Mexican fruit salad – Recipes on a budget

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Mexican Fruit Salad is an easy 6 ingredient side salad that is so refreshing and flavorful.  This recipe makes 8 servings and costs $9.26 to make.  It's just

Mexican Fruit Salad is an easy 6 ingredient side salad that is so refreshing and flavorful.

This recipe makes eight servings and costs about $14.87 to make. That’s about $1.85 per serving.

Try our Hawaiian Macaroni Salad and Ambrosia Salad with Cool Whip for more side dishes that won’t heat up the kitchen!

The finished Mexican fruit salad with text overlay for Pinterest.

Mexican fruit salad

When summer comes, we want nothing to do with a hot stove. It’s slow cookers, grills and fresh fruit! Fresh seasonal fruit is our favorite. We go through a ton of strawberries and lots of watermelons every summer.

The best is when summer fruit sales are in full swing at the grocery store. This means we can stock up on our favorite fruits.

We LOVE making a Mexican fruit salad with all the fresh fruit in season. This is such a fun take on the classic fruit salad. Here’s the other big thing, it’s healthy! Yay for food that tastes like dessert but is good for you!

During the summer we spend a lot of time at the pool. It’s so easy to quickly whip up a bowl of Mexican fruit salad to enjoy sitting by the pool. A bowl of this fresh fruit is so refreshing.

We also love the versatility of this recipe. If you have other fruits that you like (or find on sale) like strawberries or kiwis, then add them to the salad! Do you like cantaloupe? Slice it and add it! To finish the fruit salad, sprinkle some chili-lime seasoning on top.

The savory heat contrasts nicely with the sweet and refreshing flavors of pineapple, watermelon, mango and papaya. This salad is perfect for potlucks, barbecues or any other weeknight meal. Or, you can do as we did and grab a bowl while enjoying some alone time by the pool.

An overhead shot of Mexican fruit salad in two white bowls with lime wedges and mint leaves.

Ingredients and estimated cost:

  • 1 small watermelon – $5.98
  • 1 pineapple – $2.28
  • 2 large papayas – $3.86
  • 2 large mangoes – $1.80
  • Juice of 2 limes – $0.88
  • lime chili seasoning – $0.08

To learn more about how our recipes are priced, see Budget Recipes Explained.

And an overhead shot of all the ingredients needed to make this fruit salad.


  1. First, add the fruit to a large serving bowl.
  2. Then squeeze in the lime juice and toss gently to coat everything well.
  3. Then sprinkle with chili-lime seasoning to taste.
  4. Finally, garnish with lime wedges and sprigs of mint.

Recipe variations and substitutions

  • Add your other favorite fruits such as kiwi, cantaloupe, strawberries, bananas or tangerine slices.
  • You can also serve it with a little whipped cream or Greek yogurt.

Storage Tips

Serve: This salad can stay at room temperature for up to 2 hours before it needs to be refrigerated.
Store: Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Freeze: You can freeze this salad. Just note that once thawed it will be a bit juicy and some fruits, like watermelon, won’t hold their shape.

A close up shot of Mexican fruit salad with a serving spoon receiving a scoop of fruit.

Recipe FAQs

On average, this Mexican fruit salad contains 81 calories per serving. Please note that this amount will vary if you change the fruit in the recipe.

A Mexican fruit salad is a combination of fresh tropical fruits in a bowl. It is topped with lime juice and chili-lime seasoning. You get a little spicy and a little sweet with every bite. It’s a fabulous combination of flavors.

Mexican fruit salad in a white bowl with the bowl of fruit salad behind.

Get the kids involved

2-3 years: Let them help add the fruit to the bowl. They can also help sprinkle the chili-lime seasoning on the fruit.
4-5 years: Let your child squeeze the lime juice and sprinkle with chili-lime seasoning.
6-8 years: Teach them the safety of proper knives to help cut fruit. It’s best to guide their hands until you’re confident in their knife skills.
9-11 years old: Supervise them as they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have it read twice before starting the recipe.
12 years and over: Let them prepare the whole recipe, unsupervised, while you do the merry dance in the corner!

Find out why we love involving kids in the kitchen and more tips in our How to Get Kids Involved in the Kitchen article.

A close up overhead photo of a Mexican fruit salad recipe in a white bowl.

Budget advice

One thing we do to lighten our budget is to buy lots of fruits when they are on sale. Then, dice it to freeze it. This will ensure we have our favorite fruit on hand all summer long for watermelon smoothies, placing it in yogurt, or eating it on its own.

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