If you are a fan of fruit salads and margaritas, then this Tequila Lime Fruit Salad will surely hit the spot. This spiked bowl of fresh fruit has a nice sweet flavor that comes from a infused tequila-lime simple syrup.
Today we are taking a little trip to the tropics with this boozy fruit salad that is perfect for serving in the spring and summer months. It is so refreshing, easy to make and bursting with fresh lime flavor.
Now since this has tequila, it can't be served to the kiddos but it is totally okay to have something that is only for the adults. So next time you are asked to bring the "fruit" for a picnic, party, etc., surprise them with this tasty salad.
This easy to make salad can start with any of your favorite fruits and the more colorful the better!
- Tequila (I used the Reposado type but other kinds would work well too)
- Key Limes
Feel free to substitute other fresh fruit such as watermelon, blackberries, raspberries, etc.
While this has tequila, to make it kid friendly, you could skip it when making the syrup
How do you make infused simple syrup?
Simple syrup starts with water and sugar (amounts in recipe card below) that is brought to a boil on the stove until the sugar melts. Next add in tequila, key lime juice and let cool in the refrigerator abut an hour. Right before pouring on fruit, add the lime zest and toss gently to distribute the simple syrup.
Your simple syrup should last about a week in the refrigerator if you don't use it all.
The main difference are that key limes are a LOT smaller. To get a quarter cup of juice for this recipe, I had to squeeze about 12 limes. The other limes (known as Persian limes) are larger and have a thicker skin.
Key limes are known for being more aromatic and a little more intense in flavor but less tart. Sometimes they are hard to find if they aren't in season. For the purpose of this recipe, feel free to substitute a Persian lime.
Also, since the Persian limes do have a thicker skin, I used those to get my lime zest for the salad. I think it would have been kind of hard to zest the key limes!
You can cut up fruit the day ahead and it won't lose its freshness. The only exception is bananas as they would turn brown. If using, add when making salad.
While it can prevent browning, I would not recommend for this salad as it could compete with the lime dressing.
Other Recipes to Serve
If you like this Tequila Lime Fruit Salad, you might want to try these others for summertime entertaining - Mexican Street Corn Salad, Watermelon Caprese Bites, and Black Bean and Corn Salad. All of these would be good choices.
Get the Recipe
- 4 cups strawberries, sliced
- 4 cups kiwi, cubed
- 4 cups pineapple, cubed
- 4 cups cantaloupe, cubed
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup key lime juice
- 2 tablespoons tequila
- zest from one lime
- In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water.
- Bring to boil and stir until sugar dissolves
- Remove from heat and stir in tequila and lime juice
- Refrigerate about an hour to cool then add lime zest
- Place cut up fruit in a large bowl
- Drizzle simple syrup over and mix gently
- Serve immediately
- Leftovers can be refrigerated
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 138Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 4gSugar: 26gProtein: 1g
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