Last year we went to Cabo San Lucas for Christmas break, and every day we sat on the beach and bought fruit from the vendors walking up and down the sand. Fresh fruit, a little lime, and a touch of chili pepper; just thinking about it makes me lick my lips. That memory was tucked away until we stopped at a little restaurant in La Jolla called Puesto. Everything looked amazing, but I ordered the Mexican Street Bowl and a jalapeno margarita. Mangos, pineapple, cucumbers, jicama, and watermelon, the street bowl was bursting with fruit, but what made it so delicious was the chamoy and Tajin. I never heard of chamoy before. It’s a yummy tangy fruit sauce that just brings the fruit to a new level. I licked every ounce of it off the bowl. I asked the waitress to see if she could get me the recipe so I could recreate it, but after going back and forth with the chef, they just told me it was easier to just buy it. That didn’t work for me, so when i got back from my weekend getaway, I told Melissa all about my new love for chamoy and Tajin, and this is what we came up with. We tweaked it a bit, and added Trader Joe’s chili lime salt instead of Tajin, but you can use either.
mexican fruit cart salad
a yummy, tangy, oh so delicious fruit cart salad
Adapted from Puesto Mexican Street Food and theblackpeppercorn.com
- Half of a large watermelon
- One pineapple
- 2 mangoes
- One large jicama
- 5 Persian cucumbers
- 6-8 plums, not too ripe
- 4-6 morito,ancho, or guajillo chilis (we used guajillo)
- 2 cups apricot jam
- 1 cup lime juice
- 1 teaspoon of salt
1. For the fruit salad: Cut up everything into one inch sticks
2. For the chamoy: Tear the chilis into pieces and remove the stems and the ends of the chilis. You can keep the seeds or remove them, depending how spicy you would like the chamoy. Soak the dried chili peppers in warm water for about 30 minutes
3. Put all the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
4. Once the chamoy is perfected, pour it over your fruit salad and sprinkle with Trader Joe’s chili lime, or use it as a dip. We did both. You won’t be able to stop eating this, and your friends will love you.