Salpicón: The South American Fruit Salad

You've had fruit salad before, but unless you're from Columbia probably not the South American variation salpicón.

| June/July 2006

  • Salpicón - South American Fruit Salad
    Salpicón is new to us North Americans, but in South American it's a popular way to prepare fruit salad.
    Photo by Tabitha Alterman

  • Salpicón - South American Fruit Salad

In South American they enjoy a fruit salad called salpicón, which contains many tropical fruits that can be difficult to find in the United States. But this versatile Colombian recipe can be made from any combination of fruit. Below is a mix of ingredients found in most supermarkets. Use the fruits you have on hand or let your imagination run wild! Serves 8.

4 cups fresh pineapple; pared, cored and diced
5 cups fresh papaya; pared, seeded and diced
1 mango; pared, pitted and diced
4 cups yacon; pared and diced
4 small red bananas; skinned and sliced
2 cups fresh orange or lemon juice, or more to taste 

Optional ingredients:
1/2 cup sugar or honey
1 cup mashed blackberries
1 cup crushed lemon water ice 

Combine all the ingredients in a large glass bowl. Serve chilled.

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