Mexican Fruit Salad [with Lime Chili Dressing]

A bright and vibrant mix of watermelons, cucumbers, jicama, pineapples, and mangos. A lime and chili dressing adds a fresh pop.

mexican fruit salad of watermelons, cucumbers, jicama and more with lime chili dressing

 Mexican Fruit Salad

In most parts of Mexico and certainly in Baja, you’ll find these fruit stands exploding with all sorts of fruits that are either served skewered or cubed. Our Mexican Fruit Salad takes some of the more popular fruits and tops them with my tangy and spicy lime chili dressing. The result is a bright and vibrant salad made all the tastier because of the ancho chili and cayenne in the dressing. It highlights the natural sweetness of the fruit but gives your palate another interesting taste profile.

mexican fruit salad

We’ve plated our fruit in a rainbow circle, but feel free to toss the cubes.

mexican fruit salad with lime chili dressing

The lime chili dressing is a reduction and shouldn’t take long to make. It truly elevates the Mexican Fruit Salad because the sweetness of the fruit hits you first, but then the dressing slowly sneaks up behind the sweetness. Depending on your tolerance for heat, add or subtract cayenne pepper accordingly.

mexican fruit salad of watermelons, cucumbers, jicama and more

Suggestions and Alternatives

  • Because jicama can be hard to find in some markets, I would suggest green apples or pears as a substitute
  • If you are hosting a party, try dicing your fruits into two-inch cubes and skewer them carefully.
  • Please keep a close watch on your dressing preparation as it can burn quickly giving it a bitter taste.
  • If you still want the spice and heat on your Mexican Fruit Salad but want a shortcut, try this popular commercially-prepared seasoning. You should be able to find it at your local Mexican market. If not, you can order it online.

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Mexican Fruit Salad [with Lime Chili Dressing]

A unique medley of fruits with a spicy lime chili reduction

Course Salad
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 126 kcal


Mexican Salad

  • 1 cup limes juiced
  • 3 tbs. agave quality
  • 1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup english cucumber diced
  • 1 cup seedless watermelon diced
  • 1/2 cup jicama diced
  • 1 cup pineapple diced
  • 1 cup mango diced


Instructions for Lime Chili Dressing

  1. In a small pot add lime juice, agave, Ancho chili powder, Cayenne pepper and kosher salt.

  2. Bring to medium-high heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

  3. Once it has come to a slow boil, remove from heat and let cool completely.

Instructions for Mexican Fruit Salad

  1. Peel and dice all fruits in approx. one inch cubes and keep them separate.

  2. Refrigerate for five minutes and divide them evenly in a bowl.

  3. Drizzle dressing over fruit and serve immediately.



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