Mango Apple Salad w/ Sugared Lime Zest

This salad is like an edible mango margarita. It’s sweet, zesty and with the addition of a little salt, it’s downright tangy! The good news is that it won’t get you in a lot of trouble like a margarita can. OOOOH tequila…there’s a reason why I call you ta-kill-ya!

Let’s take a moment to talk about fruit salads. People always ask you to bring one when they invite you over. You have to put at least 4 fruits in to make it a legit fruit salad….OR you could just cut up two fruits (in this case mango & apple), put sugared lime zest on top and call it a day! That sugared lime zest earns your EXTRA bonus points. It’s like two extra fruits or something.

This means your fruit salad task was ridiculously simple and people are utterly impressed.

What would happen if you drank a margarita while eating this salad? Brain explosion from awesomeness?

I think it would be an excellent ending to a Shrimp Taco Night.

Discuss.

And we’re off!

Ingredient gathering time. Bust out your microplane zester.

Zest limes!

Slice up your apple. Squeeze some lime juice in a bowl and toss the apples in.

That will prevent them from browning. Now slice up your mango.

Do you have a mango peeler? They are super awesome. You should get one if you don’t.

You just peel the mango, cut the pit out of each half and then slice it up!

Put the sugar, zest & salt into a mini food processor. PROCESS!

It’s magic! It’s soft, fluffy and full of FLAVOR.

Arrange fruit on a plate…or in bowls. Sprinkle the sugared lime zest on top. Keep some hanging out on the side.

You might find yourself eating all 4 servings.

HOORAY FOR FRUIT!

You should try this sugared lime zest on: strawberries, pineapple, papaya, watermelon, your finger, a rim of a cocktail glass & on top of a cheesecake. It’s amazing.

Mango Apple Salad w/ Sugared Lime Zest

serves 4

recipe slightly adapted from Martha Stewart Living

  • 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • 2 mangoes

Grate zest from limes. Squeeze 2 teaspoons juice from 1 of the zested limes into a bowl. Process lime zest, sugar and salt in a food processor until zest is coarsely ground.

Core apple, then cut in half and slice thinly. Add to lime juice, and toss. Peel mango; cut flesh away from pit and slice thinly.

Arrange apple & mango on a serving platter or plates. Sprinkle with some of the sugared lime zest and serve remaining zest mixture on the side.

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  • May 30, 2012

    I think half of the starred recipes in my Google Reader come from your blog, and you’ve done it again! This looks amazing! I love that it’s so simple, with just two main fruits, and I love that they’re in big chunks. What a simple but impressive fruit salad. Definitely going to make this, thanks for the recipe!

  • May 30, 2012

    WOW thats amazing. Very innovative and lovely.

  • May 30, 2012

    This sounds so amazing and refreshing!

  • May 30, 2012

    My kids are ADDICTED to mangos and lime so I know they’ll love this in their lunches. I may add some jicama for an extra little crunch. I think my kids get weird looks when they pull out their lunch at school…

    • Tracy
      May 30, 2012

      jicama would be fantastic with this. Good call!

  • May 30, 2012

    MMMM, sugar lime zest. I’ve been sprinkling pineapple with mint sugar a la Jamie Oliver. This sounds ramped up a bit and I like that. I think I’ll gather these ingredients for the kids today. Nice one!

    • Tracy
      May 30, 2012

      mmmmmmint sugar!

  • Michelle
    May 30, 2012

    This looks ah-mazing! Must head to the grocery store to collect the ingredients.

    • Tracy
      May 30, 2012

      DO IT.

  • May 30, 2012

    i love the picture of the whole fruits. pretty!!

    • Tracy
      May 30, 2012

      thanks, maj!

  • May 30, 2012

    The sugared lime zest is genius. It looks like a nice cocktail rim concoction too!

  • Haha “try it on…your finger”.

    I don’t have a mango peeler, but I DO have a mango pitter. It’s one of the only uni-tasking items in my kitchen, but is totally worth it. I hate cutting around those crazy pits!

    • Kelsey
      May 30, 2012

      Hahahaha! I have a mango pitter too, and every time someone else cooks in my kitchen they’re always like “What is this…?” I like to play it all cool and blase. “It’s a mango pitter (Doesn’t everyone have one of those??)”

      • Tracy
        May 30, 2012

        Hahaha!

  • May 30, 2012

    Your mom’s finger!!

  • Sandra Lea
    May 30, 2012

    Any tips for cutting neatly around the pit? I always find this difficult and my slices don’t come out looking nearly as neat as yours.

  • missy
    May 30, 2012

    how long do you think the zested sugar will keep?

    • Tracy
      May 30, 2012

      for a few days at least. It depends how moist your sugar is. I have mine in the fridge and it’s on day two. Just fine.

  • May 30, 2012

    Of course! Use a vegetable peeler to peel a mango! You would laugh if you saw what I’ve been doing. This salad looks delicious. I’m going to try it out tomorrow morning :)

    Rachel
    pigeondesigns.ca

    • Tracy
      May 30, 2012

      oh yeah? What have you been doing? ;)

  • oooh…this looks like perfection. Especially on a hot day!

  • Laura
    May 30, 2012

    this looks too delicious. I’m gonna sprinkle it on all my foods. oatmeal incl.

  • I can safely say that mango is my favorite tropical fruit, it is a great idea to pair it with some citrus zest, this should really open all the flavors, and create the perfect summer salad!

  • May 31, 2012

    Those mango slices are PERFECT! I always end up butchering mine (they are so slippery and slip around on me when I’m trying to slice them…haha!)

    • Tracy
      May 31, 2012

      Use a paper towel to wipe it off a little and then cut! It makes life EASIER!

    • August 11, 2012

      You write so hnesolty about this. Thanks for sharing!

  • May 31, 2012

    I too cannot cut a mango neatly! Those silly pits always get me!!

    This salad looks awesome!! And I want to eat the lime sugar with a spoon!!

  • Sara
    May 31, 2012

    I love my zester, and I love the idea of lime/sugar zest on fruit! I think I may want to invest in a mango pitter; I use my apple one all the time, and it makes life easier. Thanks for the pretty recipe!

  • May 31, 2012

    Oooh, this makes me want to have my friends over for cocktails and sit in the backyard. Yum!

  • wow that looks so delicious! and what an interesting and creative combination! i bet it’s terrific!! thanks for sharing!

  • June 17, 2012

    I will make this mango apple salad today. The day is very warm here in sunny southwest Florida, perfect for such a delicious treat.. checkout :
    http://www.mangosinpardise.com for some of the best ever Pine Island Flordia mangoes!
    Thanks,
    Libby

  • Kelly
    February 11, 2013

    I just wanted to let you know that I make this salad about once a week (and have branched out to other fruits combos now too – pineapple and apple are the current favorites). Thanks for such a great and simple recipe. It really takes the blah out of the usual rice and beans as a side dish for Mexican food night.

  • June 18, 2013

    Does your blog have a contact page? I’m having problems locating it but, I’d like to shoot you an email.

    I’ve got some recommendations for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great site and I look forward to seeing it improve over time.

    • Tracy
      June 18, 2013

      It’s in the ABOUT page. You can find a form at the bottom :)

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