Mexican Fruit Cocktail

This delightful Mexican fruit salad full of pineapple, orange, apple, and lime juice gets a refreshing kick from onion and jalapeño.

Mexican Fruit Cocktail
Elise Bauer

Visit practically anywhere in Mexico and you'll be delighted by the abundance of fruit. You'll find juice stands selling a variety of agua fresca, and street vendors peddling fruit on sticks and zesty fruit salads.

Where our fruit salads tend to be rather predictable, a typical Mexican fruit cocktail has elements of chili and salt, and perhaps some cilantro and onion as well. The combination is interesting in the best possible way, and terrific served alongside Mexican food or on its own for a snack.

Mexican Fruit Cocktail
Elise Bauer

The following fruit cocktail recipe is from the Jalisco region of Mexico. Its formal name is "Ensalada de Pico de Gallo" and comes from a friend of a friend from Guadalajara. The salad fires the senses on many fronts. Mostly it's sweet from the pineapple, orange, and apple. Balance comes from the acidity of the lime juice, savory notes from the onion and cilantro, a little salty hit from a sprinkling of salt, and some zing from the jalapeño.

It's delicious! In a completely surprising way.

By the way, when experimenting with the recipe I thought I would chop up the fruit more finely and serve it as a typical pico de gallo. That experiment didn't work at all. This dish works best as a true fruit salad, with large chunks of pineapple and orange.

Mexican Fruit Cocktail

Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 3 to 4 servings

The jalapeño chile is entirely optional. Leave it out altogether if you don't want the heat. Always taste first before adding, some jalapeños are hotter than other. Adjust the amount to the level of heat you want.


  • 2 cups cubed pineapple, slice the cubes into 1/2-inch wide slices

  • 2 navel oranges, segmented

  • 1 tart green apple, thinly sliced (can also use jicama)

  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion

  • 1/2 jalapeño, seeded, thinly sliced or finely diced (optional)

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro

  • Pinch kosher salt


  1. Combine all the ingredients:

    Combine the fruit, jalapeno, and onions in a bowl. Squeeze lime juice over everything. Sprinkle with salt. Toss in cilantro.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
258 Calories
1g Fat
66g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 258
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 39mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Dietary Fiber 10g 37%
Total Sugars 46g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 245mg 1,226%
Calcium 151mg 12%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 817mg 17%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.