Have you ever made something and people ate it wrong and it turns out they created something equally awesome? It just happened to me on Sunday.
I had “fruit duty” for Easter dinner, so I decided to take advantage of the opportunity and make some Bahia Fruit Salad so I could get some better photos of it than when I originally posted it as Melon Pineapple Salad. I also brought some strawberries and Creamy Fruit Dip on the side for those that might not want to try the fruit salad, a.k.a. my husband and son.
Before I knew it, people were putting the Creamy Fruit Dip on the Bahia Fruit Salad!
My brain screamed “noooooooo! that is for the strawberries!” Luckily I held my tongue, because everyone raved over it and wanted me to post the recipe. So, even though I didn’t plan it, there are now 3 ways to enjoy this recipe:
- as is for a slightly zippy fruit salad
- chopped up finer for a mild salsa
- with a creamy dressing kind of like Ambrosia
The original idea came from a magnificent side dish that used to be served at just about every meal at Café Bahia in San Diego: breakfast, barbecue night, Mexican food night, etc. Since they no longer make it, I had to recreate it. I’m not sure how accurate it is, but I think it is pretty darn good.
I bought one of those pricey trays of cut up fruit instead of buying whole fruit and going to the effort of cutting it myself and having a fridge full of fruit. I had a coupon for $5 off a $15 produce purchase so that made it a little easier to swallow, tee hee! I just had to cut the pieces a little smaller, then add the red onion, cilantro and vinegar.
The salad went very well with the ham/lamb and potatoes on Easter Sunday and it would be a great compliment to any Barbecue or other Potluck. Or with a sandwich for lunch. Or a brunch. Or for dessert. Okay, it is good any time of day. With or without the creamy dressing.
As for the dip, it is good with just about any fruit as well as graham crackers or animal crackers too. And it literally whips up in less than a minute.
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Until next time, happy eating.