Gazpacho Moreliano is a traditional Mexican Fruit Salad that is simultaneously sweet, tangy, savoury and spicy.
Known to locals in the central Mexican state of Michoacán as a mouth-watering street food, the healthy vegetarian recipe features finely chopped tropical fruits, garlic, onion, fresh mint and crumbled queso cheese like cotija.
We love serving homemade Gazpacho Moreliano as a fruit salad at brunch, a side dish at a Mexican dinner party or topping for tacos and tostadas.
We know you’ll love this addictive treat on a hot day, it’s a healthy, refreshing and tasty way to cool down!
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What Is Gazpacho Moreliano?
Morelia, the capital of the central Mexican state of Michoacán, has developed a unique version of pico de gallo as a tropical fruit salad.
Though it shares a name with a Spanish dish, it is nothing like the cold tomato-based soup popularized in the Iberian Peninsula that is generally associate with the term gazpacho.
Gazpacho Moreliano, also known as Gaspacho Moreliano, is a common Mexican street food consisting of a mix of chopped locally grown tropical fruits.
An authentic Michoacán recipe has smaller pieces of fruit that are finely chopped and unexpected savoury ingredients like garlic, onion, olive oil, jalapeno, chili powder and salty crumbled queso.
Best enjoyed on a hot day, the healthy vegetarian Mexican Fruit Salad is quenching and cooling like Spanish gazpacho. But the Mexican version is far more substantial because it’s not a soup, but a sweet, tangy, spicy and savoury fruit salad.
Travel to Mexico by Making Gazpacho Moreliano at Home
I love traveling to Latin America.
As a professional food and travel journalist, I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy amazing meals in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, from traditional markets to award winning restaurants.
For over ten years, I’ve been on the hunt for the best Gazpacho Moreliano recipe. I’ve embarked on culinary adventures at local restaurants in Cuba, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Curacao, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.
When on a food tour to taste the Best Tacos in Puerto Vallarta a local guide stopped at the most famous Gazpacho Moreliano street food stall in town.
The Mexican fruit salads are prepared in advance so they are easy to grab and go. They’re beautifully displayed in clear plastic cups so you can see all of the ingredients inside. The cups overflow with a mountain of diced fruit and are topped with crumbled queso fresco and spicy chili powder.
After enjoying your first taste, you’ll realize why Gazpacho Moreliano is a must-try when visiting Mexico!
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Where To Eat Mexican Fruit Salad
Haven’t traveled to Mexico before? It may be helpful to first sample Mexican Fruit Salad at a local restaurant to better understand how it is served. You can quickly determine how spicy you want to make the salad, what variety of tropical fruits you want to include and other complimentary Mexican dishes to serve at the table.
In Toronto, the best Mexican restaurants that may serve their own Gazpacho Moreliano recipe include El Rey, La Carnita, Playa Cabana, El Catrin, Campechano, El Trompo, Fonda Lola, Hot Mess Tex Mex, Rosalinda, Reposado Bar, Grand Electric and Milagro.
My Family Loves Gazpacho Moreliano
I love cooking Mexican food for my friends and family.
After traveling through Mexico and tasting regional tacos, tostadas and tequila I was keen to recreate one of my favourite dishes at home.
I first made this Gazpacho Moreliano recipe for my family on a hot summer day at the cottage. I served the spicy Mexican Fruit Salad in large glasses using fresh mint from our herb garden. I served the salad at breakfast with Migas con Huevo Mexican Tortilla Scrambled Eggs and Dry Roasted Salsa Mexicana.
We enjoyed leftovers at dinner, scooped on a plate with grilled salmon, sliced steak and barbecued prawns. If you’re serving adult guests a perfect cocktail pairing is Mezcal Paloma Slushies or Margaritas.
I knew my parents would love this recipe because they enjoy healthy vegetarian dishes that are easy to make, fresh fruit salads and authentic Mexican flavours.
Our Mexican Fruit Salad recipe is packed full of healthy ingredients!
Olive Oil is ranked as one of the healthiest fats and is a staple in the Mediterranean diet. It contains vitamins E and K and plenty of beneficial fatty acids and antioxidants.
A rich source of phytochemicals and vitamin C, limes help boost your immune system and neutralize free radicals that cause disease and skin aging. Lemons also protect against heart disease and help improve blood flow to the brain.
Oranges are known as an excellent source of Vitamin C, vital for the proper function of a healthy immune system.
It is only recently that scientists have begun to identify the components responsible for garlic’s myriad health benefits. Rich in phytochemicals and potassium, garlic helps boost your immune system, fight cancer and protect your heart.
Peppers are an incredible source of vitamins C and A, which support your skin and immune system. They also provide beneficial carotenoid compounds such as beta-carotene, which has been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers.
Mangoes are a good source of fibre and antioxidants, including vitamin C, which means they support a healthy immune system and may fight chronic and inflammatory diseases. They also contain nutrients that support eye and skin health and are a good part of an overall healthy diet.
Pineapple features vitamins and minerals that are known to help shorten viral and bacterial infections and strengthen bones. There’s also evidence that the tropical fruit may help prevent cancer and help fertility by improving the quality of sperm.
Jicama contains dietary fiber, potassium, iron, copper and nitrate, which may benefit heart health by lowering cholesterol levels, reducing blood pressure and improving circulation.
Onions are a humble vegetable packed with vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Regular consumption of onions can help boost digestive health and reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
Consuming dairy products (such as milk and cheese) provides health benefits — especially improved bone health. Dairy foods provide nutrients that are vital for health and maintenance of your body. These nutrients include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein.
Fresh mint is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and can have a calming effect on the digestive system. It is also a good source of folate, which supports blood health.
Chili has been proven to help reduce the duration of sickness, prevent heart disease, and promote weight loss.
Mexican Fruit Salad Recipe Cooking Tips
Gazpacho Moreliano is a quick and easy recipe to make at home. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to get you started.
- The key to making authentic Gazpacho Moreliano is to chop the fruit very small so when you take a scoop with a spoon you get a taste of mango, pineapple and jicama all in one bite. Use a sharp French knife to dice the fruit into tiny pieces.
- We’ve used olive oil in this recipe but you can substitute with canola oil if you prefer.
- We’ve used lime juice in this recipe but you can substitue with lemon or grapefruit juice. Ensure to use citrus juice that is acidic and tangy to contrast with the sweetness of the mango and orange.
- If you don’t like spicy food you can remove the seeds of the Jalapeno and simply add the chopped pepper into the salad.
- We’ve used white onion in this recipe but you can substitute with shallots or sweet Vidalia onion.
- We’ve used just 1/4 tsp of chili powder in this recipe but if you really like spicy food feel free to add more when garnishing each glass.
- We’ve used crumbled feta cheese in this recipe but you can also use Mexican queso fresco like cojita if you have a local Latin American grocery nearby.
What To Serve with Gazpacho Moreliano
There’s nothing more satisfying than crunching through juicy Gazpacho Moreliano Mexican Fruit Salad on a hot summer day.
The versatile dish can be enjoyed at brunch as a fruit salad or as a side dish at lunch or dinner served alongside guacamole, mezcal or tequila cocktails, grilled fish, shrimp or steak. It’s also a tasty garnish to top tostadas or tacos.
If you’re hosting a Mexican-themed dinner party you might want to serve our Gaspacho Moreliano recipe with:
- Tommy’s Margarita
- Perfect Patron Margarita
- Mezcal Paloma Slushie Cocktail
- Mexican Mule Tequila Cocktail
- Mexican Cantaritos Tequila Cocktail
- Chicken Pork & Shrimp Mexican Paella
- Mexican Vegan Cucumber Radish Salad with Chipotle Peanuts
- Albondigas al Chipotle Smoky Mexican Meatballs
- Asado de Boda Mexican Chile Pork Stew
- Salsa de Huevo Vegetarian Mexican Scrambled Eggs
- Vegan Mexican Pepita Pesto
- Mango Pico de Gallo Salsa
- Chipotle Mexican Bean Soup
- Chicken Fajita Tacos
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How To Make A Traditional Gazpacho Moreliano Recipe
Gaspacho Moreliano Mexican Tropical Fruit Salad
- French knife
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- Large Mixing Bowl
- 6 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup Lime Juice
- 1 tsp Orange Zest
- 2 tbsp Orange Juice
- 1 Garlic Clove
- 1 Jalapeno Pepper
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- 2 Mangos finely chopped
- 10 oz Pineapple finely chopped
- 8 oz Jicama finely chopped
- 3 oz White Onion finely chopped
- 1/2 cup Fresh Mint Leaves
- 1/4 cup Crumbed Queso or Feta Cheese
- 1/4 tsp Chile Powder
- In a measuring cup, whisk together the oil, lime juice, orange zest, orange juice, garlic, jalapeno and salt until dissolved.
- In a large mixing bowl, toss the mango, pineapple, jicama, onion, mint and half the dressing. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Serve with additional dressing and top with a sprinkling of crumbled cheese and a few dashes of chili powder.
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