A little lime, salt, and honey go a long way in this dish created out of sheer boredom. One night last summer we were grilling fish and corn, yet again. When I asked my boyfriend what he wanted as a second side dish, all he said was, 'something different.' I decided to try a twist on the traditional fruit salad that I grew up eating, and it was a huge hit! The best thing about this recipe is that most fruits are great with the dressing, so you can use your favorites or whatever is in season.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir together the lime juice, honey, salt, and cayenne pepper in the bottom of a large salad bowl.

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  • Toss the strawberries, watermelon, and pineapple with the dressing. Chill the fruit salad until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts

60.8 calories; 0.7 g protein; 15.8 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 389.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2007
This is my recipe and I wanted to mention that YES at first it can taste salty - you need to let it sit for a few minutes. Salt pulls the juice out of fruits and when an adequate amount of juice is released it makes a nice sauce without tasting salty. Also if you buy underripe fruit they wont be very juicy and you wont get a good balance of flavors. Hope this helps anyone else who considers trying this! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/15/2007
I brought this "different" salad to a tailgate with friends. The general consensus was that this was not a win. The cayenne pepper was overwhelming and ruined the fruit. This was a waste of money & an embarrassing contribution to the event. Read More
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33 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2007
This is my recipe and I wanted to mention that YES at first it can taste salty - you need to let it sit for a few minutes. Salt pulls the juice out of fruits and when an adequate amount of juice is released it makes a nice sauce without tasting salty. Also if you buy underripe fruit they wont be very juicy and you wont get a good balance of flavors. Hope this helps anyone else who considers trying this! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2009
My boyfriend LOVED this salad. I didn't think he would because of the cayanne pepper; he doesn't like spicy food. But he begs me to make this all the time. I mean every week. I originally made the salad for a Mexican themed Tapas night with his parents and a bunch of their friends and this salad was a big hit. I made the sauce exactly as directed the first time but since I am a little more liberal with the honey and lime and cayenne and it's just as good (I measure mostly by eye and "feel"). I never do more salt as you can definitely taste it in the marinade. I do INSIST however that you make this the day before it's sooo good that we almost never eat it same day. My typical fruits: canteloupe honeydew pineapple (must have) mango papaya. I also tried strawberries the first time but I insist they get a little too mushy from the marinade and they soak up a bit too much marinade. My other tip: big bite sizes pieces! The first time I diced the pieces small to look more like a fruit salsa but they took on too much marinade and weren't as good. "Chunky" sizes make for the best fruit-marinade ratio.:) Enjoy! This Mexican Fruit Salad is very good any way you slice it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/08/2007
This was very good. It seemed a bit salty at first but that mellowed as the salad sat and the juices released. I like the addition of the cayenne--it reminds me of Mexican candy (mango-flavored hard candy coated with chili powder and cayenne) and it's not too spicy at all. I added some honeydew for color and because salt complements melon perfectly. Next time I'll add mango as well (8/11/07). UPDATE: I eat fruit for breakfast every day and I've found I can make up a batch of this on Sundays and just keep adding fruit to it throughout the week (my favorite combo is cantaloupe honeydew mango and watermelon)--the juices combine with the dressing and the flavor lasts all week. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/26/2009
This is fabulous! A flavorful snack that's great for a hot day. I made it with a nectarine an apple 1.5 cups blueberries 3 cups watermelon a can of organic pineapples half a pound strawberries and a quarter of a cantelope. Substituted pineapple juice for the honey added a handful of chopped fresh mint and left out the salt completely (added it when I ate it if I wanted to) - delicious!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2008
Made this for a baby shower at work--apparently I thought the extra heat from the cayenne might induce labor. I loved it--couldn't find any melon, so I subbed in diced pears and apples, I also zested the limes before juicing them, and added a some coconut flakes. It was a big hit. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/29/2008
Mexicans always put lime salt and chile powder on fruit. We wouldn't eat fruit any other way. So the "something different" for me was putting honey in the mix. I cut up 2 mangoes 1 honeydew 1 cantalope and 1 pineapple. I did add more lime juice because the honey was a little too sweet for me. And I used chile powder instead of cayenne. This was excellent everyone loved it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2009
Really good. I liked the heat from the cayenne and the salt with the sweet fruit. I cut this down to a couple of servings and I used kosher salt and only a sprinkle of it and about 1/8 tsp (a really good sized pinch) of cayenne. I preferred the flavor this had with the pineapple and mango over the strawberries and grapes. I think maybe the tropical fruits are better suited for this dressing? If you don't like spice you probably won't like this. It wasn't spicy hot but had a little warmth to it. This is really similar to my favorite fruit topping of Trecha's brand chile powder for fruit so if you like that you'll like this salad. Thanks I liked this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2011
Definitely something different! I adjusted the "sauce" ingredients for a half recipe and opted for canned fruit as nothing looked appealing at the grocery store. If doing this and making a half recipe reduce the salt to 1/4 tsp. or a pinch or two as the fruit will not release juices to dilute it. I would also use a pinch or two of chile powder next time as it was slightly too hot. It has a nice balance of flavours sure to be a hit at brunch! I topped it off with some granola for a "crunch" factor. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/22/2008
I had really sweet pineapple and watermelon so I ended up deciding not to use any honey. I did use the full amount of salt though - and it turned out great! Tomorrow I'm going to blend the leftovers with ice for a virgin margarita slushy... Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/15/2007
I brought this "different" salad to a tailgate with friends. The general consensus was that this was not a win. The cayenne pepper was overwhelming and ruined the fruit. This was a waste of money & an embarrassing contribution to the event. Read More
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