If you ever find yourself in LA, specifically West LA, you have to get “fruit in a bag” from the Mexican fruit stands. These are small street carts with tons of fresh fruit. You can pick what fruits you want or don’t want and then you’re given the option of adding salt, lemon juice, and salted chili powder. For a few dollars, you get a cornucopia of delicious fruit and a taste treat sensation – a Mexican Fruit Cup on the go.
You can cater the whole experience to your particular tastes, but I recommend the salt and lemon juice. They help accentuate the fruit flavors. The salted chili powder is a great addition as well, I just only like it for a few bites, not the whole bag. You can see photos and an ode to these LA street staples on LA Weekly. If you aren’t near a fruit stand, however, you can make your own Mexican fruit cup at home!
Mexican Fruit Cup Recipe
I’ve been wanting to make a homemade version since I enjoyed my first fruit bag about a year ago. The whole process is very simple, it’s just that buying all the fruit and chopping it up seemed a bit time-consuming. The “recipe,” just like the real thing, is customizable, however. I’m allergic to pineapple and, we just discovered, my guy and I aren’t big fans of fresh papaya, so ours will have extra of everything else.
I highly recommend the cucumber and jicama in the salad to break up the fruity sweetness and it also adds a welcome crunch. The best part about the Mexican fruit salad is that the lemon and salt accentuate the flavors, so every piece of fruit doesn’t have to be perfectly ripe when you start chopping. And the chili powder is a fun addition for a sweet + spicy flavor combination!
MEXICAN FRUIT CUP SALAD
If you live in LA County, then you're very familiar with the fruit carts on a lot of corners. These carts offer fruit (chopped when you order) to go. You can enjoy it plain, with a squeeze of lemon juice, and/or with a dash of Tajin seasoning! It's a fun treat that screams LA!
For a small gathering: serve in glasses or cups. Top with toasted coconut or serve with salt, lemon, and chili powder.
For serving on the go: serve in ziploc bag (small or large) with forks. Bring along salt, lemon, and chili powder.
For bbqs and potlucks: serve in a large bowl for everyone to scoop themselves. Provide salt, lemon, and chili powder.
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