If you have driven around Los Angeles you are likely familiar with the rainbow umbrellas that shade the fruit cart vendors found on the sidewalks of many busy intersections in the city. At first, I was hesitant to try fruit from these vendors but one afternoon several years ago a friend and I have just finished hiking Runyon Canyon. He asked if I wanted to hit up the fruit man. “What the hell is the fruit man” I asked? I’ve mentioned before on this blog how I am a referral junky, and if someone I trust vouches for something then I will most likely give it a try regardless of what I might have thought about it. It wasn’t until this sunny afternoon in LA that I discovered Ensalada de Fruta con Chile or Mexican fruit salad with chili and lime juice. To this day, it remains one of my favorite things about this city. There are few things more refreshing in the summer heat than a $5 bag a fresh fruit. The assortment can included everything from watermelon, cantolope, jicama, coconut, cucumber, mango, and pineapple. These vendors are part of the magic of this city and I wanted to recreate the recipe and pay respects to one of the most beloved aspects of the city of angles.
I used 3 of my favorite summer fruits: watermelon, mango and pineapple and it was delicious! In addition to traditional chili powder I also added loads of Tajin, which is one of my all time favorite spices which is chili with salt and lime. I used it on everything. Literally. everything. You can find in online if it is not in your local grocer. If you want to see more photos of the vendors in action, you can view a lovely slideshow HERE.
Prepare all your fruit by removing the rind and skin. Drain the juice from the fruit into a cup to enjoy later. Add everything into a large bowl, add the lime juice, then the spices and mix to evenly coat. Serve immediately!