
- 2 large mangos – $1.80
- Juice of 2 limes – $0.88
- chile lime seasoning – $0.08
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- First, add the fruit to a large serving bowl.
- Next, squeeze in the lime juice and gently toss to coat everything.
- Then, sprinkle with chile-lime seasoning to taste.
- Finally, garnish with lime wedges and mint sprigs.
Recipe Variations and Substitutions
- Add in your other favorite fruits such as kiwi, cantaloupe, strawberries, bananas, or mandarin orange slices.
- You can also serve it with a little bit of whipped cream or Greek yogurt.
Serve: This salad can stay at room temperature for up to 2 hours before it will need to be refrigerated.
Store: Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Freeze: You can freeze this salad. Just note that once defrosted, it will be a bit on the juicy side, and some of the fruit, like watermelon, will not hold its shape.
On average, this Mexican Fruit Salad has 81 calories per serving. Please note this amount will vary if you change the fruit in the recipe.
A Mexican Fruit Salad is a combination of fresh tropical fruit in one bowl. It is topped with lime juice and chile-lime seasoning. You get a little bit spicy and a little bit sweet in every single bite. It is a fabulous flavor combination.
Get Kids Involved
Ages 2-3: Let them help add the fruit to the bowl. They can also help sprinkle the chile-lime seasoning over the fruit.
Ages 4-5: Let your kiddo squeeze in the lime juice and sprinkle with chili lime seasoning.
Ages 6-8: Teach them proper knife safety to help cut up the fruit. It’s best to guide their hands until you’re confident in their knife skills.
Ages 9-11: Supervise them while they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe.
Ages 12+: Let them prepare the entire recipe, unsupervised, while you do the happy dance in the corner!
Discover why we love getting the kids involved in the kitchen and more tips in our How to Get Kids Involved in Cooking article.
One thing we do to ease our budget is to purchase a lot of fruit when it’s on sale. Then, dice it up to freeze. This will ensure that we have our favorite fruit on hand all summer long for watermelon smoothies, placing in yogurt, or eating on its own.
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Mexican Fruit Salad
- cutting board
- large bowl
- lime juicer
- 1 small watermelon cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 large pineapple cut into 1-inch chunks
- 2 large papayas cut into chunks
- 2 large mangos cut into chunks
- juice of 2 limes
- chili lime seasoning to taste
- lime wedges
- mint sprigs
- Add all of the fruit (except for limes) to a large serving bowl.
- Squeeze the limes over the fruit and gently toss to everything coat.
- Sprinkle chili lime seasoning over the fruit to taste. Garnish with lime wedges and mint sprigs.