How can mango get any more delicious, you ask?
Put some chili powder on it and experience a serious flavor bomb.
Trust me, it’s science.
This fruit salad is inspired by three things:
1) The mango served with chili powder at Indian restaurants.
2) My love of all things spicy-sweet.
3) John’s suggestion to make a spicy fruit salad.
I know, my husband’s a smartie. It’s almost like he knows me after 5 years of marriage.
This salad is simple, requiring less than 10 ingredients and just 15 minutes to prepare.
It’s also delicious. Ripe summer fruit is dressed with a simple mixture of lime juice and maple syrup, then tossed with a pinch of sea salt and chili powder.
Chili powder may seem like an unlikely addition to fruit. But if you’re a spicy-sweet lover like me, you’ll love this combination!
This fruit salad is beckoning to be made. It’s:
& Wonderfully delicious
Make this dish to take along to your next BBQ or dinner party, or alongside fresh summer meals like Quinoa Spring Rolls, Spicy Plantain and Black Bean Tacos, Strawberry Arugula Salad, or a Chickpea Sunflower Sandwich!
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Spicy Fruit Salad
- 2 ripe mangos (peeled and cubed)
- 4 medium kiwi (peeled and sliced or quartered)
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 small lime, juiced (1 small lime yields ~2 Tbsp or 30 ml)
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup or agave nectar (optional)
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1 ounce silver tequila or white rum (optional)
Add all fruit to a large mixing/serving bowl.
Add lime juice and maple syrup (optional depending on ripeness of fruit) to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Then pour over fruit and gently toss to coat.
Add sea salt. Then sprinkle on chili powder a little at a time, gently folding/stirring the salad as you go. I found 1/4 tsp (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) to be the perfect amount, but add more or less depending on preference.
Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more chili powder, maple syrup, or lime juice as needed. Add tequila or white rum for a boozy kick (optional).
Serve immediately, or cover and chill for 2-3 days (sometimes longer depending on freshness of fruit). See notes for freezing tip.
*To freeze leftover fruit salad, puree 2/3 of the salad in a high speed blender or food processor until creamy and smooth, then add back to the remaining whole fruit and stir to combine. Pour into large ice cube molds and freeze to add to cocktails and smoothies, or into popsicle molds to make an easy summer snack/dessert.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with maple syrup and without rum or tequila.
Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 6)
- Calories: 112
- Fat: 0.7g
- Sodium: 44mg
- Carbohydrates: 27.4g
- Fiber: 3.9g
- Sugar: 20.6g
- Protein: 1.3g